Despite restrictive measures, Indian professionals are making a mark
Artificial barriers on movement or citizenship issues have failed to prevent Indians from finding their metier. Despite the restrictive measures undertaken by the Trump administration in the US and prime minister Theresa May in the UK, there is no stopping for Indian technology professionals from making a mark. Not surprisingly then, they have become a part of the ecosystem for the most celebrated technology enterprises globally. Take the case of Manu Gulati who was recently whisked away by the Internet giant, Google from the iconic Apple Computers. He is by all accounts right on top of his game, and Google knew this. Most of the 15-odd high-end technology patents filed by Apple for system on chip (SOC) were the creation of Gulati. And, what’s great about these systems on chips? Well, SOCs are the heart and soul of most computing systems that integrate and control all digital, analogous, mixed signal, radio frequency functions on microprocessors.
With several laurels to his credit, the ace chip designer is the lead SOC architect to drive the pixel phones being developed by Google that would essentially differentiate its products from run of the mill android systems. The common android phones made by companies like HTC, LG, Lenovo, Asus and several others have chips made by Qualcomm. Gulati had also worked for over two decades with original chipmakers like AMD and intel. Gulati is not a one-off case of an Indian being wooed by the world’s top tech companies. Indeed, several technology companies globally depend heavily on Indian IT professionals to stay afloat, take on competition and get going. Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella as chief executive officers of Google Inc and Microsoft are well known. Indian professionals are a top draw at Adobe Systems, Nokia, Micro Systems, Global Foundries, Mastercard and elsewhere. The contribution to US digital economy of 89,000 highly talented Indian-origin IT professionals in Silicon Valley and 86,000 others in San Francisco and Oakland is by no means small. In Europe, Indian technology professionals continue to hold sway not just in the IT industry but all related sectors from biotechnology to space sciences.
If one were to go by the US-based Migration Policy Institute numbers, Indians are without match. In fact, former US President Barack Obama had famously advised US students to take Indian brainpower as the biggest challenge, work hard and compete with them to excel in technology areas. If harnessed and provided with opportunities, there could be hundreds of Manu Gulatis waiting to happen back home. For that, the right eco-system will have to be built in India. With the kind of global exposure in terms of training, skills and education that Indian students get, this should happen in India, by all accounts a country on the move.