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Silicon Valley – a region that serves as the origin to some of the world’s largest technological organizations. The name, Silicon Valley, was originally in conformity with the region’s large number of Silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer to all the high-tech business activities on the area; it is now generally used as a metonym for the American high-tech sector.
Now the questions that arise are – Does India also need a Silicon Valley ?, Do we really need to be a M.S from top-notch U.S universities or whatever ?, Aren’t we, Indians, really capable of self-sustenance ?
These are some of the vexing questions that arise in the young minds of India. But surprisingly I found that 50% of the ventures in Silicon Valley either have an Indian co-founder or an Indian employee…isn’t that something to brag about ? After all, our brethren are playing a significant role there !
Foreign IT companies sieve and take away all the cream of potential IT professionals from India by offering lucrative U.S citizenship, job offers, partnerships, remunerations and many other benefits. For instance, our very own Indian gems with the likes of Mr. Vinod Dham, Mr. Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystem, though there are many more in the list.
Can’t such great innovations be undertaken in our motherland ?- the answers is a big yes ! Then who’s to be blamed for all the brain drain ? I’m sure, we all are going to unanimously agree on the laid-back policies of our exceptionally ‘hard-working’ government. The Indian Government seems to be more interested in only the maintenance of papers that are brashly vouching for ‘quality’ education in India !
Coming back to the Valley, I think without Indian immigrants it wouldn’t have been able to lay such huge landmarks. It’s been since the early 1970s that number of Indian engineers going to U.S. has increased drastically; almost half of the H-1B visas given by the State Department finally go to Indian engineers.
But times are changing now, slowly and steadily there have been major start-ups and innovations in India, during the course of past 5-6 years. We can see after the Dotcom bubble, now Indians are of the leaders in the e-commerce (online shopping) market and many other innovations like the Eberry.
Attempts are being made to bring our Silicon Valley in Bangalore to match up to the standards of the Silicon Valley in California, Mr. Sabir Bhatia hopes to culminate this dream…Lets hope for the best !