I was the one of the lucky person who got selected in Infosys in the third year when I was studying electronics engineering. My journey in Infosys began in Mysore as that was my joining location.
I decided to join infy for many reasons major of them being Exposure to industry, a great opportunity, more compensation etc.
I like any other trainee, had my own room with a 26″ LCD TV, an attached bathroom, extra comfortable bed, single sofa, studying table with table lamp, water boiler and an awesome view of the campus. All this plus a person who comes to clean the room daily replenishing the coffee, tea sachets was for Rs. 3250 per month. There was a telephone which could be used to call any other person in the hostel. Only when I moved away from Mysore I realized that local calls were also possible. In short it was just like staying in a 3 star hotel.
Employee Care Centre (ECC):
We had an ECC building which was house to a supermarket, Swimming Pool, Laundromat, World-class Gym and indoor games viz. Table-Tennis, Badminton, Bowling Alley, Squash and Pool etc. In outdoor sports we had two Basketball Courts, eight lawn-tennis courts, an football ground with track and field events and an Cricket Ground.
Global Education Centre (GEC):
Two Global Education Centers or GEC as is popularly called in the campus. GEC1 has a capacity of approx. 5000 and GEC2 an amazing 10000 and each trainee has a PC assigned to him. GEC2 houses a food-court too. The GEC2 is said to be the largest building in India after the parliament. Every trainee’s bag is checked at the entrance in GEC as food stuff and all electronic devices except the Cell Phone is not allowed. This rule is kind of creepy coz a Cell Phone now-a-days is able to do most of the things what other electronic devices can. Also I don’t get the reason why food stuff was banned. But as human beings show interest in doing things what they are asked not to do, the dustbin in our class ended up with all the chocolate wrappers.
The multiplex had in all four screens, one of which was used to show movies. All trainees had mandatory registration to the Multiplex card. With Rs. 150 cut in the month, every trainee had the permission to attend all the shows. The movies were shown in weekends only. Generally one English and one Hindi movie was the trend. Even though the ticket was free, for a good film we had to queue approx a couple of hours ago to get the tkts. But standing with the group was a fun in itself. We used to play some games while in the queue and most of the times those got more interesting than the movie itself.
Food Courts (FCs):
We had six food courts at that time, now the number has increased. The food was not that interesting, but was eatable. Sometimes we had some good food too. I especially like the Chicken-Dum-Biryani and Noodles of FC1.
Software Development Blocks (SDBs):
This is where every trainee ended up after training. There were a few SDBs in Mysore campus as the main motive still remains as education centre. I never went inside these SDBs but wondered about people going inside. Now I am one of them, only that I am in Pune.
Each GEC1 and GEC2 houses a library. I personally like the library of GEC2 – It looks like made of wood and the design is simply marvellous. The number of books that these libraries hold is also huge.
I hated the fact that there were more lady-bird cycles than the Hercules ones. But there were a lot of those. They were used to commute inside the campus and anyone in the campus could use one of this. Riding a cycle at night in the campus is an experience in itself.
Trees-Greenery and Greenery:
No matter wherever you are in the campus you will find grass, tress everywhere. Although we were not allowed to walk on the grass, it made our stay in Mysore more joyful and energetic.
All of the above mentioned maintained in top-notch quality. As per the cleanliness goes I haven’t found a place cleaner than the Mysore campus anywhere in India yet.
And as one of out visiting trainer rightly said – “Infosys, Mysore campus is a city in Itself”
PS.: To be writing about Mysore, I can go pages and pages but just decided to put a brief summary of all the things in there. Any corrections are welcome, as it’s been 1.5 years now I have been away from Mysore.