Smt. Sonia Gandhi Inaugurates Infosys' Global Education Center - II in Mysore
Increased Capacity for 14,000 Employees to be Trained Largest Corporate Education Center in the World
Mysore, India - September 15, 2009: Infosys Technologies (Infosys) today announced the expansion of Infosys' Global Education Center (GEC) at its Mysore Campus. Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA and President of the Indian National Congress inaugurated a world-class training facility - GEC II, created to consolidate learning activities across Infosys at its Mysore campus.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. B. S. Yeddyurappa, and Leader of the opposition, Karnataka State Legislative Assembly, Mr. Siddaramaiah, were also present on the occasion.
Given its infrastructure and size of operations, Infosys' Global Education Center is the largest corporate education center in the world. Located in the 337-acre Infosys Mysore campus, the total capacity of the center has been enhanced to educate 14,000 (GEC I - 4,500 and GEC II - 9,500) Infoscions. Infosys' total investment in the Mysore center is Rs. 2,055 crore of which Rs. 350 crore has been invested in construction of Software Development Blocks and related services, and Rs.1,705 crore has been invested in education and training-related infrastructure.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Limited, said, "We are honored to have Smt. Sonia Gandhi inaugurate Infosys' new Global Education Center. The Education Center is a testimony of Infosys' commitment to building the competency of our employees. In 2008-09, more than 16,000 new entrants were trained, and this financial year, around 16,000 more are expected to be trained through this program. In addition, special programs have been conducted at the GEC for students from Australia, Bhutan, China, Columbia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Panama, Thailand, UK and the US."
Infosys' Global Education Center
With a total built-up area of 1.44 million sq. ft, the Infosys GEC I and II can train 14,000 employees at any given time. The facility has 147 training rooms, 485 faculty rooms, 42 conference rooms, five assessment halls, an induction hall, a cyber café and two state-of-the-art libraries which can house over 140,000 books. With a built-up area of 440,735 sq ft., GEC I has 52 training rooms, 183 faculty rooms and a state-of-the-art library that can accommodate 60,000 books. The Global Education Center which is being inaugurated today has a built-up area of 1,002,095 sq. ft. GEC II has eighty-four 100-seater, three 200-seater, six 60-seater and two 36-seater class rooms, five examination halls and 302 faculty rooms. It also has an induction hall which can seat 400 trainees, a state-of-the-art library which can accommodate 80,000 books, an MC room with a capacity of 40 seats with acoustically designed walls. The seating capacity of the cyber café is 236.
The campus is home to participants of the foundation program. There are seven food courts that can cater to approximately 10,871 people at any given time. These multi-cuisine food courts offer various cuisines ranging from South Indian to continental food.
In keeping with Infosys' focus on all-round development, the campus provides fitness and recreation facilities for Infoscions. The Employee Care Center (ECC) on campus houses a large gymnasium, badminton and squash courts, table tennis, pool and snooker tables, an aerobics center, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a bowling alley, a rock climbing wall, a meditation hall, a bank, an eight-lane bowling alley and a laundromat with industrial type washer extractors and coin-operated washing machines, a company store and a medical center. The campus also has a cricket ground of international standards and a football ground with an eight-lane athletic track, two basket ball courts, one volley ball court and eight tennis courts with a synthetic surface.
The key highlight of the Mysore campus is its multiplex and auditorium complex. The main auditorium in this complex has a seating capacity of 1,056 seats and three multiplex theaters of 145 seats each. The total capacity of this complex is 1,491 seats. The auditorium has state-of-the-art digital projection systems and audio systems along with the best acoustic arrangements.