Samsung recently announced plans to increase R&D operations in India with plans to hire more than 1,200 engineers from the top engineering colleges — such as IIITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, Delhi Technological University, and others.
Samsung’s India R&D centers are encouraging local and global development, providing skilled engineers with a platform to innovate and set new engineering benchmarks.
“As a leading technology company, our effort has always been to nurture our talent by providing them the most proper exposure,” shared Sameer Wadhawan, the head of human resources, Samsung India. “We are proud of the milestones accomplished by our engineers in India and are committed to hiring more expertise from the country. This year, we plan to take over 1,200 engineers and have now extended 340 PPOs to engineers at IITs and other best institutions.”
The R&D hiring process began this month (December 2019), with executives from the three Samsung R&D centers (Bengaluru, Delhi, and Noida) visiting IIT campuses in several cities (including Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Madras, Kharagpur, BHU, Mandi, Roorkee, Pallakad, Tirupati, Guwahati, Indore, Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneswar, and Jodhpur. IIT Bhilai is the latest edition to this list.)
The positions with the company will be offered now but students will join the Samsung team after graduation. The company says it’s interviewing students from multiple sectors, including:
- Electronics and Communications
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Mathematics and Computing
- Information Technology.
The new hires will have the opportunity to work on advanced technologies in fields such as:
- Artificial Intelligence and On-Device AI
- Deep Learning and Machine Learning
- The Internet of Things
- Middleware Development
- Recognition systems
- Networks and Mobile Communications
- Voice, VLSI, and UI/UX
- Data Analysis
In 2017, Samsung announced that it would hire 2,500 engineers by 2020. So far, it’s on track.
“In December 2017, we talked about our commitment to hiring 2,500 engineers in India by 2020,” said Wadhawan. “We hired 1,000 engineers in 2018, and we are estimated to hire 1,200-plus engineers in 2019. Samsung India is well on course to meet the commitment it made. Overall, we have more than 70,000 people working at present, and if we talk about R&D centers, we have close to 9,000 people operating at our three R&D centers.”
More specifically, the South Korean conglomerate hired 1,000 engineers last year from top engineering institutes, giving a push to advanced sectors such as AI, AR, IoT, biometrics, machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), and 5G.
Samsung has one of the most extensive concentrations of R&D engineers in India outside of its South Korea office. Samsung’s Bengaluru R&D center has been home to some of the most advanced technologies deployed on flagship devices, including the Galaxy Note10. In fact, it is the most comprehensive R&D center outside of Korea and has been instrumental in heightening the camera capacities of Samsung smartphones — optimizing voice assistant Bixby’s to assume Indian accents, and driving the Make for India’ initiative in general.
“It helps us stoke the innovation from India for the domestic market, as well as global regions.” As per Wadhawan, more than 37 percent of the population in India is made up of millennials and this young workforce is expected to drive innovations forward. “The focus is on the well-being and improvement of the young workforce,” he said.
In response to a media report that stated Samsung is cutting 1,000 jobs in India in the face of stiff opposition from Chinese companies, Samsung stressed that its business in India proceeds to grow and expand.
“As we contribute to job offers, we continuously realign resources as per business priorities to make our business more strong and efficient for long-term success,” stated the company in a press release. “We have demonstrated our dedication by building the world’s largest mobile factory in Noida, spending in local R&D, and we are exploring new markets such as 5G Network, among others,” said the company.”