In a surprising finding, a recent study has concluded that an overwhelming majority of Indian students pursuing higher education in the United States would prefer to return home to begin their professional careers.
Only eight per cent of the nearly 1,000 Indian students who were surveyed expressed strong preference to stay back in the US. The rest are either planning to return home or are undecided as of now, says the joint study conducted by Rutgers University, Pennsylvania State University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Nearly 74 per cent of the respondents plan to return to India eventually or had already done so, with most (53 per cent of the whole sample) preferring to get a few years of work experience in the US prior to returning, the study noted.
This could be the result of the visa lottery system in the US, but if this trend continues, Indian industry and economy would be the gainer of the American education system and short term
Representatives of 25 Indian blue-chip companies, industry mavens, and diplomats gathered in the US Congress that they are creating jobs in the US, not taking them away.
Indian firms presented a checklist of what it was doing for America in troubled times: employing 60,000 people across 40 states, more than four-fifths hired locally; acquisitions worth nearly $6 billion since 2005; hiring thousands of fresh US college graduates; all with the cumulative effect of saving thousands of American jobs.