Bengaluru: Korean technology giant Samsung plans to strengthen its research and development (R&D) team in India by hiring 1,200 engineers from campuses next year. The hiring comes at a time when many other technology companies are laying off employees to cut costs.
“The campus hiring will be done across the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology), NITs (National Institute of Technology), and other premier institutes like BITS Pilani and Manipal Institute of Technology. This hiring will be for our three R&D centres in Bengaluru, Noida, and New Delhi," Sameer Wadhawan, head of Human Resources, Samsung India, said.
The engineers will be hired across branches such as computer science, electronics & communications, electrical, mathematics & computing, instrumentation, and information technology, Wadhawan said.
These engineers will be hired to work in future-oriented technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, image processing, cloud, internet of things, data analytics, and VLSI (very large scale integration).
On achieving this target, Samsung will surpass its earlier goal of hiring 2,500 people by 2020 given that it has hired 2,000 people in the last two years. Samsung has a significant presence in India with the country accounting for about 70,000 employees out of its total headcount of 320,000.
Out of the 1,200 engineers to be on-boarded next year, 340 of them already have pre-placement offers through their internship programme with Samsung. Asked if the engineers will be trained on the necessary skill sets, Wadhawan said the company has a robust on-boarding programme of two months wherein the recruits are trained in high-level competencies.
India is a high growth market for the world’s largest smartphone maker by volumes. While demand in developed markets of North America and Europe was stagnant, this was offset by sales in emerging market countries including India, the company said during its Q3 earnings.