Sunday, February 27, 2005

MindTree Opens West Campus in Bangalore

MindTree Opens West Campus in Bangalore
The Hindu Business Line

A benchmark in innovation, the new campus will house 1,300 ‘MindTree Minds’

MindTree Consulting, an international IT Services and R&D Services company, today announced the opening of the first phase of its West Campus in Bangalore. This is MindTree’s fourth development center in the world. MindTree also has development centers in Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Jersey in the U.S.

The 12-acre MindTree West Campus is based in Global Village, the most beautiful IT Park in the city. The first phase of the campus will have a capacity to house 1,300 ‘MindTree Minds’, the Company’s preferred name for their employees.

“From the beginning, we were conscious of the commute that many IT professionals undertake while working at other IT parks in the city. MindTree’s West Campus is less than a 10-km drive for IT professionals staying in the south and west parts of the city. The campus will help them reduce their daily commute time significantly,” said MindTree Consulting Chief Operating Officer Subroto Bagchi.

The first phase of the MindTree West Campus is ready for occupation. Work on the next structure will commence in a phased manner. The 500,000-square feet campus, when completed, will house 5,000 IT professionals.

“The opening of the MindTree West Campus is yet another milestone for MindTree. The three structures of the campus, when completed, will together symbolize the DNA of MindTree – Imagination, Action and Joy,” said MindTree Consulting Chairman and Managing Director Ashok Soota, adding,”we are growing significantly ahead of the industry rate. This means that we must prepare ourselves for the future demand. MindTree’s West Campus will help us meet the demand and attract superior talent.”

The facility is being dedicated in the hands of His Excellency T.N. Chaturvedi, the Governor of Karnataka, and Cendant Travel Distribution Services’ Chief Information Officer Mickey Lutz at a unique ceremony in which earth from many parts of the world will be poured at the base of a living logo on Saturday, the 26th of February 2005. Invited college bands from Bangalore city will perform.

MindTree’s West Campus has been designed by renowned architects RSP Architects Planners & Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. The interior design was carried out by Chandavarkar &Thacker in collaboration with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

As has been the norm for MindTree, the MindTree West Campus would be adorned by the beautiful paintings of the children of Spastic Society of Karnataka.

This is perhaps the first instance where an organization has collaborated with a design institution for such a project. After studying in detail the communication needs of an IT professional and the team that he/she is a part of, Srishti's interdisciplinary team of art/design students and faculty developed a unique interior that encourages each individual to effectively participate in the creative articulation of corporate culture.

"The strategy was to deploy a mix of fixed and dynamic graphic elements; the latter - Graffiti Walls and Project Boards – will be present on every floor. Each is a dedicated space for MindTree Minds to scribble, draw, think, innovate, and express themselves visually in a public space," pointed out Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology Professor Arvind Lodaya.

Besides expression, the History Gallery provides Campus visitors a pictorial glimpse of MindTree’s impressive growth over the last five years. The Hero’s Gallery is a symbol of MindTree’s respect and love for those who continue to inspire all its MindTree Minds, to encourage the Company to walk the extra mile in pursuit of higher standards.

The Rain Forest, on the ground, floor, consists of The Kalpavriksha, a 200-seater, state-of-the-art dialogue room, and two learning rooms – each capable of handling 45 learners. Near the learning rooms is The Arboretum, where new MindTree Minds, who join from other organizations, will be assimilated into the MindTree culture and provided special care. The Arboretum is specially equipped to handle their needs – including a 50-DVD set brought from Stanford University on subjects as varied as leadership to innovation.


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