TCS brings World’s Largest Training Centre to Kerala
Kerala’s credentials to be declared as the most favoured IT-destination in the country received a substantial boost with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh recently laying the foundation stone for the TCS Global Learning Centre. When completed, the TCS learning centre would be the largest corporate learning facility in the world, with a capacity to train 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 annually. The project signals to the world that the concerted efforts made by the Kerala government to make the state more investor-friendly for technology firms has started reaping rich dividends.
TCS Global Learning Centre – It’s Scope & Size: The TCS Learning Centre will sprawl across 97 acres of land at Technopark, the IT hub of Kerala, located in Trivandrum. The campus will have 6.1 million square feet of buildings with infrastructure that will match the best university campuses in the world. The centre has been planned keeping in mind various parameters including an aesthetic design, ecological considerations and modern technology. Kerala’s rich local heritage will be incorporated in all aspects of the construction. This includes design and architectural elements as well as use of local materials.
The campus will be organized around a central, iconic training building. Located at a high plateau right in the centre of the plot, it will include libraries and food courts. There are over 600 residential rooms for professionals and faculty.
Built with environment conservation in mind, the orientation of the buildings has been planned to take advantage of prevailing wind conditions and to increase passive cooling. The campus is planned as a sustainable facility with large green areas, rain harvesting, 100 percent waste & sewage recycling, energy efficient systems and integrated building management systems.
Benefits to Kerala
Improve Investor Confidence: TCS has had a long association with Trivandrum Technopark. The company bought its first plot of land here in 1994. Operations began in 1997 and TCS already has an established training centre at Technopark. The company’s decision to select Technopark as the site of its prestigious and ambitious new training facility is definitely a fillip for Brand Kerala. It indicates that the Technopark infrastructure has the ability and capacity to deal with projects of a global scale. It reiterates that the government’s policy stability has given investors confidence to add on to their investments in the state. The setting up of the Global Learning Centre at Trivandrum also emphasises the fact that India’s leading companies are confident that projects can be executed efficiently in a time-bound manner in Kerala.
Create Employment & Add Value to Labour Skills: The construction of the project itself will result in substantial employment generation. The company estimates that it will provide direct employment to 2000 skilled and unskilled workers. More importantly, the company will simultaneously be conducting skill development programmes for local youngsters working on the project. This investment in skills would add to the value of the local labour and improve employability prospects for the future.
Technocity on the Fast Track of Development: The 97-acre land deal with TCS is the biggest land deal signed by Technopark. The Global Training Centre is to be located at Technocity, an extension of Technopark. Technocity is envisaged as a 450 acre project at Pallippuram, near Trivandrum. An integrated township with IT/ITeS infrastructure, residential apartments, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, educational institutions, and other support facilities, the project is expected to provide 100,000 IT/ITeS jobs directly and 400,000 indirect jobs. It is expected to place Kerala on the global IT map and the setting up of the Global Training Centre indicates that this goal is certainly on the fast track.
During his speech at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh stated that he was confident that the centre “will set global benchmarks for corporate learning institutions.” The spin off from this for Kerala will indeed be significant.