Prime minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the first batch of 48 TCS Japan trainees in Tokyo who will proceed to India to be trained for 6-8 weeks at various TCS locations, under a learning program initiated by the IT major's new trainee graduate programme in Japan.
Modi, who was the chief guest at the inauguration of the TCS Japan Technology and Culture Academy, which is aimed at enhancing technology and cultural integration between Indian and Japanese IT professionals, told the trainees, ''The 21st century is the century of knowledge and technology and all of you will gain knowledge from travelling in India. You are going as employees of TCS but I want you to come back to Japan as ambassadors of India."
He urged the TCS Japan trainees to use their time in India not only in classrooms and offices but also to see the country.
Apart from increasing their exposure to new technologies, the TCS Japan graduate trainees will learn about quality and other processes as well as business skills. This will be followed by on-the-job training on projects for six months.
In April this year, TCS and Mitsubishi Corp announced that they were merging their IT operations in Japan to create a new global scale player in the Japanese IT industry, with TCS having a 51 per cent stake in the new venture called Tata Consultancy Services Japan. (See: TCS, Mitsubishi to form new IT services company in Japan).
''Japan and India have the potential to create a strong economic, and business partnership. TCS is proud to play a role to strengthen the relationship between these two great nations by investing in Japan and bringing the best global IT practices to Japanese companies as they look to grow globally,'' said N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of TCS.
"We are delighted that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi is here with us to flag off an important learning initiative that will help TCSers from Japan and India work collaboratively together," he added
Tata Consultancy Services Japan will initially house more than 4,000 employees in Japan and a dedicated centre located in Pune, India. TCS Japan provides Japanese companies a unique mix of global talent and capabilities combined with local expertise and knowledge that will help Japanese corporations transform and globalise effectively and drive growth going forward.