US firm to start Kolkata operations next month

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 26 March 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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KOLKATA: The US-based Atlas Medical Software, which specialises in developing software solutions for the healthcare industry, will start operations in Kolkata next month, West Bengal IT secretary G.D. Gautama said on Thursday.

Atlas Medical, a division of Atlas Development Corporation, would employ 40 people in the first phase and was likely to scale it up to over 100 over a period of time, Gautama said on the sidelines of a BPO summit organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Gautama said the entry of Atlas in West Bengal would prove a big help in convincing prospective investors about the value proposition that existed here since the US firm had chosen Kolkata over more established centres such as Hyderabad and Bangalore.

“The low attrition rate and high quality talent pool available here were the major factors that made Atlas choose Kolkata,” he said.

Gautama said the state was in talks with three IT firms and two ITES companies for establishing a presence in the city. “Hopefully, these should materialise soon,” he said, without elaborating. Currently, over 175 IT companies operate at the electronics complex at Salt Lake.

Gautama said the feasibility assessment of the proposed 200-acre plot at Rajarhat that is slated to be developed as an IT facility was likely to be completed in the next three months. Last December, Webel had signed a MoU with Hidco for developing this plot for use by the infotech industry.

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