Computer hardware manufacturer HCL Infosystems Limited
has decided to focus on bulk customer segments viz., corporates
and educational institutions to expand its information
technology (IT) training wing.
may be recalled the Rs11,648 crore turnover company entered
the lucrative IT education line a year ago and focused
on the retail segment with its 30 centres branded HCL
Career Development Centres (HCL CDC). Located in major
Indian cities, the centre offers full and part time industry
related courses in software and networking.
corporate/enterprise and the educational institutional
segments are new to us," says S T M Eswar, head,
HCL, Education. "The modalities of targeting them
are being worked out."
Meanwhile, the company is planning to add 70 more centres
across the country taking the total number of HCL CDCs
to 100. According to Eswar, the company is more in favour
taking the franchisee route for expansion than through
its own centres.
franchisee will have to invest around Rs25 lakh - Rs50
lakh to start a centre. Nearly 80 per cent of our centres
would be franchisee owned. However the faculty is from
the HCL group companies," he said. Out of the existing
30 centres, HCL Infosystems owns just six.
HCL CDC courses are priced starting from Rs10,000 and
goes up to Rs56,000.
HCL Infosystems is not looking at rapid expansion of its
IT education centres. "We are capping the number
of centres at 100. We will increase the depth of courses,"
main reason for capping the number of centres is that
the teaching faculty at the centers is from the HCL group.
It would be difficult to find faculty members in house
as each centre would require around 5 trainers.
about the placement Eswar says, the company does not give
any assured placement. Group company HCL Technologies
Limited meets its requirements for new recruits from these