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TechBulls expanding WFH footprint in AP

TechBulls Software Services setting up co-working facilities in tier-2 & tier-3 cities in Andhra Pradesh; Recently, it inaugurated 25,000-sft campus at Ongole, to set up new office complexes at Visakhapatnam and Tirupati

TechBulls expanding WFH footprint in AP

TechBulls expanding WFH footprint in AP

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- The company acquired half acre at Rushikonda in Vizag for 2nd center

- Plans to acquire land at Tirupati to set up a huge campus

- Providing real-time training to engineering, other graduates

- Ongole centre will accommodate 200 people

- Offering training in Java, python and data analytics

Visakhapatnam: TechBulls Software Services Pvt Ltd has decided to promote 'work from hometown' concept in a big way across Andhra Pradesh through its regional campuses to help the software engineers who are living in their villages, tier-2 and tier-3 towns by offering co-working space.

The company which recently commenced operations of its Ongole campus is contemplating setting up office complexes at Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. It has plans to offer training on a real-time basis to graduate engineers, management graduates, BSc, BCA, B Com and other qualified youth for three months at Ongole and other proposed centres free of cost so as to make them industry-ready.

The Ongole campus has been built in an area of two acres with a built-up area of 25,000 sft. It launched operations a few days ago with the recruitment of 40 youth. The Ongole as well as other centres will have facilities for incubation.

The company has acquired half an acre at Rushikonda in Visakhapatnam to build its second centre. Efforts are also on to acquire suitable land at Tirupati to start a huge campus. The company already has operations in Hyderabad.

K Sudhakar Reddy, COO of TechBulls, told Bizz Buzz in an exclusive interview said that not only training jobless youth passing out from backward areas like Ongole, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Anantapur and Chittoor, we'll also identify and bring companies looking for skilled manpower to offer them decent jobs."

The company promised AP Government to offer co-working space at their offices free of cost to employees working for other companies. Those interested will also be used for offering training during their spare time as volunteers to youth enrolled for skill development training by TechBulls.

He said the Ongole centre will have training-cum-development facility that will accommodate 200 within a year. Training will be imparted in Java, python and data analytics.

Reddy explained that the WFH town concept was drawn after a case study done at Guravareddy Palem village of Maddipadu mandal in Ongole district. The WFH option availed by techies belonging to the village led to investment on an average Rs10,000 per month in village economy improving the livelihood of the locals. The youth had invested liberally in food supply apps, taxi aggregators, real estates, agricultural produce and other allied fields. This also helped their parents and families in many ways as the techies were able to spend a lot of free time with them.

Most established IT companies are allowing their employees to work from home. To take full advantage of the WFH town, employees would love to work from their hometowns. When an employee works from his hometown, he can stay with his parents, can mingle and contribute to the local economy.

Reddy said TechBulls believes that this WFH town model will help in improving employee satisfaction and helps in reducing the employee attrition, which is one of the major challenges for the IT industry.

However, to work from villages, tier-2 or tier-3 towns, employees need good infrastructure like uninterrupted power supply, reliable internet connection, soundproof rooms for attending management meetings, video conferences and ergonomically designed table & chair to work for long hours. TechBulls fills this infrastructure needs by offering co-working space for IT employees working for various companies and in return TechBulls expects the users to contribute back to the society by way of mentor/guide/motivate the college interns & trainee engineers in the TechBulls campuses.

He said TechBulls regional campuses will also host the incubation centres to encourage young entrepreneurs and startups by providing shared services like business advisory services, mentorship and technical resources to build the prototypes, market research, seed funding and angel investment. Young entrepreneurs in rural, tier-2 or tier-3 towns can leverage this facility from TechBulls in exploring their business ideas and become part of the startups ecosystem.

Reddy pointed out that TechBulls incubation centre services are not limited to the software field alone as the business ideas can be from any field like agriculture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, education, and services sector.

Explaining about their journey, he said Tech Bulls, an IT company with diversified interest belongs to SAIS Group. The group was set up in 1992 with operations in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi. It has over 1,500 employees in six countries with a group revenue of $110 million and an asset base of over $75 million.

It has ventured into IT services, energy and fuel, pharmaceuticals and property development. TechBulls was established by the group in 2,000 with headquarters in Botswana and branches in India and three other countries with over 400 consultants.

TechBulls has created a business incubator with an angel investment fund of $10 million, assists and invests in 100 startups, offers plug and play office infrastructure, guidance on BMC to GTM strategy.

Not only training jobless youth passing out from backward areas like Ongole, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Anantapur and Chittoor, we'll also identify and bring companies looking for skilled manpower to offer them decent jobs

- K Sudhakar Reddy, COO of TechBulls

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