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TCS continues recruitment drive — Rs 100-cr development centre to be ready next year

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HYDERABAD, Oct. 4

WHEN the chips are down, the tough get going. This is best reflected from the continued recruitment drive by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest IT services company.

Its Rs 100-crore global development centre (GDC), now underway at Madhapur, will be operational by next year-end and have a facility to host 2,300 techies.

Mr Rajesh Nambiar, Regional Manager, TCS, said the GDC, Madhapur will house exclusive relationship centres that will execute a variety of projects for the clients across the globe. The GDC, which will be double that of the company's Sholinganallur, Chennai facility, will be the company's single largest centre.

"Being the country's largest IT services firm, with businesses spread across locations and spanning multiple technologies, we were able to sail through this global economic slowdown unscathed. In fact, we have embarked on a recruitment drive and have started campus visits apart from lateral recruitments to save lead-time.

``With a mission to be among top 10 global firms by the year 2010, we are constantly aligning our deliverables through continued value additions,'' Mr Nambiar said.

The GDC will cater to several industry practices such as telecom, e-governance, healthcare and life sciences, banking and financial services and services practices such as e-business, application development and maintenance apart from the advanced technology centre.

The 3,20,000-sq.ft. facility, designed by the Swiss Architect, Mr Mario Botta, known for his work on San Francisco Museum of Modern art, will be a nine-floor building in a 11-acre campus, host 10 conference rooms, 70 meeting rooms, and have a 500 capacity canteen. The recreation facility at the GDC will sport a 5,000-sq.ft. gymnasium, tennis courts, volleyball courts and a jogging track.

The Hyderabad centre, which currently has about 1,300 techies, will be scaled up to about 3,500 by the end of year 2004. "We are continuing with our recruitments in various practices and the new GDC will have the capacity to host about 2,300 people", Mr Nambiar said.

With regard to its initiative with Ericsson, Mr Nambiar said that the arrangement has not been impacted by the acquisition of the Ericsson India R&D facility by Wipro. "We are working with the Swedish firm and will continue to provide critical technology inputs for them," he said.

The Hyderabad centre, set up in 1979, was being developed as a hub for projects in emerging technologies. The focus will be on niche areas such as bioinformatics, telecom and computer security. The facility will enable the migration to global standards, serving global customers directly, Mr Nambiar said.

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