Special Correspondent

The `Brains@War' programme will be taken to Chennai also in due course

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Technopark-based US Technology International has announced a talent search contest titled `Brains@War' in 80 engineering and MCA colleges in the State.

The company proposes to turn it into an annual programme to identify talent to handle its expanding operations in IT and BPO sectors, said its chief operating officer Murali Gopalan here on Tuesday. The company reckons that its employee-strength will increase 10-fold to 30,000 by 2010.

The company also plans to go to some universities in the United States to get at least 50 fresh graduates for its Indian facilities at the Technopark here and in Chennai. The `Brains@War' programme will be taken to Chennai also in due course, Mr. Gopalan said.

Brains@War is designed not only to bring out the talent in the students, but also to polish their skills for their professional careers ahead. "It will reduce the lead time for achieving success in career," Mr. Gopalan said.

Company's head-strategic sourcing Pradeep Gopi said there would be three rounds of contest under `Brains@War.' The first two rounds will be hosted in the engineering and MCA colleges in the State and the final round on the Technopark Campus. The contest, to be held in February and March, would involve at least 10,000 students, he said.

It will put to test the problem-solving and programming abilities of the participants. The top 100 students will be mentored by eminent personalities from the industry. Winners will also get cash prizes. US Technology International will reward top performers with placements in the company, he said.