On Monday, HCL Technologies performed the ground-breaking ceremony for its Global Development Center in the capital region of Amaravati. This Global Development Center is going to be a production house for high end latest technologies in the capital region.
N Lokesh, State Information Technology Minister performed the ‘Bhumi puja’ for the project at a village called Kesarapalli opposite to Vijayawada Airport in the capital region.
This is one of the two development centers, HCL is planning to set up in the region of Amaravati at a total investment of Rs. 700 crore in the next 10 years.
Over the next decade, these two development centers are expected to create more than 7,000 jobs.
In March 2017, Andhra Pradesh government and HCL had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for setting up the development centers. But the land allocation issues delayed the project and the company was supposed to start phase-1 by August 2018.
According to Srimathi Shivashankar, Executive Vice-President of HCL Technologies, the first phase of the development center which is going to be a production house for high-end latest technologies will start its operations in January 2020 with employee strength of 1,200.
She said that they would recruit staff parallel to the infrastructure development in Amaravati and will train them on projects in Bengaluru and Chennai.
In the Vijayawada campus, they will be creating a skill development center and an innovation lab. This project is part of HCL’s New Vistas program where they are expanding into emerging cities.
Under the New Vistas program, HCL has already set up development centers in Madurai, Lucknow and Nagpur and these have become operational in the previous 2 years with more than 7,000 employees.
HCL is in the third year of this initiative with the one in Vijayawada. This initiative also supports their other campaign “Come Back Home”.
The major focus of the company through this initiative to get women who would like to have a career in Information Technology at HCL as the company believes in getting more women to work. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by HCL Healthcare Vice-Chairman Shikhar Malhotra, HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra, K Vijayanand, state IT Principal Secretary and others