Lucknow, the next vibrant IT-BPO hub

Written by Deepa Jainani | Lucknow, Aug 26 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 05:17am hrs
With saturation, chaos, high attrition and spiraling land and rental costs playing havoc with the growth curve of some top IT-BPO destinations in the county, following which many players have started looking at promising tier-2 cities for expansion and investments, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has come up with an initiative of launching Lucknow as one such promising city which has all the requisites to emerge as a premier tier-2 destination for IT and BPO industry.

Based on a recent report by Nasscom and AT Kearney on 50 locations in the country, which had assessed Lucknow as a challenger, the best category after the top 7 existing IT destinations, the initiative will try to bring forth the fact that it has all the requisite qualities necessary for setting it up as an IT-BPO hub: availability of abundant talent, good social infrastructure, excellent quality of life and lower cost of living and operations.

As part of the initiative, Nasscom is planning to provide an interactive platform for the industry, the state government and the academia to discuss and strategize a roadmap for Lucknow to emerge as a premier IT-BPO destination in a conference on August 30. While the state government would be represented by senior government officials, the chairman and the president of NASSCOM would also be present at the meet along with CEOs of several IT-BPO companies.

Talking to FE, Jayant Krishna, principal consultant of TCS said that an effective public-private partnership is required to enable the city top gear up for a fast track development leading to its emergence as an IT-BPO hub. The state government, the industry and the Nasscom need to work together hand-in-hand to turn this vision into a reality, he added.