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Wipro plans to build biggest campus to house 30,000 employees

Wipro, India’s third largest software exporter is finalising
its plans to build its largest campus that can house at least 30,000 employees
on a 50 acre plot in Bangalore. The new campus, whose first phase is expected
to have a built up space of 2.5 million square feet, is 4 km away from its
existing 1.9 million sq ft campus in Sarjapur.

Wipro, India’s third largest software exporter is finalising
its plans to build its largest campus that can house at least 30,000 employees
on a 50 acre plot in Bangalore. The new campus, whose first phase is expected
to have a built up space of 2.5 million square feet, is 4 km away from its
existing 1.9 million sq ft campus in Sarjapur.

This will be in addition to Wipro’s existing campuses across
the country and is not aimed at consolidating operations. Currently, the
software major’s headcount stands at about 138,000 employees. “We are
currently in the process of finalising the master plan for the new
campus,” said Hariprasad Hegde, vice-president and global head of
operations at Wipro. He did not provide details on the developer of the project
or how much it would cost.

The Sarjapur facility -the largest for the company so far –
accommodates nearly 31,000 employees.

The proposal to develop an additional campus was pending for
sometime due to issues with land approvals. However, these have now been sorted
out and the company has received the go-ahead for the project. Wipro is
currently working with architects on the master plan.

Software biggies have been investing in new development
centres to cater to future growth even though the current industry situation is
not encouraging. In October, India’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy
Services also announced plans to build a 1.5 million sq ft facility in Indore.

For Wipro, which added 13,000 employees last fiscal, the
hiring pace has slowed down this year as the employee churn has stabilised. In
November, software body Nasscom said the industry’s growth target for the year
to March 2013 would be at the lower end of the 11-14% range it forecast
earlier.

Last year, the sector grew a little over 16% to touch $70
billion (about Rs 3.85 lakh crore) in exports. Faced with tough macro-economic
situations in the US and Europe, large corporations there have been delaying
technology spending.

Revenue from the US and Europe together make up over 80% of
the revenue for Indian IT services companies. 

[Source: TOI]
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