KJo wrote:My point is that I have seen many IT people in India take in jobs from the US to India, but seem shocked when jobs leave India for the very same reason that they came to India in the first place. The reason is simple, cheap labor.
Even with the lay-offs this is what is happening. The jobs are not going out of India, but to a more cheaply available labour force in India. But I do agree with you, that US may not be a hunky-dory place it is believed to be. During the dot com burst in 2000, I know (very vaguely) of a case where an Indian couple (wifey pregnant as well) who was financially helped by his friends, after he lost his job. For some strange reason he also did not want to quit US.
Theo_Fidel wrote:Do the India IT majors have a R&D lab. Esp. for 100,000 person type companies there should be at least 10% in R&D right.
Most of the colonels & brigadiers claim to have an R&D lab. But what has really come out of such labs is a big question mark .
dsreedhar wrote:There is a big imbalance in the IT discipline vs the rest. It is time to set that right before we lose a generation of graduates to lower order IT work.
A course correction seems to be happen behind the scenes. News reports were mentioning that in many engineering colleges Computer Science courses have lots of open seats. Many big IT companies now have started looking for mass recruitment from smaller cities and towns. So the young crowd seems to have realised that IT industry in its current avataar may not last long, or would not be a cushy job. I know a couple of cases where folks knew what kind of "projects" were available for them, and decided to move into other government organisations or PSUs.
I found a one pager article in the Malayalam daily today. Did not expect this news to get so much traction. The mallu journalist was quick in asking one question to the people who have started a new organisation. CITU (argueably the biggest trade union in India) could not energise the techies to form up a union, so how will this new outfit get kick started. Many TCS employees feel that unionising would jeopardize their chances in getting a job in another IT company. Laws and rules regarding employment in IT companies is a big grey area at the moment. For ages it was believed that a company could hold back degree certificates etc., and it took for some time for people to understand that it is illegal.