The HCL facility, to come up over 29.86 acres of land to be part of the state’s drive to create a new IT Hub, promises to offer jobs to 5,000 persons over 10 years. The AP government had last year signed a memorandum of understanding with Shiv Nadar promoted HCL Technologies for the largest ever facility in the state.
HCL will set up operations in two phases with first phase involving Rs 400 crore to build a R&D and Development Center, which will accommodate 4,000 professionals. The second phase will come up over 20 acres near Amaravati at an investment of Rs 300 crore to accommodate 3,500 IT professionals.
A skill development center with a 1,000-seat capacity will also be developed as part of the agreement.
The AP IT minister Nara Lokesh laid the foundation stone in the presence of HCL Corporation’s chief executive and executive director Roshni Nadar Malhotra.
HCL said it plans to service its global customers especially in the Hi-tech industry from the Vijayawada facility.
Through its “come back home” campaign, HCL plans to attract talent who belong to Vijayawada and provide them with exciting careers in the areas of application and product development including new technologies on demand. The company proposes to invest in creating a training center for fresher engineer graduates from local colleges.
HCL said this is an initiative to bridge the employability divide between the metros and urban cities. It will also provide an eclectic range of employment opportunities to the youth in the region that will ultimately enhance the quality of life.
“HCL Technologies is committed to bringing new opportunities and creating a better future for the people. With this in mind we have successfully expanded to emerging IT hubs like Madurai, Lucknow and Nagpur over the last couple of years with a great degree of success, said Roshni Nadar Malhotra. “Setting up a Global IT and Training Center in Vijayawada is one of the biggest initiatives… The creation of this Global Centre is aligned with our strategic vision to expand and create opportunities in the emerging cities.”
Minister Nara Lokesh said, “Through this effort I believe that HCL will also be able to leverage the quality talent available in the state.”