Google plans to open an R&D center in Bangalore:
"We just want more, really great engineers," Wayne Rosing, Google vice president of engineering, told the Journal. "It's clear there are a significant number of really talented computer scientists in India."
He said Google hopes to hire about 100 engineers for its Bangalore center.
One of Google Inc.’s frontline engineering minds is in fact from India, and he will be going to Bangalore to help start the India operations. New Delhi-born Krishna Bharat, an IIT Chennai alumnus who is Principal Scientist at Google Inc, and who started Google News, will move to Bangalore with other R&D folks to hire new engineering talent there. Krishna has a Ph.D in computer science from Georgia Tech and worked at DEC Systems Research Center before joining Google Inc in 1999.
Google is a great company to work for and the move is definitely not motivated by cost savings but to take advantage of the India's enormous engineering and technical talent.
India's high-tech labor costs and scalability are the two tangibles that even China cannot beat. The first global technology company to set up an development operation in India was Texas Instruments and that was done nearly two decades ago. The company has reaped benefits in the form of 225 US patents awarded to it's Indian operation.
India definitely has the talent and the infrastructure, but the major problem lies in branding; convincing the rest of the world to see India as a destination for cutting edge R&D work.