On a bright morning recently, the 40-acre Intel India campus in the hi-tech corridor of Outer Ring Road here set the temperature soaring with ‘Oscar like’ felicitation of its own superstars.
The occasion was the company’s innovation jamboree, Intel India Innovation Day. It included a specially-designed felicitation ceremony for its newly appointed five principal engineers and two senior principal engineers, with their families. These celebrated techies, along with kin, walked the red carpet. Each looked elated, amid an exhilarating ambience of arc lights, upbeat music in the background and thunderous applause from 1,000-odd employees in the audience. The importance that Intel India gives to people with deep technical expertise could be gauged from the fact that it hired the most number of senior principal engineers and principal engineers this year — these roles are earned with a consistent history of successful ideation and execution of technical works. So far, Intel India has four senior principal engineers and 18 principal engineers, who are part of its 4,500-strong research & development workforce in the country.
Intel India is one example of the huge transition being witnessed in the Indian information technology (IT) sector, where technical talent is increasingly being recognised much more than ever before. Many leading IT companies are now bestowing a lot of focus and visibility on their senior technologists’ roles, becoming highly aspirational among techies.
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