No holds barred


The contribution of foreign scientists in U.S. even in their high security projects is so great and useful and the U.S. academia believes in their loyalty so much that the administration had to relent to the academic demand.

In a document posted on the Federal Register website even the deputy assistant, secretary of commerce for export administration, said, “Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recognizes export controls must take into account the contribution of foreign nationals to US fundamental research�.

US academia pulled off a major victory against the administration’s move to restrict the entry of foreign-born scientists. The US commerce department was forced to with draw a controversial legislation on deemed exports which could have denied scientists from abroad access to certain technologies.

The legislation, if implemented, would have restricted scientists of foreign origin working on “sensitive� projects at universities in the US to wear badges that announce their alien status. Worse still it proposed a system of control and license that would have restricted their physical movements in labs they work at. What that meant was that researchers of foreign origin would not be allowed around certain laboratories and equipment.

This law has limited the export to other countries of technologies that are considered to be critical to US national security, such as satellite technologies and certain advanced computing systems.

If a foreign student uses such devices I the conduct of his or her academic research, the knowledge that student carries back home is legally considered to be a ‘deemed export’ of that technology to another country. Since the 1980s, the Federal government has allowed a ‘basic research exemption’ so that for the most part, basic university research was exempt from the law.

The proposal met with huge opposition, especially amongst the academic community in the US. For months virtually every top-notch university as well as research organizations like the office of naval research and the national academies science lobbied hard against the proposed legislation. However an announcement by the bureau of industry and security has put an end to the uncertainty.

The above information reveals how the intellectuals, professionals and academics regard the value and usefulness of Human Resources with their high skills irrespective of the fact that they are foreign nationals. Even the foreign scientific personnel working on U.S. “sensitive� projects have conducted themselves amicably giving out their full potential. That is why U.S is considered he best country to identify and use HR in the most appropriate manner.

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