The Department of IT and Te l e com (DITT) under Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) and the labor ministry (MoLHR) in collaboration with Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) have already started preparing for the
Thimphu Tech park from this month. At the moment, the labor ministry is assessing the talent pool which is interested in being employed in the upcoming park.
According to the Program Officer, Tenzin Choden, the assessment was conducted to find out the number of graduates interested to work in IT and ITES sectors.
As a part of promotional activities, the Private Sector Development Project (PSDP) is talking to Global BPO companies mostly in India such as Genpact, WIPRO and Infosys to make them set up business in Thimphu Tech Park.
“We are looking for at least one company to come here and set up business in the IT Park,” said an official from DITT adding that by one or two weeks, the department would get a sure response and sign the deal.
After that, within five to six months, the IT giants should be able to come here and set up their business. MoLHR has already selected 2,281 graduates of various subject backgrounds till date to look into the market scenario but only 150, preferably who have worked in BPOs in India will be recruited.
Unselected applicants would be requested to join BPO companies in India to be trained and gain experience.
“At the moment, as an interim measure the graduates have been placed in various sectors of global BPO companies,” said Tenzin Choden.
Around 300 graduates are already being trained by WIPRO in India.
Preference will be given to finance and accounts students for back office operations but not for the office call center.
Towards the end of May, the selected recruits would be completing all the formalities and signing a deal with Bhutan Innovation and Technology Center though the original dateline was 7th May.
Further, RUB would be developing a curriculum for long term sustainability for this kind of project by introducing two new modules in their syllabus, namely language enhancement and analytical skills in all the colleges under RUB and Royal
Thimphu College. According to the Project manager of RUB, Rinzin Namgay Dorji, the future graduates would thus have the skill and competence to work in these companies.
Although setting up of IT Park would take another four to five months, the commercial operations will begin in September 2012.