Here is a collection of an opinion and a hope. First, the opinion. This is from silicon.com’s Andy McCue, who has this to say about HSBC’s plan to set up a second center in the city.
Kolkata is trying to shake off the image of poverty associated with the city with a modern infrastructure, and is aiming to undercut other Indian offshore outsourcing destinations including Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Link
Now, the hope. This comes on the occasion of inauguration of 150th year celebrations of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur.
BESU has also signed up a MOU with the University of Windsor, Canada, to collaborate in the field of automobile engineering.
Prof Graham Reader, Dean of engineering department from the University of Windsor, Canada, made this announcement. He also said, “Apart from all these new programmes professors from this university will be going to participate in the World Congress.”
Alongwith the collaborative efforts of University of Windsor, BESU will be working extensively in the field of automobile engineering because according to the chief minister the state needs to have more automobile units. Link
One can’t miss an irony here. Silicon.com’s Andy may not know, but not very long back, Kolkata used to be the numero uno place for industry – any industry for that matter. This was so because there was the ambience for business and more importantly, there was sufficient availability of skill.
HSBC and UW’s plans to choose Kolkata indicate more than anything else that talent and skill haven’t deserted it yet, even though the city’s appearance as a whole continues to be in firm grip of everything that goes with mediocrity and to a certain extent, anarchy as well.