HCL to emerge as trend setter in promoting IT in AP: CM

HCL to emerge as trend setter in promoting IT in AP: CM

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: With the intent of making Andhra Pradesh a technology hub in the world, the government is committed to make this a reality.

The Andhra Pradesh’s IT sector added another feather to its cap as the technology giant HCL today signed an MoU with State government for setting up of HCL IT and training centres in Vijayawada and Amaravati. The objective of this MoU is to create a ‘state of the art’ global IT development center, recruit local talent and mainly create an ecosystem to nourish that.

As part of the MoU, HCL will invest Rs 500 crore in 10 years in the project spread over 27.86 acres to be allotted by the government.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that Vijayawada is best place for creative people and sought cooperation of HCL to make AP as a knowledge hub. He said the HCL would emerge as a trendsetter in promoting IT in AP.

In line with the government’s efforts for enhancing employment opportunities in the State, the company is commitment to employing 5,000 local residents. The project will be implemented in two phases. In Phase -1 of the project, HCL plans to invest Rs 300 crore providing employment to 3000 people. Likewise in Phase – 2, which is likely to commence in 2022, Rs 200 crore will be invested providing an additional employment for 2000 locals.

Another novel feature of the MoU is that it plans to leverage a gender equal work force. In addition to this, the organization has promised to create flexible working conditions for women; retain talent through career growth and provide higher educational opportunities for them.

In tune to the Chief Minister’s vision to promote walk-to-work environment in Amaravati, the capital city, HCL intends to promote the same, which would help in improving productivity, facilitate work life balance of employees and retain them. 

HCL proposes to develop its first center at Kesarapalle Village in Gannavaram Mandal of Krishna District in a total area of 17.86 acres. The second center will come up in 10 acres in Ainavulu village of Amaravati. 

The project also envisages setting up a campus of the IT and ITES City Project. Besides developing infrastructure, HCL will garner engineering services by setting up of R&D labs, IT Services, Skill Development Centre and establish residential hostels.

Coming to the operational timelines of the project, HCL will begin construction of the Phase -1 center in early May, 2017 and start training programs by July 2017.

The IT giant has promised to operationalize the IT Centre and Skill Development Centre, involving 500 odd professionals, by August 2018.

As the investment in Phase – 1 is more than Rs. 250 Crore, this project qualifies as a mega project under the Information Technology Policy 2014-20.

“I am very happy to facilitate this singing of MoU. We look forward for a wonderful partnership with HCL and we assure to extend all possible support by the government,” said K. Vijayanand,  Secretary IT.

Commenting on the occasion, Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman – HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “HCL has always been at the forefront of bringing new opportunities to the Indian populace. This is an innovative initiative to reach out to the local talent, refine their skills and make them future ready for IT careers.

“I am always charmed by Naidu’s commitment. We wanted to set up something in the interior Andhra as most of our employees in our Chennai office are from AP. Our main idea is to encourage women who are well educated in Southern part. That’s how this idea came up. He said HCL is ready to promote creative work force for global companies. The company has largest R&D wing with 6000 people.

The Chief Minister added that his government will extend all needed support to HCL. He suggested to Shiv Nadar to make Amaravati his second home.

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