Purdue University and India-based tech giant Infosys have announced a strategic alliance. The five-year agreement will involve training for the company’s American employees, joint research projects and a physical presence for Infosys on campus. In May, the consulting and technology company announced that it had chosen Indianapolis for one of its U.S. tech and innovation hubs, resulting in up to 2,000 new jobs by the end of 2021.
The company and school will work together to develop course materials in areas including digital agriculture, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and data analytics. Purdue Executive Vice President For Research and Partnerships Suresh Garimella says the partnership "will marry Purdue’s talent and expertise in innovation with cutting-edge research and learning opportunities, and bring about an innovation-to-industrialization ecosystem."
Infosys will also have a physical presence at Purdue, anchored in the school’s Discovery Park.
The company says that will help the collaboration realize millions of dollars in joint research. In addition, Infosys President Ravi Kumar says the partnership reflects the company doing its part to shrink the IT skills gap.
"This strategic alliance with Purdue will enhance Infosys’ ability to attract and recruit top local talent, enable us to further develop a culture of lifelong learning and entrepreneurship, as well as fuel new ideas that will help our clients improve all that they are already doing," said Kumar.
Infosys will initially occupy around 35,000 square-feet of space in OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indianapolis as part of an investment of more than $8.7 million. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says the state is pitching the company on turning central Indiana into a full campus site, which he says could lead to even more jobs.
Garimella expects this and other corporate collaborations to keep growing at Purdue.