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Outsourcing: Bangalore’s Shell Tech
If there were any doubts about outsourcing to India, they are continually being laid to rest, as more and more global majors follow the trend. The newest convert is oil major Shell, with plans to set up a 40-acre campus in Bangalore, India to house its third global technology centre. Currently, the Anglo-Dutch company has major tech facilities in Netherlands and Houston (USA).
So far, Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman of the Shell group of companies in India has been unwilling to provide any investment details for the project. But, taking into account the area where Anglo-Dutch giant intends to set up its campus, undeveloped land in Whitefield, Bangalore is Rs. 6.5-crore an acre. This means the total cost of the land alone will come to Rs. 260-crores.
Mehta confirms the tech centre will become operational by July 2006, with Shell initially working out of 1-lakh sq. ft leased facilities, saying: “We expect the campus to be ready by 2009. By then, we will have about 1,000 technology professionals, and over 300-support staff.”
Set up to provide tech support to Shell firms around the world in areas spanning upstream exploration and production activities, downstream refinery and chemical operations, the Bangalore facility at a later stage will be used to conduct research and development (R&amp).
According to Mehta, it is challenging for oil companies to find hydro-carbon reserves in harsh geographic locations. “We need the right technology for this, and Shell feels India has the talent to develop such technology. We chose Indian and Bangalore after a very rigorous look at many other countries and locations.” he said.
Already, Shell has invested close to $1-billion in India, a major part of it in an LNG import terminal at Hazira, while also in the process of setting up a large chain of petrol stations across the sub-continent.
With daily, global investments pouring into India for setting up tech or R&amp centres in India, history seems to be coming full circle. As India transforms itself into the knowledge base of the world, the same scenario is playing itself out as it did many thousands of years ago, albeit with a difference.
In early 5th century B.C, India, the cradle of civilisation was the centre of learning when Greeks, Arabs, Chinese, et al came to Patiliputra city to study at Nalanda (International Scholastic Centre), the world’s First University, where 50 to 60-subjects were taught covering every field of learning from brahminical Vedic texts, philosophy, logic theology, grammar, astronomy, mathematics and medicine. A residential university with an extensive library, a College of Fine Arts, it had over 2,000 teachers and 10,000 scholars.
India taught the world then, and once again it teaches by excelling in knowledge based processes, because the knowledge is not new. It is deeply ingrained in the genetic make-up of Indians, who in times ancient imparted it to the world. But, that same world it so generously taught; used that knowledge to manufacture weapons of mass destruction to subdue, rape and plunder the sub-continent of its physical, spiritual, cultural and wealth of knowledge. A physical violence oriented west that wreaked its vengeance on the gentle, peaceful races of the world.
It is ironic, indeed, that India is once again conquering the world not through use of weapons of mass destruction, but through the mass power of brain cells. A right form of conquest as no boundaries are crossed, no races are eliminated, no cultures impressed with their own stamp; just a peaceful service rendered.
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