Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest exporter of information technology and IT-backed products, has opened a 1,000-seat software development centre at Bhubaneswar - TCS Kalinga Park – as the company extends its presence to Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
"The Tier-II and Tier-III cities are going to be the engines of growth for the next phase in the IT sector despite the meltdown," said S Ramadorai, CEO of TCS, adding these cities have the potential to drive the next phase of IT sector expansion.
Spread over 45 acres of land, TCS Kalinga Park will have a capacity of 7,000 seats at full capacity, he added.
With over 70 per cent of campus hiring at TCS taking place at Tier II and Tier III cities, these centres will drive growth for the company, he said.
TCS Kalinga Park, an approved special export zone (SEZ), also boasts of the country's first Energy and Environmental Design (Leed)-rated IT campus.
Planning Commission secretary S Pani, who was instrumental in providing a boost to the IT sector in Orissa, said Bhubaneswar has the potential to become a major IT hub with at least 50,000 software developers.
The Tata Group, which has so far invested in a Ginger hotel and the TCS software development centre in Orissa, will also be investing in a mega-steel plant in the state.
''Orissa, regarded as a late starter in the nineties had emerged as a favored IT destination due to the congenial work environment and effective policy initiatives, '' said chief minister Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the TSC Kalinga Park.
The chief minister also said the state government will soon get into the e-governance mode for all procurement and tendering processeses.
The opening of the Kalinga Park comes close on the heels of TCS's acquisition of financial services company Citigroup Inc's interest in Citigroup Global Services Limited (CGSL).