Thiruvananthapuram, India: India's biggest IT consultancy, Tata Consultancy Services, is to set up what it thinks is the world's largest corporate learning and development centre, capable of training 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 annually.
The proposed TCS Learning Campus in Thiruvananthapuram will be located on a 97-acre property in the Technopark area of the city. The campus will be built over an area of 6.1 million square feet and feature residential accommodation for professionals and faculty at the centre.
At a ceremony at TCS' current training facility last week, TCS Peepul Park, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation stone for the project. Other dignitaries present included the Governor of the State of Kerala, Shri Nikhil Kumar; the Chief Minister, Shri Oomen Chandy; the Minister for Industries and IT, Shri PK Kunhalikutty; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Shri TKA Nair; as well as the local MP, Shri Shashi Tharoor.
N Chandrasekaran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TCS, said, "TCS has been present in Thiruvananthapuram since 1997 and since then it has been the hub of our global learning and development efforts. The TCS Learning Campus will be the new benchmark for corporate learning worldwide and this iconic facility will produce world class professionals to meet the future needs of the IT industry."
Local economy boost
The project will boost the local economy in the region and during the construction period alone, it is expected that this project will provide direct employment to over 2,000 skilled and unskilled local people for a period of four years. An integral part of the project will be development programs run by TCS to upgrade the skills of local youth and facilitate opportunities to work in the construction project, through contractors.
TCS is the single largest private sector employer in India. It employs over 285,000 professionals worldwide and plans to hire 50,000 professionals in 2013-14. It spends over 15 million hours on learning and development programs for its employees every year. Over the last five years the company has trained over 143,000 IT professionals in India and abroad.
The company's learning programs include its award-winning Initial Learning Program for fresh graduate trainees as well as numerous Competency Development and Leadership Development Programs for middle and senior executives in the company.
The firms says its proposed TCS Learning Campus will provide a natural, contemporary vision for education by linking elegant design, ecological thinking and modern technology. The integrated design has been organized around a centralized, iconic training facility with collaboration rooms and libraries on the high plateau at the middle of the site with residential and support buildings around it. The master plan of the campus, inspired by the rich regional heritage, incorporates local architecture influences and will use local materials in construction. It incorporates several green concepts such as zero waste discharge with 100% recycling of sewage, energy efficient systems, large area of green cover, rain water harvesting systems and integrated building management systems.