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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tata Elxsi is planning to add another 1500 engineers in Trivandrum

Tata Elxsi announces development centers in Hyderabad and Coimbatore; expands facility in Thiruvananthapuram

Tata Elxsi Limited, the technology arm of the multi-billion USD Tata Group, today announced the setting up of two new development centers in Coimbatore and Hyderabad; while further expanding its facility in Thiruvananthapuram to meet the scale-up requirements of the clients.

The facility in Thiruvananthapuram, which currently houses 582 engineers, has been expanded to accommodate another 1500 engineers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More on Technocity

The Govt. of Kerala has officially announced the commencement of development of Kerala's largest IT project with an advertisement appearing the regional and national editions of the Economic Times, Business Standard and the Business Line.

When completed Technocity will have 2 crore sq.feet IT space

Biggest ever IT project shaping in State

The biggest- ever IT project of the Kerala Government, Technocity is taking wings. The Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSIIL), the implementing agency of the Technocity, will invite tenders from IT developers and companies on May 28 for starting the Rs 8,000-crore project of the State Government.

The project will come up near the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

The KSIIL will issue the 49 percent equity of Technocity to the public, private investors, banks and other financial institutions by September this year. The 51 percent equity will be owned by the KSIIL.“The Technocity project will be the biggest ever IT project of Kerala. The project is expected to create around two lakh job opportunities within 10 years and by issuing the share to the public and others, government can start the project with the participation of people,” IT Secretary Ajay Kumar told this website’s newspaper.

The bidding process will be conducted in phases. In the first phase (Request For Qualification) qualified IT companies will be short-listed.In the second phase (Request for Proposal) will be invited and tender will be finalised in December. Different IT companies and IT developers will set up buildings in an area of 2-crore sq ft in the park. The state government will have a stake of 26 percent in the proposed companies. Companies can use 70 percent of space for IT processing and the remaining for other purposes.“We are trying to sell our project across the globe and attract IT giants to the state. The project will generate more job opportunities than the Smart City Kochi. More IT giants can start their ventures at the Technocity than the Smart City Kochi,” said Ajay Kumar.The estimated infrastructure of the project will be Rs 800 to 1,000 crore. Of this, 500 crore will be utilised for purchasing land near the Technopark and Rs 300 crore will be spent for the infrastructure like water and power supply.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New food court opened at Tejaswini Building, Technopark.

A couple of new restaurants opened at the top floor of Tejaswini building in technopark.

Available outlets are :

Mothers kitchen
Kabab House
Wanges Express
Zero degree
Passion fruit etc..

The facility is fully air conditioned and plenty of space and good ambiance made it as a favourite place for techies. but food is somewhat costly there.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cricket League in Technopark

UST Global which is the largest company in Technopark having over 4500 employees working out of its Technopark center came out with an innovative idea to engage its employees.

UCL-UST Cricket League was a stage to vent the energy and exuberance that gets clogged in cubicles.

Over 8 months, over 80 teams, over 8 matches a day, over 1200 participants. That’s UCL.

Started on an experimental basis, this event has turned out to be the most successful organizational initiative in the history of UST.

The participation from the ladies side which was made mandatory in UCL added to the uniqueness of the success of this maiden venture. A team needed to have at least two woman members in its side!

Every thing including arranging infrastructure from ground, cricket gear etc to drinking water and recording and archiving the details of every single ball bowled in the tournament which is a tumultuous and gargantuan task was handled by the employees.

One of the greatest achievements of the UCL was the unveiling the UCL trophy by the esteemed partners from HEB (Rick and Jim). They, cricket enthusiasts also played a game with the UST leaders Niketh Sundar (Global HR Head) and Alexander Varghese(Centre Head - Trivandrum) and the UCL officiates.

17th May,2008 was yet another remarkable day for the UCL as well as UST as the 1st UCL tournament came to an end with a fitting finale. The cricketing extravaganza and all its pomb and show came to an exhilarating and electrifying end with 2 extremely distinctive matches; 1.Pryukthi(an all girls team which took on bravely) Vs ROW-U (Rest of Women’s-UST) team and 2. the big boss(Global heads) of UST Vs UCL organizers. The grand success of UCL has invoked interest not just in UST, but also in other companies in the park and the IT industry as a whole. Cricket has turned out to be a religion for UST that in various client locations in the US, matches are played between UST and other Indian vendors like Wipro and in the words of one of our distinguished clients,”I play on the UST side against Wipro on weekends.” Now that the fame and popularity of UCL has reached its zenith, there has been appeals and requests from across various UST centers to structure a UCL organizing team and guide and assist it into a self running state.