Kadakkal and Perinad, two sleepy towns in Kollam district, formally gained a place in Kerala's IT map on Thursday. The recently inaugurated Technolodges in these two places became operational.

Accentia Technologies, a Technopark-based company specialising in IT solutions for health care, financial and insurance sectors, has set up satellite centres at the two Technolodges.

About 300 employees can work across three shifts at the two centres. “We have already appointed about 50 professionals for both the locations. They have been undergoing training at our Technopark facility and 28 of them were placed today at our Kadakkal and Perinad offices,” said Pradeep Vishwambharan, CEO, Accentia Technologies. “We are recruiting professionals from Kollam district for the two centres and they will be placed by the end of September this year.”

The professionals recruited are being trained to cater to non-voice legal and business transcription.

Creating jobs

“The Technolodge initiative is the result of Kerala government's ambitious vision to take software exports business to small towns and villages and encourage BPO companies to operate from low-cost rural centres and thereby create employment in rural areas. Accentia was the first company that came forward to set up a BPO in Kadakkal and Perinad,” said Technopark CEO Mervin Alexander.

He said the formal commencement of operations would encourage other IT companies to set up similar centres in rural areas, providing a major boost to local talent.

The State government has invested Rs.18.5 lakh on refurbishing the building at Kadakkal while the investment for Perinad was Rs.27.4 lakh. Both the Technolodges have common facilities like discussion rooms, pantry space, wash area, reception and back-up power generators.

The Technolodge project is executed by the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL). The government is pursuing an ambitious plan to establish 100 Technolodges across the State. Over 60 panchayats have come forward offering facilities to set up Technolodges.

Technolodges are set up in small towns and villages where unutilised land or buildings are available with the government or local self-government institutions. KSITIL will bear the investment cost for construction of buildings, furnishing, electrification and broadband connectivity.