Now, Microsoft reached an understanding with the Andhra Pradesh government for a partnership in the fields of education, citizen services and agriculture after the software giant’s CEO Satya Nadella met chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday morning.
And at a breakfast meeting that lasted over an hour, Naidu is reported to have asked the Microsoft chief to open shop in Andhra Pradesh.
Microsoft already has a big campus in Hyderabad, the current joint capital which will go to Telangana as part of a bifurcation plan. Nadella was born in Hyderabad yet his family comes from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.
Nadella who is on a low-key personal visit to the city is scheduled to visit startup incubator T-hub as well, which is an initiative of the Telangana government.
“T-hub is the technological incubation centre set up by the Telangana government. He will interact with start-up entrepreneurs,” Telangana IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan earlier told PTI.
While asked about Nadella’s four-day visit, Jayesh said, “He (Nadella) is on a private visit”.
Telangana’s IT minister K T Rama Rao had said, “We are planning to inaugurate some of our initiatives during his visit. We are also inviting some other dignitaries.”
This is the second time Nadella is visiting Hyderabad. During his earlier visit, both AP and Telangana vied for Microsoft investment but no commitments were announced.
When he visited Hyderabad in September last year, the Indian-origin IT giant chief addressed Microsoft’s employees at its India Development Centre (IDC) in the city.
T-Hub is a technology incubator with collaborative efforts from the Indian School of Business (ISB), the International Institute of Information Technology and NALSAR University of Law, except for various other organisations.
Furthermore, the Telangana government had put in Rs 40 crore on the 70,000 sq ft facility constructed on the IIT-H campus.