Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the brain drain can be seen as ‘brain gain’ if the nation starts looking at Indian diaspora strength rather than numbers.
“Brain drain worries can be converted into brain gain if we see the Indian diaspora as a strength rather than counting them just as numbers,” Modi said after inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to overseas Indians.
Further, he said the world was more keen now than earlier to engage with India.
“In such times ‘fear of unknown’ can be an obstacle. Our diaspora can help overcome this. They just have to tell the world that we belong to India,” he said.
Hailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who coined idea of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, Modi said that we need to to connect with the diaspora.
“Atal Bihari Vajpayee who “coined idea of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and it has been continued since then,” he told IANS.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra will serve as the focal point of the institutional framework to benefit from networks with and among overseas Indians.
The centre is expected to develop into the hub of activities for sustainable, symbiotic and mutually rewarding economic, social and cultural engagement between India and its Diaspora. Among other facilities, the complex has a library, research centre, flexible capacity meeting rooms, cultural centre, auditorium of 500 capacity, 24 guest rooms, business centres and restaurant.