Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Why America Needs Skilled Workers from India and China

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President Obama after sending the annual budgetary proposal for the fiscal year 2013 to Congress said that he does not want US companies to look for skilled and educated workers from India and China in field of engineering, technology and science. Mr. President – this is not going to happen any time soon. Let me tell you why. 

Mr. President, have a look at the ratio of American students to ratio of Indian and Chinese students doing Ph.D. in best schools across US. It will be close to a miracle if you can see an engineering department in any school that has 25% of Americans as Ph.D. scholars. During my five years of my Ph.D. in Arizona State University (ASU), I have seen an Indian, a Bangladeshi, a Jordanian, an Egyptian and a Mexican all graduating with their Ph.D degree with my guide as advisor but not a single American. Mr President, just go to any graduation ceremony of top engineering schools in US and see for yourselves how many Chinese and Indian students are awarded Ph.D. degree and how many Americans are getting it. 
Almost all the cutting edge research happening in various schools is mainly due to the efforts of Indians and Chinese Ph.D. students. You take these students out of equation and I am sure majority of the research activities happening in major Universities will stop. Now where do these students who graduate with their Ph.D. go? Companies will be competing to hire them as they have knowledge in latest technologies thanks to their Ph.D. No company may want to wait to get non-existent  American while you have properly trained Indian and Chinese from good schools graduating out every year. 
Now coming to jobs in IT sector – I have seen employees of outsourced companies from India like Infosys, Wipro working for over 12 hours a day and also working at odd hours to deliver a product to American client or fix a bug in the system so that by the time Americans wakes up they have a perfect system in place. How many Americans are willing to work for over 8 hours a day and that too without getting a cent as overtime pay? Majority of Americans will prefer to make burger in Burger King for 8 hours a day rather than work as a software engineer that demands updated skill set and long working hours. 
Majority of Americans always wanted jobs in their comfort zone (like week-ends off, no official work after 5:00 PM etc) and these jobs/research works outsourced/taken by Indians and Chinese are kinds of jobs much away from the comfort zone of Americans. Unless a cultural and mental revolution happens in US, she has to depend on skilled workers from India, China and other countries for existence. That is the truth and a political statement by US President is not going to change this truth. What do you all think?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think he was advocating a boycott, but a change in our educational system and national goals so that we develop more workers in these area to lessen the dependence on foreign workers. This is not something that can be done overnight, but we need to lay down the framework now so that we can compete in the future. I wouldn't worry too much, presidents have been saying this for decades....


February 14, 2012 8:23 PM  
Blogger thiru said...

He is in an election year. What do you expect him to tell??

February 14, 2012 8:31 PM  
Blogger thiru said...

He is in an election year. What do you expect him to tell??

February 14, 2012 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After all, he has to win, right?

February 15, 2012 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any country will prosper when there is a decrease in wicked people.

February 17, 2012 3:31 PM  

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