Wipro, India’s third largest software exporter, would hire 25,000 employees in Bengaluru as part of its expansion, said chairman Azim Premji.
“We have already recruited 55,000 employees in our development centres in Bengaluru till now. We are in the process of a major expansion of our centre in Bengaluru and will add another 25,000 people,” he said, while speaking at the inaugural event of Invest Karnataka 2016, a global investors meet of Karnataka government, on Wednesday.
The Bengaluru-based software major has global IT services, consumer care & lighting, aerospace and healthcare systems business with US-based GE among other businesses.
“We are endorsing the fact that Karnataka is a very hospitable and a very progressive state to investors,” Premji said.
Admitting that Bengaluru had its infrastructural constraints, Premji said the city was a source of best technical talent, strong science background and cosmopolitan nature. “I hope Karnataka continue to invest in infrastructure to be one of the fastest growing states in the country,” Premji noted.
Murthy on Wednesday also said there was a need to make Bengaluru a more liveable city than what it is right now. He urged the Karnataka government to make the city livable by improving its infrastructure, especially, roads, education, healthcare and commuting.
“My request to the state chief minister Siddaramaiah and industries minister RV Deshpande is to help us make Bengaluru more livable for all, especially youngsters by improving its infrastructure and quality of life,” Murthy said at the inaugural session of the global investors meet (GIM) at the Bangalore Palace grounds here.
Though the global software major hires thousands of young techies to work at its development centres in cities like Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore and Nagpur, Murthy said the reality was majority of them wanted to be in Bengaluru.
“As most of our youngsters want to work in Bengaluru, the state government should make commuting easy with better connectivity, provide healthcare facilities and access to modern education for professionals and their children,” Murthy said on the occasion.
The IT major has three development centres in the state in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mangaluru and is now building a similar facility at Hubbali-Dharwad, about 400 km from here, Murthy said.