Kozhikode: Tata Elxsi’s Kozhikode Development Centre at UL Cyber Park will employ 1,000 engineers in the next two years.
The company focuses on modern areas such as Electric Vehicle, Connected Car, OTT, 5G, state-of-the-art digital technology, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, Company CEO and MD Manoj Raghavan said.
Currently, the space taken up at UL Cyber Park can accommodate up to 500 people. Considering the hybrid work model, it can be used to employ up to 1000 people.
Recruitment will be done from campuses in North Kerala. The leading colleges in the region besides NIT will also be considered.
The CEO said this in a press conference while announcing the new Tata Elxsi Development Centre at UL Cyber Park, Kozhikode, on Friday.
Nitin Pai, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Tata Elxsi, said “For Kerala, it is the time of reverse brain drain. Engineers from North Kerala working outside Kerala and abroad have expressed interest in returning home.”
“About 90 percent of the applicants for the Tata Elxsi Global Recruitment Drive were from outside Kerala. Most of them were engineers from North Kerala who wanted to return home. Ten percent are from Europe and the United States. The reverse brain drain is happening as opportunities grow.”
When the work from home started during the Covid period, it was found that most of the employees were residing in North Kerala and the possibility of expanding operations to Malabar was explored.
“World-class infrastructure was needed. It was obtained through the UL Cyberpark. As two socially responsible entities, Tata Elxsi and Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), the promoters of UL Cyberpark, share value systems that are similiar,” Nitin Pai added.
“The Kozhikode model will be implemented in Tier II and III cities. 35 per cent of the employees in the company are women and in Thiruvananthapuram centre it is 40 per cent,” Tata ElXsi Human Resources Head S. Rajagopal said.
Ramesan Paleri, Chairman, ULCCS, said that Kozhikode will become a digital destination with the arrival of a brand like Tata Elxsi in the UL Cyber Park.
He added that the park was in a unique situation where Covid led to a positive outcome and this will lead to the next phase of the park’s development.
Raveendran Kasturi, Group CEO, ULCCS said that similar to other IT destination cities, Kozhikode will also develop through the growth of IT sector.
ULCCS Managing Director S Shaju, General Administration Manager Kishore Kumar T.K. and Tata Elxsi Thiruvananthapuram Centre Head Sreekumar were also present at the press conference.