Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is laying the groundwork for what it is touting to be the "world's largest corporate learning and development center", capable of training 50,000 professionals each year.
In a statement released Saturday, the IT giant said the TCS Learning Campus will be built in technopark area of Thiruvananthapuram over 6.1 million square feet, in a property stretching 97 acres. The facility will have the capacity to train 15,000 professional at any one time and will encompass residential accommodation.
Construction of the training site is expected to create direct employment to more than 2,000 workers over four years. It also will comprise skills development schemes run by TCS to upgrade the skills of local youth as well as provide employment opportunities, through contractors, during its construction.
It added that the new campus will provide "a natural, contemporary vision for education by linking elegant design, ecological thinking and modern technology". The building's design centers around a training facility located in the middle of the campus, with collaboration rooms and libraries, and surrounded by residential and support buildings. The site also will feature eco-friendly concepts such as zero waste discharge with 100 percent recycling of sewage, energy-efficient systems, rain water harvesting systems, and integrated building management systems.
Its CEO and managing director, N. Chandrasekaran, said: "The TCS 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."
India's largest IT company and private-sector employer, TCS currently hires more than 285,000 professionals globally and plans to hire 50,000 more through to 2014. In its statement, the company said its employees received over 15 million hours in learning and development programs each year, and it had trained more than 143,000 IT professional in India and abroad over the last five years.