Brain Drain Continues –Chaitanya Davé

Chaitanya Davé
Honourary Editor, Ground Report India

Ever since 1960s, immigration of medical doctors to America and other western countries continues unabated. It is noteworthy that India supplies the largest number of Medical Graduates to the US. With 59,523 physicians of Indian origin working in the English speaking Western world (the US, UK, Australia and Canada combined), India is by far the single largest source of emigre physicians in the world. There are more than 40,838 doctors of Indian origin in America today. The actual number could be higher. It is very nice that Indian doctors are highly rated and respected in America and the western world. We all are proud of this fact.

But it is worth thinking about what does India gain by producing thousands of doctors every year and a good number of them immigrate to other western countries, especially to the US. The cost of producing a medical doctor to the government is quite high. The seats to medical colleges are very limited. There is fierce competition in getting admitted in a medical college in India. Medical education is burdened with noble responsibility. When a student gets his/her education in this vital field, he/she owes certain responsibility to the country. So when a medical graduate such as an MBBS doctor immigrates to USA or other country, India is the loser. Yes, the student who has immigrated to other western country will have a better life. But his/her country will be the big loser.

According to the Medical Council of India data, as of March 2016, the doctor to population ratio in India is very poor and stood at 1 doctor to 1681 persons. As reported by The Times of India (May 4, 2016), between April 2013 and March 2016, 4,701 doctors who graduated from India chose to go abroad. Those who have immigrated abroad, have denied another Indian the same limited seat in the medical college. Government data shows hundreds of posts of doctors, including specialists, continue to remain vacant in government-run hospitals which cater to the needy.

Similarly, the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) is an exclusive school for training engineering students who are the brightest amongst all Indians. Admission there is fiercely competitive. The seats are limited. It costs India lot of money to educate an IIT graduate. So when an IIT graduate, after getting his degree immigrates to USA or other western country, India loses big. Those who want to go abroad should not go into medicine or join IIT as these seats should be allowed to go to those who plan to live in India and serve their country.

So what is the solution? The solution is simple. Before admitting any student in a Medical College (private or government college) or at IIT, the Indian government should obtain a written pledge from that student that he or she will work and serve in India for ten years (exact number of years could be decided by the government) before immigrating abroad. The violators could be fined appropriately. This way, India gets the benefit of educating that student serving India. A poor country like India can’t afford educating its students in key sectors and ultimately losing them to other rich countries.

Chaitanya Davé, California, USA

Chaitanya, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, is an author, the Founder of Pragati Foundation, an Industrialist, a social activist, a highly progressive individual and an environmentalist; lives with his wife Amita in California, USA.

Attended college at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated with B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1969. Started his own company in 1980 manufacturing metal finishing chemical products. The company is still running successfully.

He is founder/president of a non-profit charity organization named ‘Pragati’, based in Southern California and Hemubhai Rural Development Foundation based in India. The foundation has done rural developmental work in villages in India since 1993. He has travelled extensively all over the world and runs a non-profit rural development foundation. 

Chaitanya Dave with Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat on December 2013 became the prime minister of India in May 2014

Chaitanya Dave with Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat on December 2013  (Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India in May 2014)

On December 2013, Chaitanya Dave met in person with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendrabhai Modi, about six months before he became the prime minister of the largest democracy in the world, India.

Early on Chaitanya Dave learned that only through good education and focused hard work can one come up in life. That is what he did developing his successful metal finishing company against all odds and very little money, in Los Angeles in 1980. He learned that there is no substitute for hard work. He derived these and other principles from great men like Mahatma Gandhiji and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Chaitanya Davé has authored three books:

  1. CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: A Shocking Record of US Crimes since 1776 (Nov. 2007)
  2. COLLAPSE: Civilization on the Brink (June 2010), and 
  3. MONUMENTAL SHIFT: Creating a New Economy with Genuine Democracy. (2016)

Amita Dave has M.S in education from Pune University and also a Master’s degree in Special Education in the USA. She has been a teacher, administrator and advisor in the field of Special Education with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Though retired now, she continues to take assignments in her field.


  1. Maurya Dave, an electrical engineer and the CEO of Surfin Chemical Corp., Los Angeles, CA, USA
  2. Dr Aditya Dave, a Veterinarian, currently doing his residency at Minnesota State University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Favourite quotes:

  • “Nobody can make you unhappy without your permission” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • "I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have it." -- Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. president

Chaitanya Dave’s motto in life:
Work hard, read a lot, learn a lot, and enjoy your life with your family and friends while helping others too.

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