More seriously than all this 200kt, test now, test tomorrow, "incineration radius" RC's term used in lectures etc etc has anyone thought about the manpower crisis that looms with the DAE, CSIR etc not being able to attract top talent. Look here we have a situation Sikka does the crater phenomenology(Pramana paper 1986) with RC, Sikka does seismology all those Current Science papers, Sikka does EOS, Sikka does neutron physics ietc etc. now Sikka has gone. Ab Ranga kya hoga? I mean suppose Thirunansambandam did aerodynamics for LCA, Thirunansambandam did avioniics, Thirunansambandam did Kaveri all for the LCA what will the "gurus" say on this forum. Either Thirunansambandam is the "cleverest boy in Bangalore or Nashik or wherever" or there is a manpower shortage to oversee everything.
So 10 years down the road from what various senior DAE people and people in IIT's tell me and at IISc there is a problem coming. Yes India may have a strong economics base but I can assure you the scientific leadership in India is in a bind with this problem of poor students.
There is an actual course being run in IIT Bombay( it still calls itself that) in a few days with many of the basic things needed to do some of the things discussed. Most people who attend are lectureres from small places all over India. But then they go back to Tondiarpet, Changanacherry etc and forget what they have learnt much less teach their wards the things they have learnt in IIT because its outside the syllabus.
CEP Course IIT Bombay
So even to manage what you have and go beyond what you have I fear there is a problem. Fine lets stop testing etc. whatever and let the economy grow. How sure is everybody that there will be a next generation of competent people? I can tell you categorically in TIFR there is a crisis. Same at HRI and IMSc these are all DAE institutes. It is openly talked about there. If you search you will find lots of links about the crisis in the IIT's. One way out of this is to get people from eastern Europe.
Yes they have started to apply to India. However as a department head
told me in IIT Bombay showing me an applicants file. India is not yet competitive to hire such people. These are not the A grade types who still go to the US. But reasonably good people. A salary of $3000/- will attract them, but the GOI is yet to move. At TIFR such applicants are there too,
I have been shown such files. Maybe give these people security clearance and let them work. How comfortable are you? Pakistan has been doing this quietly, you will find Ibrahimov, and Bashirkoff's in the faculty. All those Uzbegs, Kyrghzs etc who occupied lower level positions in weapons bureaus have to eat and since many are out of work and not needed in Russia why not join the chums across the border. This has not gone unnoticed in India I can tell you.
Maybe I am being pessimistic but it is a serious concern.