Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
2-min read

‘If Science Loses, Everyone Loses’: Indian-origin Nobel Laureate Calls for 'Sensible' post-Brexit Immigration plan

Prof Venkatraman Ramakrishnan on Monday warned that Britain is in danger of losing its position as a leading scientific hub.

PTI

Updated:September 18, 2018, 2:55 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
‘If Science Loses, Everyone Loses’: Indian-origin Nobel Laureate Calls for 'Sensible' post-Brexit Immigration plan
Nobel Prize winning biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Photo source: Wikipedia)
Loading...

London: India-born Nobel Prize winning biologist Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan has called for a "sensible" post-Brexit immigration system to ensure that mobility of scientists is maintained when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) next year.

"We feel that we are at a crossroads for British and European science as a result of the current negotiations that are going on. There is a lot of talk about various issues around Brexit and we are worried that in all these talks and negotiations, somehow science should not take a back seat," said Prof. Venki. "If science loses, everyone loses," he said.

Prof Venki, who as president of the UK's Royal Society is the country's key advocate for science, has warned that Britain is in danger of losing its position as a leading scientific hub in the event of a no-deal or bad-deal scenario in the ongoing negotiations on the country's future ties with the EU.

In a referendum in June 2016, a majority of British voters supported leaving the 28-member EU. The UK will formally exit from the EU on March 29, 2019. "We in the Royal Society and the rest of the scientific community are working very hard to have a new sensible system for immigration that would be fast, transparent, efficient and with proportionate costs," said Prof Venki.

"We plan to fight very, very hard to make mobility straight forward, regulations transparent and efficient so that this is less of an issue. This is a political fight, but we intend to do our best," he said at a Royal Society event in London on Monday.

Venki, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for his contribution to science, was joined by two former Royal Society presidents  geneticist Sir Paul Nurse and astronomer Lord Martin Rees  to warn that the political aspects of the Brexit debate threatened to drown out the interests of the scientific community.

Venki, who was born in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and went on to study biology in the US before moving to the UK 19 years ago, recalled a fairly simple process he underwent at the time. "The requirements today are so onerous that they act as a barrier," he said.

“The current immigration system for non-EU migrants is utterly not fit for purpose. It is onerous, it puts people off, it costs too much money. The present political drivers for Brexit have very little sympathy for these arguments because of the anti-immigration impact,” noted Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London.

The latest intervention by Britain's scientists comes at a time when British Prime Minister Theresa May is getting ready to present her so-called Chequers strategy to the EU, which is based on a common rulebook approach to trade.

The scientific community is calling on her government to retain a close association with European science, in the form of a "closest possible associate membership" within the overall deal with the EU.

The Royal Society warns that a no-deal or bad-deal Brexit means the UK stands to lose access to over GBP 1 billion a year in EU research funding, access to new medicines and technologies, regulatory alignment, access to highly-skilled scientists as well as reputational damage as an open and welcoming country for talent.

"Countries depend on reputation for their science because we live in a global marketplace for talent and if we are perceived as an open society, that's welcoming to the best of world, then that enhances science and that is good for everybody," said Venki.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results