The global learning centre to be set up by the software services firm, Tata Consultancy Services, on the Technocity campus near here will have facilities to train 50,000 professionals every year.

The company claims that it will be the world’s largest corporate learning and development centre. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the facility here on Saturday.

To be located on a 97-acre property, the TCS learning campus will have a built-up area of 6.1 million sq ft and provide accommodation for professionals and the faculty.

Addressing the function, the CEO and Managing Director of TCS, N. Chandrasekaran, said the new facility would be a new benchmark for corporate learning worldwide. The centre would produce world class professionals to meet the future needs of the IT industry.

A press note issued by the company said the centre would link elegant design, ecological thinking and modern technology.

The project is expected to provide direct employment to over 2000 skilled and unskilled people for four years.

The TCS will run programmes to upgrade the skills of the local youth and equip them to work in the construction of the centre.