Friday, September 7, 2007

ISRO and Attrition : The Problem Statement

Out of all the research institutions in India, I have always hold ISRO in the highest esteem. Fueled by the passion of hundreds of scientists and engineers and the vision of Vikram Sarabhai, ISRO has achieved a lot in a very short span of time. While organisations like DRDO are infamous for their inefficiency and lack of productivity, ISRO has been immensely successful in all the spheres of its activities.
But recently ISRO is facing a great problem ie to attract and retain the best talents of the country. Space Technology is a highly sophisticated area of research and development. So ISRO needs really smart people to carry out the research, design , development and deployment work. Last year the attrition rate of ISRO was 53%. In the last 3 years ISRO has hired 1060 employees and 392 scientists have left ISRO. No doubt the quality of work done at ISRO is good and there are not much bureaucratic hurdles and politics at workplace [ for which DRDO is notorious]. So the obvious reason is the higher pay packs offered by the private sector.
ISRO is taking some steps to have a decent pool of talent at its disposal. The launch of IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) is one in that direction. Students will be specifically trained for Bachelors and Integrated Masters Degrees in aerospace related technologies at IIST. After that they either have to work 5 years for ISRO(provided they have a 1st class) or have to pay Rs 10 lakhs. ISRO has also asked for a salary hike of its employees.
Now for the readers:
1: What do you think that ISRO ought to do to check the attrition?
2: What do you think is the main reason of attrition? Your answer can be specific to ISRO or generic as well.


t2mretro said...

I guess when ISRO launches spacecraft to moon as promised it will automatically pull talented people to it.

samir said...
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Soubhagya Ranjan Nayak. said...

Thanx for the response. I have deleted the 2 really wise comments from Sameer and Tapas [:)] for the obvious reasons.