Many Indian families will not experience the same struggles as
the Ganguli family depicted in the famed book and movie, “The
Namesake”, as it seems most fresh college graduates in India now
prefer not to leave India. It is well known that graduates from
the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITians) have historically
preferred to move to the United States or other countries to pursue
higher studies and explore more attractive career opportunities.
However, preferences have changed during the last few years according
to a recent survey of 677 IITians by Evalueserve – a global research
and analytics’ firm. Among IITians who graduated during 1964 and
2001, 35% moved to countries other than India, while 65% remained.
However, among IITians who graduated in 2002 and later (including
the graduating class of 2008), only 16% moved while 84% remained
in India. Recent graduates also believe that India will be the
most promising geography for IIT graduates in 10 years.
Changing Geographical Preferences
Among IITians Among IITians who graduated prior to 2002, approximately
60% of the respondents viewed the developed countries as the destination
with the best career opportunities. However, among those who graduated
in 2002 or after, this trend has been reversed with 51% respondents
now considering India to be the preferred career location. As
many as 90% of all graduating IITians have chosen to remain in
India in 2006.
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