Year 2003 – the rise of BPO culture in India. While Bengaluru was racing ahead with investments and swanky 1000 seaters that catered to multi national clients, the rest of the southern states were trying hard to catch the pulse of the momentum. Interestingly, HSBC’s entry into Visakhapatnam turned things around, especially for the local talent. Non locals joined the wagon later, after filling up the Amex seaters in Gurgaon.
CM N Chandrababu Naidu’s regimen back in the then United Andhra Pradesh saw a swift rise of middle class hope. BPO’s and tech parks were set up left, right and centre in Hyderabad, and the plan was to extend the same to other important parts of the state. Vizag was the obvious next best urban city that housed relevant skill engagement. The plan to set up Wipro along sea coast was an evidently critical manifesto at that point of time. The proclamation to set up a sprawling IT campus in Vizag that would have potentially provided employment to thousands suddenly came to a halt, immediately after 2004 elections.
The vision to bring Wipro to AP was one of CM’s personal agendas. Being an ardent tech aspirant and a CEO more like, Mr Naidu wanted a lock right there. Regardless of all the mixed sentiments that were prevailing that time over his choices and policies, the CM had wanted Wipro’s presence so badly. His clear cut plan showed out – generating more jobs for the graduates and post graduates in the state who were grappling for livelihood.
After coming back to the rule post a decade long ordeal, CM has more than required on his plate. Despite of all that, the Wipro manifesto has been dug out, one more time. The long shelved vision is back to full throttle, and there is no doubt that campus is a huge possibility this time around in the city of destiny (considering we calculate the next two good years on the roll, against all odds). It goes without saying that this adds up to the CM’s current FinTech mission.
While the state awaits the beginning of once impossible Polavaram project and world class capital city, Wipro tells the surreal tale of an ‘undead’ vision and what it can do to the masses at large.