Global oil and gas major Shell’s Indian arm Shell India Markets on Wednesday inaugurated its in-house global IT centre in Bangalore, with plans to recruit 1,000 professionals in 2016 and thousands more by 2020.
“India, especially Bengaluru, has proved to be the centre of innovation and delivery over the last decade. With large concentration of technical institutions and talent in Karnataka, Shell is keen to invest in this market and grow the IT skills required for tomorrow,” said Yasmine Hilton, chairman, Shell India, in a statement.
According to Shell’s CIO Jay Crotts, Indian talent is attractive enough for the company at a global level.
“Shell and the future of energy are powered by Information Technology. Therefore, this IT centre becomes an important strategic hub. IT contributes to the bottom line by unlocking business value through technology and innovation,” said Crotts in the statement.
Saying that the company had positive offshoring experience in India, Shell pledged its support to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives.
“Shell supports the vision of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’; it is contributing towards the initiative by growing its largest IT delivery engine via the IT centre in Bengaluru,” the statement added.