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India's Wipro Technologies to open software center in Atlanta, plans to hire local graduates

India's Wipro Technologies to open software center in Atlanta, plans to hire local graduates

India's Wipro Technologies Ltd. plans to open a software development center in the U.S. city of Atlanta that will employ mostly graduates from colleges and universities in the state of Georgia, the company said.
Wipro Technologies _ which is the global services arm of outsourcing company Wipro Ltd. _ will start the center with 200 employees and scale it up to 500 positions in three years, the company said in a statement released late Monday.
"The center is part of Wipro's strategy to build global delivery capabilities and will significantly increase the company's presence and base of local hires in the United States," the statement said.
Western companies routinely shift information technology jobs to countries such as India, where wages are low and skilled workers are easily available.
The practice has hugely benefited Indian software companies, some of which are now setting up centers outside India to compete with IBM Corp., Accenture and other global computer services companies.
"The work we're doing requires more and more knowledge of the customers' businesses, and you want local people to do that," said P.R Chandrasekar, President, Wipro Technologies. "The Atlanta center is an investment that will help Wipro's existing customers as well as help address new business opportunities."
Wipro already operates software development centers in Brazil, Eastern and Western Europe, China, Mexico and Canada. The company said it chose Atlanta because of its proximity to key universities.
The University System of Georgia has already provided Wipro with "a comprehensive work force development program," Wipro's statement quoted chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. as saying.
"We tapped into the resources of Georgia's 35 public colleges and universities to find the best solution for this company," said Davis.
Also, Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University are collaborating with Wipro to create an innovative curriculum development and delivery system, he said.


Updated : 2020-12-01 07:53 GMT+08:00