Philips is to set up a corporate research and development centre in India, looking at long term projects, especially in software.
R Varshneya, chief executive of Philips in India, said R&D work would begin by next March.
"For corporate R&D, we require a different set of people," he said. "We will be looking at research oriented basic science graduates and research scholars."
The company, which employs about 300 engineers in India already, mainly for software programming, is expected to increase this to 500 next year, to support the blue sky research function. This will be based either in Bangalore or the nearby Mysore software technology park.
The existing operation, PSCPL, was set up last year to adapt Philips software for international markets.
In 1999, PSPCL's focus will be on consumer and business electronics. "In business electronics, we will be doing a lot of work in digital data broadcasting and data reception," the company said. It develops software for four divisions - consumer electronics, industrial electronics, media electronics and chip design.
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