Cognizant First Odisha Office Opened by Patnaik

Odisha, a state in eastern India, has been witnessing a surge of investment, talent and innovation in the IT sector. On Sunday, February 11, 2024, the state added another feather to its cap when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the first facility of Cognizant, one of the world’s leading IT and consulting companies, in Bhubaneswar.

Cognizant State-of-the-Art Facility

The new centre of Cognizant is spread over 52,000 sq ft and is designed to accommodate 1,000 of the company’s associates in a hybrid work environment. It is located at the Odisha Technology Centre, a state-of-the-art IT park developed by the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO).

A Milestone for New Odisha

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said that the entry of Cognizant marks a significant milestone for new Odisha and further solidifies its reputation as a leading IT investment destination in the country. He said that Odisha has emerged as a “destination of the future” with a growing scale of investment, talent pool and ambition.

He also said that all these factors have become the cornerstones of the state’s journey towards growth and development which is fuelled by a robust ecosystem encouraging entrepreneurship, technological innovation and new-age businesses.

A Global Hotspot for IT

State Electronics & IT Minister Tusharkanti Behera said that Bhubaneswar has become a global hotspot for IT, ESDM (Electronics System Design & Manufacturing) and consulting companies under the leadership of Patnaik. He said that with its visionary policies and vibrant ecosystem, Odisha has emerged as the undisputed leader in the IT domain, shaping the future of technology.

He also said that the new centre of Cognizant will create more opportunities for the state’s youth and drive the economy upwards.

Cognizant Strategic Expansion to Tier-II Cities

Ravi Kumar S, CEO of Cognizant, said that they are excited to begin their expansion to Tier-II cities with the opening of a new centre in Bhubaneswar. He said that the state of Odisha has an entrepreneurial spirit, renowned educational institutions, strong infrastructure and promising talent.

He also said that Cognizant is committed to delivering high-quality services to its clients across industries and geographies from its new facility in Bhubaneswar.

A Global Leader in Digital Transformation

Cognizant is a global leader in digital transformation, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics and business process outsourcing. It has over 300,000 employees worldwide and serves more than 6,000 clients across various sectors.

The company has been operating in India since 1994 and has over 200,000 associates across 15 cities. The new facility in Bhubaneswar is its 19th centre in India and its first in Odisha.

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