In one of the largest global hiring initiative by an Indian company, Infosys Technologies Ltd, on Monday announced plans to recruit talent from colleges in the US and the UK. The company plans to recruit 300 graduates from universities in the US this year and 25 graduates from the UK next year to create a diversified, global workforce for the company. Infosys now (as of March 31, 2006) has employees from 59 different nationalities. Currently, about three per cent of Infosys' employees are foreign nationals, and this has grown by 50 per cent in the last two years. In the first phase of the current recruitment programme, in August this year, about 100 American graduates will be trained at Infosys Development Centres across the country for six months before returning to Infosys offices in the US. Along the same lines, a pilot program will take place to recruit students from universities in the UK. "As we expand our global presence, we need to attract bright talent from the local economies. It was with this in mind that we launched university-level recruiting programme in the US," said Mr. T.V Mohandas Pai, Member of the Board - Human Resources and Education and Research, Infosys Technologies Ltd. "We plan to run a pilot at top universities in UK this year for 25 positions. We feel college graduates from the US and UK offer unique skills and perspectives that will blend with the skills of our Indian employees to expand our capabilities in all areas," he added.