[January 25, 2006]

Fewer students from India make U.S. home

(Omaha World-Herald (NE) (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Jan. 25--The idea that most students from India stay in the United States to live and work is no longer true, says Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Most return to India, Gouttierre said.

"That's a major shift," he said.

The reasons, said Vin Gupta, a native of India who has made his home in Omaha, are improvements in job opportunities and the quality of life in India.

"Now they are saying, 'Why do I want to stay in the U.S.?'" said Gupta, chairman and chief executive officer of InfoUSA. People with a good education can live well in India on $2,000 to $3,000 a month, Gupta said.

Because of rapid growth in the technology industry, India is facing a shortage of chief information officers, typically the top technology job in a business, said Rakesh Gupta, an InfoUSA executive.

"All the big names that are here are there," he said, referring to major technology companies like IBM and Cisco.

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