Thiruvananthapuram: Technopark, the first and single-largest information technology (IT) park in India, is preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation.
With a built-up area of 4.5-million sq.ft, the campus today houses 180 IT and IT-enabled-services companies employing 28,000 professionals.
It was in July 1990 that the State government set up the Electronics Technology Park, Kerala as an embryonic society for Technopark. The autonomous society was established to create infrastructure and provide support required for the development of high-technology companies.
The foundation stone for the first building in Technopark was laid on March 31, 1991 by the then Kerala Chief Minister, E.K. Nayanar. K.P.P. Nambiar, industrialist, was Technopark's first chairman. The campus was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao, in November 1995.
“Over the last two decades, Technopark has played a major role in shaping Kerala IT, the way it is today. The park not only provides robust infrastructure and connectivity for seamless round-the-clock operation but also strives to ensure that employees have a good work-life balance,” Ajay Kumar, IT Secretary, Government of Kerala, says.
“Technopark has helped Kerala capitalise on its advantages and transform itself into an IT powerhouse through focussed initiatives in IT infrastructure development, HR [human resources] development and citizen e-enablement. Kerala is one of the few States that bucked the global trend and registered a phenomenal growth in IT. In the recent past, many international IT brands have moved to Technopark Thiruvananthapuram for the excellent infrastructure, 24x7 power and data connectivity.”
Over the last two decades, many major IT/ITES companies such as Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have set up shop in Technopark and expanded their businesses. Infosys has set up its own campus on 50 acres (1 acre = 0.4 hectare) of land and currently employs 3,000 professionals in Thiruvananthapuram.
TCS has acquired another 26 acres of land for a software development centre and is operating its global learning centre, one of the biggest in Asia, from Technopark. The centre currently trains nearly 24,000 fresh engineering graduates every year. “Technopark has also provided the right environment for the success of several home-grown companies like Toonz Animation India, IBS Software Solutions, UST Global, NeST and SunTec Business Solutions,” said Mervin Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, Technopark. “We have initiated efforts to promote entrepreneurship through our Technology Business Incubation Centre. Our objective is to become a one-stop shop for all the IT needs of the State, and efforts are on to establish Technopark as a world-class location that will cater to any needs of an IT company in every aspect.”
Mr. Alexander said Technopark would be one of the five top investment destinations in India by 2015.
The park houses the fast-growing Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kerala, the Asian School of Business and the finishing schools Afras Academy for Business Communications and Faith Infotech. As part of its expansion, Technopark has acquired 92 acres of land for its third phase of expansion and 450 acres of land for setting up an integrated township in the fourth phase, Technocity. In addition, Technopark is developing a 44-acre campus at Kundara, Kollam.
As part of its 20th year celebrations, Technopark will felicitate all stakeholders who have contributed towards its growth at a function planned at the park on the foundation day on Wednesday.
M. Vasudevan, Senior Business Development Manager; K.C. Chandrashekharan Nair, Chief Financial Officer, K.V. Rajendran, General Manager; and K. Ramachandran, Deputy General Manager, will be present.