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TCS to Build ‘World’s Largest’ IT Training Center

Outsourcing giant TCS is building what it calls the world’s biggest technology training facility in the Indian town of Thiruvananthapuram. The expansive facility, spread around an area of nearly 100 acres, will be used to train the country’s “next generation of engineers and professionals” said TCS.

The training center counters Infosys‘ training facility in the neighboring state of Karnataka, but analysts say the TCS facility will eclipse Infosys’, which can train only 14,000 professionals at a time. Once built, the campus will train as many as 50,000 IT professionals in emerging technologies such as social media, mobility, analytics and cloud computing.

TCS stated that the facility will have a built-in space of 6 million sq ft. Over the last five years, the BPO provider has trained over 143,000 IT professionals in India and abroad.

“The Learning Campus will be the new benchmark for corporate learning worldwide and this iconic facility will produce world class professionals to meet the future needs of the IT industry,” said Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of TCS, which is headquartered in Mumbai.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 285,000 IT consultants in 46 countries, including Latin American countries such as Mexico and Uruguay.  The company generated consolidated revenues of US $11.6 billion for the year ended March 31, 2013.

In a press release, TCS, the largest IT outsourcing firm in India, says it wants to leverage new learning concepts such as social collaboration, gamification and peer-enabled learning methodologies.

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The TCS Learning Campus will feature multiple libraries and food-courts with up to 600 rooms. Construction is in full swing at the site after the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone last week.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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