Excellent Location &
Huge Industrial & IT Base
Extensive Education System
Affluent, Modern, Cosmopolitan
Excellent Law & Order
and Security Situation
IT City / ITES / BPO
Location and Infrastucture
With the construction of the six - lane Mumbai - Pune Expressway,
this city is now less than a three hours drive from Mumbai. Notable,
even through Pune is the seventh- largest city in India, it has the
sixth largest metropolitan economy and the highest per capita income
in India, with the least income disparity between the rich and poor.
offers a variety of modes for travel within the city and suburbs.
The Pune Municipal Transport runs many buses locally, to suburbs
and to nearby villages. It is the cheapest mode of locomotion. The
bus frequencies are reasonably well but it is always preferable
to ask a local about the timings. Trunk routes are however very
The easiest way to travel in Pune is by auto rickshaw, a three motorised
wheeler which accommodates three people comfortably. Auto rickshaws
run by meter and one has to pay as per the tariff card. Travel houses
offer local taxi's For those who prefer the comfort and luxury of
chauffeur driven cars, a superior quality service is available from
car rental agencies.
now called the Oxford of the East was once a haven for the Britishers.
The reason being its conducive and pleasant climate. Pune is considered
a mini hillstation and has a tolerable climate throughout the year
as compared to its neighbour, Mumbai!
Industrial and IT Base
is a major industrial centre, worthy of being termed Detroit of
India. It is a home to one of the world's largest two - wheeler
manufacturers - Bajaj Auto. It is also home to Kinetic Engineering
Force Motors (previously known as Bajaj Tempo). India's largest
motor company, Tata Motors has its plant here. Daimler Chrysler
also has an assembly line for its Mercedes Benz brand. Cummins Engines
Co. Ltd has a Research & Technology India Center in Pune in
addition to its manufacturing plant here. Whirlpool as well as LG
has appliance-manufacturing plants near Pune. Frito Lay and Coca
- Cola also have manufacturing plants in Pune. Pune is also home
to numerous small and medium sized enterprises.
over Bangalore and Hyderabad! Pune is fast racing to the top slots
in the Indian software industry.
Till some years ago, people living in Mumbai thought of Pune as
the ideal place to get away for a weekend. About a 5-hour drive
from Bombay, Pune seemed an idyllic place with a laid-back attitude.
But how the little town has metamorphosed into a buzzing metropolis
Pune is today fast emerging as an InfoTech hub, challenging biggies
like Bangalore and Mumbai to emerge as one of the top contenders
for the 'Silicon Valley of India' slot.
addition to the huge number of educational institutions and universities,
Pune has statistics to back its claim for the numero uno destination
for IT investments and Industrial Investments. As per a recent IDC
report, Pune has the highest PC penetration among households and
has overtaken the much-fancied Bangalore.
is also home to well known giants of the Indian software industry
like Wipro, Infosys, Satyam, Tata Technologies, TCS, Kanbay, Veritas,
HSBC Software, Cognizant, PCS and Mahindra British Telecom. A further
feather in the cap is the 'Indian Institute of Software Engineering'
coming up in association with Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
proximity to the financial capital and rapidly improving infrastructure
have made Pune one of the most sought-after commercial destinations
in the country today. The recent attractions have been the expressway
connecting Mumbai and Pune, which has reduced the traveling distance
and time substantially. Pune, India's fastest growing IT centre
with connectivity to India's financial capital, Mumbai. Which is
why there has been an IT wave flooding the city: BPO set-ups, IT
enabled services and Software giants are making their presence felt.
Pune ranks among THE top 5 cities for IT export in India, with an
IT workforce of more than 40,000 professionals.
Education System :Pune is considered as the Oxford of the
East - which explains for the unusually large number of foreign and
regional students found in the many educational and research institutes.
Pune has many institutions of higher education, including the University
of Pune. Specialized institutions include the Symbiosis Institute
of Mass Communication (SIMC), the College of Engineering, B.J. Medical
College, the Armed Forces Medical College), the Inter - University
Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the National Chemical Laboratory.
The National Defence Academy, which trains officers of India's armed
forces, is located at Khadakvasla, on the outskirts of Pune. Ferguson
College (1885) is the oldest and one of the most important colleges
in the city. Other famous colleges include Symbiosis College and Brihan
Maharashtra College of Commerce.
quality of education imparted along with the other facilities, such
as accommodation and easy conveyance, make the admissions much sought
after. The post graduation courses offer a variety of the latest
specializations, currently in vogue the world over. Corporates have
also provided their own schools. One of the premium institutes C-DAC
is also located in Pune, because of the easy availability of software
Modern Cosmpolitan Culture:
While Pune has always been a corporate stopover, Pune has its mix
of potpourri and culture which makes for interesting sight seeing
within the city! For those interested in history and architecture,
Pune offers a mix of the modern interlaced with the old! Whether it
is the Lal Deval standing side by side with a spanking petrol pump
or Vishram Baug Wada, which now functions as a post office, the list
is endless! Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace and the Parvati temple
are the other few attractions without which a visit to the city would
upon a time Pune was a very sedate Maharashtrian city... very representative
of the Maratha heartland.
arrival of Osho Rajneesh and his flock changed that completely.
The Ashram put Pune on the world map and has given this deeply traditional
and staid city a strange new and very odd flavour. The migration
of plenty of Bombay folk to the town too is increasingly giving
the city a more cosmopolitan nature.
the top attraction of the city is the Osho Commune International.
Besides, the Nallah Park, made by the Commune, also makes for an
Law and Order and Security:
Pune is a city having a high safety record, thanks to its peace loving
citizens, vigilant services and night patrols. However certain essential
service numbers are given here for convenience and emergencies.
- Attracting IT investments
bigwig Infosys technologies recently announced its plans for investing
Rs. 2.5 billion in its facility in Pune city, giving a boost to
the Maharashtra Government's efforts to market the state as a competitive
location for IT investments.
IT major Infosys, which already owns 25 acres of the Pune Infotech
Park at Hinjewadi, will now acquire another 75 acres in phase II
of the park- making the Pune campus its 2nd largest facility worldwide.
The Rs. 2.5 billion investment will allow the centre to employ 5,000
professionals in addition to the existing 2200, anchoring the Companies
ties with multi-million dollar clients from Canada, US, Europe and
the reasons cited for Infosys' increased interests in Pune are the
cities local technical skills and improved infrastructure. The Maharashtra
Government's efforts to attract investments have also made it easier
for companies like Infosys to set up in the state. MIDC has in fact
acquired over 500 hectares of land in and around Hinjewadi, Pune
for development of software and biotechnology parks. Phase I of
the Hinjewadi Infotech Park is already home to several IT majors
such as Infosys, Wipro, etc