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Where once the brains of India left for more lucrative pastures in the United States, today a handful of fresh American college graduates are trickling in to sample the fruits of the Indian economic boom. The change testifies not only to the fact that India, long idolized as a spiritual mecca, is emerging as a place to fulfill material aspirations. It also signals the efforts of Indian companies to extend their global reach and recognition, particularly as they face a crunch in finding qualified homegrown talent.


Despite India’s seemingly limitless pool of workers, these foreigners make up for talent shortages faced by the outsourcing industry. Even as call centers are the first job choice for millions of young Indians, employers are getting choosier about the people they hire, and it’s tough to train Indians to speak the kind of colloquial English, French, Spanish, German, or Dutch that customers want. Although no one knows for sure how many young foreigners are answering phones in India, some 30,000 expats today work for Indian tech and outsourcing companies, about triple the number two years ago, says the National Association of Software & Services Companies, the industry trade association.

And that’s just the start. The country’s outsourcers will need some 160,000 workers with top-notch foreign-language skills by 2010, estimates Evalueserve, a Delhi-based company that provides research services to corporate clients worldwide. But in the next five years, Indian schools will only produce 40,000 or so grads with the proficiency needed for those jobs and foreigners will make up the difference


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