Malaysia Looking to Learn from India

Posted on June 18, 2006  Comments (2)

Lessons from India’s Success in IT Industry

Infosys alone has hired 300,000 fresh engineering graduates in the various disciplines so far this year and plans to take in another 140,000.

They will undergo a 14-month IT course designed to meet the current requirements of the relevant industries.

The numbers of new hires is amazing (update – see comments, in fact the numbers are not for Infosys. According to Bloomberg:

India’s biggest software makers, hired about 229,000 workers in India in the year to March 31, according to National Association of Software and Service Companies, or Nasscom. Tata Consultancy plans to add 30,500 jobs this year and Infosys 25,000, the companies said separately in April.).

and various sources quote a number of 25,000 for new hires at Infosys – almost 50% of their current size. I would imagine some will replace those leaving, though that is not clear from the articles.)

The 14 month training course seems to indicate that Infosys needs to supplement their education to meet the needs to Infosys.

(The current top 10 recruiters of brilliant students from Indian universities are Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, IBM, Infosys, TCS, McKinsey & Co, Wipro and Adobe.)

I wonder what they mean by “brilliant students” (I doubt they mean all students so it must be some subset but I am not sure what subset – for example engineering or electrical engineering or engineering from the top 20 Indian schools or what, top 20% of engineers from each school?). Still is does provide another example that India is producing many very talented engineers – Microsoft, Google etc. would only be hiring if they found very talented people.

He said Infosys had seen Malaysia as the ideal parallel base for its disaster data recovery and support services as early as in 2000, but their plans were frustrated by Immigration officers who regarded applicants for work permits as potential over-stayers.

Unable to deal with the restrictions and delays, Infosys chose Mauritius, its second choice.

Government regulation and enforcement are significant components of the success of science and engineering efforts. Education is an important factor but the rule of law and effective regulation play an important role also.

2 Responses to “Malaysia Looking to Learn from India”

  1. bobmonsour
    June 19th, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

    The fact you refer to regarding Infosys, i.e., “…hired 300,000 fresh engineering graduates…so far this year…” was just too far out of line to believe. I went to the Infosys site and found the following information about their headcount. See For those not wanting to click, here are the numbers for their total headcount from the years 2005-06 back to 2001-02, respectively: 44,658; 32,178; 23,377; 15,356; and 10,738. I did see that the article you referred to stated the numbers you quote, but the numbers simply fail the reasonableness test.

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