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Recession helps DRDO retain talent news
04 February 2009

Bangalore: Recessionary trends may be making at least one organization cheerful the country's umbrella defence research agency, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). For long a victim of poaching by the country's, and specifically the city's IT industry, it now finds that an uncertain work climate resulting from recessionary trends is helping it retain talent, and even prodding others who had left earlier to send feelers about a return.

Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
Image credit: Aeronautical Development Agency
This may translate into good news for the country's indigenous fighter aircraft development programme the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. "After recessionary trends in the economy, we are not losing men to the IT industry, which will help our efforts to complete the programme in time," Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) director, Dr PS Subramanyam said here.

"The LCA team comprises 350 members and in last five years more than 150 of them left for greener pastures," said Dr Subramanayam. The DRDO lab suffered not only because of the high salary structure offered by the IT industry, but also because of the presence of IT majors in the city itself, making it easy for talent crossovers to take place.  

With economies around the globe entering a meltdown phase, former members of the LCA team are approaching the DRDO once again for work related to the indigenous aircraft development programme.

"I am getting feelers from people who had left us then and joined companies such as Wipro, Satyam, Infosys and other major IT companies that they again want to join the prestigious programme," Dr Subrahmanyam said.

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