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Infosys Technologies to hire top talent from US, UK versities

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Mumbai, May 15 (UNI) Bangalore-based IT major, Infosys Technologies Ltd. has announced its first large-scale plan to recruit 300 college graduates from universities in the United States this year and 25 graduates from the United Kingdom in 2007, as part of an ongoing commitment to create a diversified, global workforce.

In FY 06, Infosys doubled the percentage of non-Indian employees, hiring more than 25 different nationalities.

In a communique to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company informed that in the first phase, its university-level recruiting programme in the US will bring more than 100 American college graduates to India in August 2006.

The new employees hired will develop their engineering skills at Infosys' development centers across India for six months before returning to its offices in the United States. ''This is the first global recruiting initiative of its size to bring foreign talent to India,'' pointed out the communique.

According to Infosys' Chairman and Chief Mentor, Mr N R Narayana Murthy, this move marks a very important landmark in the evolution of Infosys. ''We firmly believe that the future success of Infosys lies in its ability to create an environment that is open to people from different nationalities and ethnicities,'' he said, adding that ''through the breadth of understanding and cross- cultural adaptability that can only be found in a diverse workforce, Infosys will play an even more strategic role for its clients.'' Infosys began recruiting for entry-level software engineer positions at top universities in the US following a successful pilot programme that brought 10 young Americans to work in Bangalore. Applications were admitted from all majors, including liberal arts majors, for the software engineering position.

In August 2006, more than 100 new employees from American universities will begin their careers at the Infosys' global education centre in Mysore, India, one of the largest corporate education centers of its kind in the world.

They will participate in a customized education programme for four months, after which the American trainees will be relocated to various development centres throughout India for another two months before returning to its various locations in the United States.

Along the same lines, a pilot programme will take place to recruit students from universities in the United Kingdom, stated the communique.

While this initiative will be the first instance of the company recruiting graduates abroad for permanent positions, students from schools such as Stanford Graduate School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School and the Said Business School of Oxford have been competing to visit the company's Bangalore campus for InStep, the company's internship program.

Last year, InStep which recruits students from 82 universities in 18 countries to come to India for 8-24 weeks to learn as an intern at the company, received over 11,000 applications for 100 positions.

Subsidiaries such as Infosys Consulting, Infosys China and Infosys Australia will also enhance Infosys global workforce as they continue on their path of growth. Infosys Consulting Inc., the consulting arm of the company, which primarily recruits in the United States, will reach 500 employees in the next two years while Infosys China hopes to reach 6,000 employees by 2010, pointed out the communique.

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