Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dell to double headcount in India to 20,000

US-based computer maker Dell is aiming to double its headcount to 20,000 over the next three years in India, where it is eyeing to maintain a 40 per cent growth, its Founder and Chairman Michael Dell said in Bangalore on Monday.

“We have some big plans for growth here in India,” he told a news conference there. “We expect that over the next three years, our headcount in India to roughly double from 10,000 to 20,000.” India had produced 200,000 engineering graduates in 2005. “We see this as a fantastic opportunity for us to attract some of the best and bright engineers for our software and hardware activities,” Dell said.

He said in India, the company will continue to invest in R & D, focus on hiring engineering talent to support its global operations and expand customer contact centres, and sales and support staff.

Dell said the company plans to double the size of its India-based product development team from the present 300 to 600 within the next year itself. — PTI

XLRI ties up with Reliance WebWorld for HR courses

In the second initiative of its kind, Xaviers Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, one of Asia’s best Human Resource (HR) institutes, has tied-up with Reliance WebWorld to launch its Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (PGCHRM) programme. 
This follows XLRI launching its Post-Graduate Certificate in Logistics Supply Chain Management (PGCLSCM) programme on Reliance’s e-learning platform, stated a press release issued in Mumbai recently.

In addition to this, XLRI is also launching a package of Management Development Programmes (MDPs) through the partnership.

The 14-month-long PGCHRM progamme would target high-potential mid-career HR managers looking to move up the career ladder and would be available in Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Jamshedpur, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune at Reliance WebWorld outlets.

The MDP package, targeted at corporates interested in upgrading the skills of their executives by the recognised faculty without disturbing their daily office schedule, includes programmes from all function areas such as mentoring and coaching, improving marketing productivity, and ‘’Finance for Non-Finance Executives’’.

Reliance’s virtual classrooms that use the WebWorld’s state-of-the-art video conferencing facility to reach out to students across locations on a real-time basis are as good as the real brick-and-mortar ones, stated the release, adding that the students can not only see and hear the professor live as they would in a real class room, but they can also interact with him and fellow students at other locations.

‘’Those who miss the lecture can later catch up with the video recording on-demand at the WebWorlds,’’ it added.

Director XLRI Jamshedpur, Father N Casimir Raj SJ said, ‘’Our tie-up with RWW to offer the PGCHRM and MDPs on the real broadband platform will take the management training expertise of our faculty to several virtual classrooms across India. This programme is a part of XLRI’s larger plans to upskill corporate India by offering premium management programmes right at the doorstep of its managers without hampering their existing jobs.’’ Reliance WebWorld CEO Sarup Chowdhary described the tie-up as a testimony of his company’s technological capabilities and reach.

“Given the huge gap between supply and demand of quality education in India, we see our role as the facilitator only growing in future,’’ he said. — UNI

IIM-L to have more seats from next year

The Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow is planning to increase the number of seats for students from next year.

“We plan to increase the student intake from 300 to 325 next year,” Chairman of the Board of Governors Harishankar Singhania said at the convocation ceremony of the institute in Lucknow recently.

He said that the IIM-L was started with 30 students in 1985-86. Since then, the intake had been steadily increasing and had reached 300 last year.

He said the institute’s Noida campus was inaugurated this year with a capacity to take 60 students from among working managers.

In the next couple of years, both the campuses may take upto 700 students. —PTI