Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Work wise

TCS to hire 30,500 employees

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said it plans to hire 30,500 employees during the current fiscal. “We had a net addition of 21,000 during the previous fiscal (FY-06) and plan to recruit 30,500 employees in FY-07,” TCS CEO and Managing Director S Ramadorai told newsmen in Mumbai.

TCS also became the first company to cross 60,000 employees, he said, adding non-Indian nationals increased by 65 per cent in FY-06 to 6.5 per cent of the total base.

Lower attrition: The company also maintained an attrition rate of 9.9 per cent for the fiscal compared to the industry standards of 15-16 per cent, he said.

With regards to wage hike for the current fiscal, TCS Executive Vice- President and head of global operations N. Chandrashekhar said the company had plans to hike compensation in India by 15 per cent and 3.5 per cent for employees elsewhere.

More summer jobs: TCS also plans to increase the number of interns to be hired this summer, Chandrashekhar added.

The company had received 1,500 applications for internship in FY-06 and had employed 200 out of them.

BITS-Pilani-Dubai to expand

In the wake of the enormous success of the engineering programmes offered by it over the last five years, the BITS-Pilani-Dubai, is looking to expand the capacity and diversity of the courses in the coming academic year.

The institution has registered a huge increase in enrolment since moving to Dubai Knowledge Village in 2003.

Currently, its student strength stands at 900 students.

The courses have been highly sought after by students not just in the UAE and GCC region but also from India.

“The last two academic years have been a period of tremendous growth for us with our student body growing several-fold,” said a senior official at BITS-Pilani-Dubai.

Nahid Afshan, Admissions Officer, of the institute said: “The success of the courses is due to the quality of the curriculum and teaching which is exactly the same as that offered in our parent campus in India as well as BITS Pilani’s paid-internship programme and 100 per cent placement record.” BITS-Pilani organises paid internships for all its students in leading companies based in Dubai in the last year of the graduate courses.

Over 110 companies in Dubai are currently offering internships for BITS-Pilani-Dubai students.

Centre for budding architects

Autodesk Inc, the world’s leading design software and digital content company, on Monday launched a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the School of Planning Architecture, aiming to create architects with world-class design skills.

The centre, second after the one established at the Sir J J College of Architecture in Mumbai last week, will provide a platform to budding architects with a variety of softwares, Autodesk India regional head Rajiv Nair said while addressing the inauguration function of the CoE in New Delhi.

He said these softwares included world-class 3D model-based design software for architecture, urban design and building technology.

“The Centre will educate both faculty and students on the use of 3D model-based design software which will help equip India’s current generation of architects on 3D concepts,” he said.

Speaking at the funtion, Autodesk Senior Director, Strategic Research, Jon Pittman said India would face so many challenges in urban planning in next two decades and the CoE would provide a strong platform to the growing demand of innovative design solution in the country.

IRMA may increase seats for PG course

The Indian Institute of Rural Management-Anand (IRMA) is likely to increase the number of seats to 120 for the two-year postgraduate programme in rural management, its acting Director L K Vaswani said in Anand, Gujarat, recently.

Currently, there are about 90 seats for the rural management programme at the institute.

“IRMA is also set to launch two new long-term intitatves in natural resource management and rural energy,” he said. — PTI