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Ones That Do Take Off

Post-reforms, ISRO finds it can't keep (or get) the best

Ones That Do Take Off
Ones That Do Take Off
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MISHAPS and disasters of the IRS-1D and INSAT-2D kind may be an accepted part of the global space game, but many are asking if ISRO's recent troubles have anything to do with man-management, post-liberalisation. "It looks like a great place to be. But frustration is building up," says one ISRO scientist who quit recently. "It's top-heavy. Nepotism is on the rise. Underpaid and underutilised, key guys are getting demoralised." Pre-Manmohanomics, the pride of working for a government organisation wanting to put India on the space map was enough to woo the best brains to ISRO. It offered decent money, a little glamour and a lot of job security.

But in the age of Mammon, ISRO has been unable to match the carrots dangled by other players in the space industry and software transnationals. Result: a constant erosion of high-quality manpower.

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