Jamia Millia’s Mansoor leaves a better life in US, returns to India.
Many scientists go to foreign countries to gain exposure. Of them many stay there and some return back to serve their motherland. The story of Jaipur-born Syed Mansoor is a case in point like several other scientists who have given up better life to return to India.After getting a chance to do postdoctoral research in the University of Illinois in 2008, and staying there for a few years, Manoor is back at Jamia Millia Islamia where he teaches at the Department of Biotechnology. It is to be noted that after three years he succeeded in getting a faculty position in Yale University. But in 2015, he came back to India under the Ramanujan Fellowship.
“It was a tough decision for me; India doesn’t have good research opportunities like in the West, and the salary is much less. But after a lot of introspection, I decided to return. You can run your own lab and you can apply for better funding. I got a permanent position in Jamia in March 2016, within a year of my return. There are many problems in the scientific terrain of India, lack of funds and resources being the main ones. But I love my country and will never go again to any foreign shore for work,” Mansoor told ET.
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