Gainsville, Florida, September 24 2014: Subroto Bagchi, Chairman and co-founder of India-headquartered, global technology services company, Mindtree and his wife Susmita -- a well known writer in Odiya and English -- have gifted a million dollars to the University of Florida in the US. The gift will be used to construct a new facility -- Engineering Innovation Nexus Building within the university campus.
A UF release quotes Cammy Abernathy, dean of the College of Engineering: “The relationship between Mindtree and the college has been a win-win from the very start. The friendship and support that Susmita and Subroto have shown us as individuals, on a personal level, is particularly special. They care so much about education – especially engineering education - and about fueling it with their love for humanity and creativity.”
Bagchi’s ties with the College of Engineering and Gainesville date back to 2011 after UF and the State of Florida invited Mindtree to open a U.S. Development Centre in Gainesville. They did, and are on track to create 400 new jobs, on top of establishing a key talent pipeline with the college.
Says Bagchi: “Susmita and I have great affection for the University of Florida, and its efforts to be at the leading edge of education and research. They have played a significant role in bringing Mindtree to Florida and made us feel at home. Their vision to create a world-class infrastructure for the engineering college is an exciting opportunity for us to support. We believe their work will have enduring value for people of the world. We look forward to an enduring relationship."
Bagchi is also a writer with half a dozen business bestsellers to his credit.
Mindtree’s Florida Delivery Center is the first outside of India for the company and is part of it's strategy to broaden its IT and software consulting offerings to its clients in the United States.
The Innovation Nexus Building is the college’s main physical contribution to UF’s Preeminence Initiative. and will house a freshman design lab, a prototyping lab, an advanced manufacturing facility, an engineering experiment station and several biotech labs. In addition, there will also be 21st-century classrooms. It is expected to cost $53 million in total to build and will become the flagship building of the college. ( We are grateful to IndiaWest for a pointer to this news.)
IndiaTechOnline has in the past brought you news of Mindtree's Florida expansion:
MindTree opts for Florida to set up its first big US R&D base
Mindtree gets going with Florida-based delivery centre