Infosys opens corporate education centre in Mysore


Mysore : United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi Tuesday inaugurated a world-class corporate education centre of Infosys Technologies at its Mysore campus.

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The facility is an extension of the IT major’s Global Education Centre (GEC), which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2005.

With the GEC II, set up at an investment of Rs.800 crore, Infosys can now train 14,000 new recruits at the same time.

Given its infrastructure and size of operations, GEC is the largest corporate education centre in the world, Infosys officials said.

After the inauguration, Gandhi said the centre was a testimony that India can also build world-class education and training centres.

“It’s a pleasure to be on this beautiful campus. It has a marvellous setting for a university to train and educate young minds,” she told a gathering, mostly young employees of the IT bellwether.

“The GEC is the testimony that India can have world-class education centres. The success of Infosys is because of its hard work, dedication and talent.”

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy, and chief executive S. Gopalakrishnan were also present on the occasion.

The building of the new facility shares architectural resemblance with that of India’s parliament and Rome’s Colosseum.

The entire Infosys campus here is spread over 337 acres.

Murthy told the audience that the main goal of Infosys was to fight poverty with the power of entrepreneurship and creating jobs.

“The centre is a proof of the progress we have made so far. GEC is the largest monolith classical building of post independent India,” added Murthy.

Infosys, according to officials, invests an average of Rs.250,000 on training a potential employee over a period of 16 weeks.