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Infosys plans to hire 25,000 at Mahindra City

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To invest Rs 1,250 cr in Chennai facility expansion

WOOING IT MAJORS: (From right) Mr S. Gopalakrishnan, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys; Mr M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu; Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister for IT and Communication; and Mr Mohandas Pai, Director, HR, Education and Research, at Infosys campus in Bangalore on Thursday. - G. R. N. Somashekar
WOOING IT MAJORS: (From right) Mr S. Gopalakrishnan, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys; Mr M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu; Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister for IT and Communication; and Mr Mohandas Pai, Director, HR, Education and Research, at Infosys campus in Bangalore on Thursday. - G. R. N. Somashekar

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Bangalore, June 15

Infosys Technologies Ltd said on Thursday that its upcoming campus at Mahindra City SEZ near Chennai would be the largest campus as it expects to hire some 25,000 people in three to four years. The company plans to invest Rs 1,250 crore over three to four years in expanding the facility, said Mr T.V. Mohandas Pai, Director Education and Human Resources, Infosys.

Speaking to newspersons after detailing Infosys' expansion plans for Chennai to the visiting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr M. Karunanidhi, Mr Pai said the company already had about 3,500 people in Chennai and planned to add another 5,000 this year.

By the end of this year, Infosys would have invested Rs 350 crore in the Chennai campus, Mr Pai said, adding the company had already bought some 125 acres at Mahindra City. Infosys, which had a total headcount of a little over 52,000 at the end of fiscal 2006, plans to add about 25,000 people to its rolls in the current year.

Mr Karunanidhi, accompanied by the Union Minister for Communications & IT, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, also visited the headquarters of Wipro Ltd at Sarjapur Road and met the Chairman, Mr Azim Premji.

Mr Maran told newspersons that Mr Karunanidhi had come to Bangalore to personally visit the IT majors and see what they required to enhance their investments in Tamil Nadu.

IT policy soon

The TN government would soon formulate a comprehensive IT policy and promote the tier-II and tier-III cities, Mr Karnuanidhi said. The policy would involve setting up of a task force and addressing infrastructural issues. Stressing that his Government would remove all bottlenecks and build necessary infrastructure to attract investments, Mr Karunanidhi said ``the IT sector in Tamil Nadu will be developed similar to that of Karnataka or even better...We (his Government) are only a few days old...We will make all efforts.''

Further, the TN Industrial Secretary, Mr Shaktikant Das, said that Frost and Sullivan was conducting a feasibility study for setting up a IT park at Hosur.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 16, 2006)
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