Cognizant Lines Up Second Unit In Kolkata

Kolkata | Updated: Jul 30 2004, 04:14am hrs
Cognizant Technology Solutions is planning its second software development centre in Kolkata and also aims to hire around 500 professionals here. The expansion will take the headcount here to 1600, and will make Kolkata its second-largest centre after Chennai.

In terms of number of software professionals, Cognizant has around 5,000 employees at Chennai, its headquarters.

The company has asked for three acres of land from the government, adjacent to the existing facility at the Salt Lake electronic complex, according to Siddhartha Mukherjee, vice-president and head of retail practice of Cognizant.

We want to put in place on our own, another 1 lakh sq ft space in Kolkata to overcome our space crunch. Like the technocampus, we want to put in place another facility that clients would be more comfortable with, said Mr Mukherjee.

The new centre could come up in the next financial year 2005-06, if the government sanctions the land.

According to SK Mitra, the managing director of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corp (Webel), the government has received Cognizants requirement for more land and will take a decision soon.

Mr Mukherjee said, We have already frozen our $42 million India investment plan to construct new facilities and additional spaces at the existing ones in Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. Kolkatas second facility could come up during 2005-06 financial year.