Australian varsity turns to Indian ICT Cos

By : |October 28, 2009 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: University of Wollongong, Australia, has entered into an agreement with Zensar Technologies, an IT and business process outsourcing services provider based in Pune, to set-up a unit in its innovation campus and is looking to get into agreement with 20 more Indian companies, mainly ICT companies, for doing so.

"We are currently into agreement with three Indian companies. Two of these partners did not want to be identified. However, we entered in an agreement with Zensar Technologies of Pune to set-up a unit at our innovation campus to which they have agreed," said Chris Grange, vice-principal (administration), University of Wollongong (UoW).

According to Grange, Zensar has promised to set-up a unit which will have a workforce in the range of 100 to 200. Zensar will recruit around 70 to 80 per cent of its staff from the university only.

"We are expecting around 20 more Indian companies to set-up their unit in our innovation campus and jointly work with us in various research works that we are carrying on," added Grange.

He pointed out that ICT education is the strength of the university along with the research it carries out in the campus. He also mentioned that UoW can further help Indian companies in partnering with Australian companies and enhance their business opportunity for them.

Grange further added, over the time UoW has observed that Indian companies have clear expansion plan as compared to the companies in the US, China and Europe which attracted the university to get into partnership with Indian companies.

“When we thought of looking at International partnership we did evaluation among the US, Europe, China and India. Then we found at that in China and India there are group of companies that are looking for expansion abroad. Between these countries, Indian companies have more advanced and clear plan of their expansion. I cannot explain the reason behind but certainly it is," said Grange.

University of Wollongong is also exploring partnership with institutes in India for partnership in the field of research. The university currently has around 30 per cent Indian students enrolled in its ICT courses.

Grange was accompanied by Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricketer and ambassador for the university who invited more Indian students to enroll in the university and assured that Indian student are safe in Australia.

Recently there were concerns about the safety of Indians in Australia following some attacks on Indian students in the country.

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