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The Indian advantage

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Science  12 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6240, pp. 1214
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3022

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According to author Dinesh Sharma, the foundations of India's IT revolution were laid during the first half of the 20th century, when the country was still under British rule. During this time, leading Indian scientists worked to build centers for computer science and technology, and facilitated robust training programs for Indian engineers. Driven by the desire to establish a self-sufficient nation-state, in subsequent years, the Indian government worked to foster indigenous computer science efforts. India's lasting contribution to the computing industry has mainly been the development of the outsourcing service delivery model, however, as reviewer Somaditya Banerjee points out, India may ultimately leave a mark in other arenas as well.