Abasyn Journal of Social Sciences. Vol.8 No.2

Preventing and Reversing Pakistan’s Brain Drain: An Empirical Analysis of Public Sector Universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Fahad Khan Afridi, Qadar Bakhsh Baloch

1 Assistant Professor, CECOS University of Science and Information Technology.
Associate Professor, National University of Modern Languages


The research study was aimed at investigating the phenomenon of Brain Drain in Pakistani perspective, identifying different factors associated with its outflow and suggesting measures for its  prevention and reversal. The research population was Pakistani students pursuing their higher education abroad comprising of students having secured employment at home. A questionnaire  was emailed to 152 university teachers of eighteen public sector universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The surprising outcome of the research was that the brain drain of Pakistan is not substantial  rather yielding positive results in the shape of balancing balance of payment. The research recommends that Pakistan needs to take calculated initiative in preventing and reversing its  brain drain by applying brain gain and brain circulation strategies on one hand, and initiating specific development projects at home capable to absorb returning skills at home, on the other.
Keywords: Brain Drain, Brain Gain, Human Capital




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