British tech firm sets up base in Technopark

Friday, 28 February 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: RM plc., a Britain-based information and communication technology firm, has decided to set up a centre in Technopark to develop educational software.

RM Education Solutions India Private Ltd., the local arm of the British firm, will develop innovative education software for its parent company based near Oxford.

"We chose the state of Kerala because of its commitment to supporting the development of leading edge technology companies such as RM Education Solutions India," said Colin Watson, commercial director of RM plc.

"Also, as an educational technology company we were keen to locate in a state that shared our commitment to education," he added.

"We were particularly impressed by the quality of the premises available at Technopark and have leased over 8,000 square feet."

RM Educational Solutions India will initially employ 25 people. The company plans to increase staff strength to 50 by end of this year and to more than 100 within two years.

The company will hire professionals who have software development skills in the areas of database systems, network technologies, primarily on the Microsoft platform.

RM plc is Britain's leading provider of commercial education services. Initially founded as a high technology start up exploiting the availability of low cost microprocessors, RM rapidly became a pioneer in the application of technology to education.

Today, RM is expanding its relationships with customers further by providing a diverse range of education services. It employs more than 1,200 staff.

Technopark, an autonomous society promoted by the Kerala government, is India's first technology park and among the two largest IT parks in India today.

Spread over 156 acres, and about 1.5 million square feet of built-up space, Technopark hosts over 55 IT and ITES companies, employing over 5000 IT professionals.

Among those who have already set up shops in Technopark in the last three months include giants like Mckinsey and Company, Alliance Cornhill, and Ernst and Young.
Source: IANS
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