TCS setting up world's biggest training centre at Thiruvananthapuram

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India's largest software services firm, is setting up the world's largest corporate learning and development centre in Thiruvananthapuram, which will have a total capacity to train 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 professionals annually.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the learning facility to be built over area of 6.1 million square feet on a 97-acre property in Technopark area of the city, TCS said in a statement.

The campus will also have residential accommodation for professionals and faculty at the centre, it added.

"TCS has been present in Thiruvananthapuram since 1997 and since then it has been the hub of our global learning and development efforts," TCS chief executive and managing director N Chandrasekaran said.

''We are grateful to the Kerala government officials and other stakeholders whose energy and commitment has helped make this project a reality today,'' he added.

The project will boost the local economy in the region, providing direct employment to over 2,000 skilled and unskilled people for the four-year construction period alone.

As part of the project, TCS has also initiated a skill development programme to upgrade the skills of local youth and facilitate opportunities to work in the construction project, through contractors.

TCS, the single largest private sector employer in India, plans to hire 50,000 professionals in 2013-14. The company employs over 285,000 professionals worldwide and spends over 15 million hours on learning and development programmes for its employees every year.

Over the last five years till date, the company has trained over 143,000 IT professionals in India and abroad, according to the company.

According to TCS, the proposed learning campus in Thiruvananthapuram will provide a natural, contemporary vision for education by linking elegant design, ecological thinking and modern technology. The design has been organized around a centralised, 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 the local architecture influences and used local materials in construction. It incorporates several green concepts such as zero waste discharge with 100 per cent recycling of sewage, energy efficient systems, large area of green cover, rain water harvesting systems and integrated building management systems, the release added.

TCS is the single largest private sector employer in India. It employs more than 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 5 years till date, the company has trained over 143,000 IT professionals in India and abroad.