Hindustan Computer Ltd (HCL) has built the first Technology Hub in Noida to implement India’s technological innovations. Spread over an area of 46 acre, the Hub would employ another 15,000 employees in addition to its exiting 50,000. The company also has plans to come up with similar hubs in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Manesar, Madurai and Nagpur. The Hub was inaugurated by Minister of Finance, P Chidambaram.
According the Chidambaram, “The 21st century would belong to those countries and people who are capable to build knowledge society. This Hub demonstrates that if it can be built in India, it can also be built in any state, whether it is progressive or poor, and in any town and village. All it needs is determination and vision.”
“It is not often that Indian companies stand alongside two great companies like Apple and IBM. HCL has survived in the world of competition and growth. Nothing in my mind symbolises the spirit of new India as this crest for knowledge. In the next 30 years, India will become a knowledge society, with every young man, woman and child part of it,” the Finance Minister added.
“Life span of technology is shortening. It is technology that is leading to different architecture of businesses, and new competitive spirit. We should not see this Hub as urban-centric. HCL is now moving to smaller towns as well which sets the model for the industry and a tribute to Indian entrepreneurship,” said Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Speaking on creative leadership in IT, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, said, “IT knowledge products can bring non-linear growth to organisations, as well as to the nation. HCL needs to create an environment that further encourages R&D.” He added that affordable lightweight tablet PC could be built as a learning device for 3 million students. Mobility with wireless devices would provide connectivity to 600,000 villages. Dr Kalam also spoke about integrating television, telephone and computing for a better future.