Bhopal was originally known as Bhojpal, founded by King Bhoj of Paramara dynasty in 11th century. King Bhoj constructed a dam (pal) at that time, hence the name Bhojpal. Later in 18th century, Bhojpal was developed into the city of Bhopal by an Afghan soldier Dost Mohammed Khan, after the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is now a highly industrialised city with modern roads, luxurious condominiums, shopping malls, and skyscrapers. However, the northern part of the city, with crowded street markets and mosques, is still reminiscent of its rich heritage. The city houses many institutes of national importance, including AIIMS Bhopal, National Law Institute University (NLIU), and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.
Bhopal has made it to the list of the first 20 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission project. According to a recent survey by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Bhopal is the third-best city in India, in terms of civic systems. It is hardly surprising that the city has recently emerged as the go-to destination for job seekers in India.
Job OpportunityThe state of Madhya Pradesh is likely to create around 11 lakh new jobs by 2020, according to a recent ASSOCHAM report submitted to the state government. Bhopal, being the capital of the state, could generate the maximum number of jobs during that period. Even today, there is ample employment opportunity in the city’s service sector, thanks to the presence of many administrative offices and government-run organisations. Some major names include Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI), and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA Bhopal). Job opportunities are also available in the city’s manufacturing, education, real estate, and IT sectors.
Key IndustriesThe 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, one of the worst industrial disasters in the world, had stalled the growth of the city for a long time. Thankfully, Bhopal has gradually overcome the challenge and its economy is now growing fast. The old city of Bhopal is one of the largest exporters of jewellery items, cotton products, medicines, and electrical goods in the state. It is also a centre for automobile garages, specialising in vehicle makeover, including modification and overhaul of SUVs, motorcycles, and cars. Some other small industries prominent in the city include handicrafts, matches making, wax sealing, and cloth weaving.
ManufacturingBharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has manufacturing units in Bhopal, so does several other acclaimed organisations, including Procter & Gamble, Eicher, HEG, Crompton Greaves, and Larsen & Turbo. Most of these manufacturing units are located at the outskirts of the city in Mandideep. Total yearly exports from this industrial area alone are worth around Rs. 2,300 crore. The Govindpura industrial region in Bhopal houses several other small and medium industries as well. Quite evidently, the city’s manufacturing sector generates hundreds of jobs for engineers, supervisors, managers, and unskilled labours.
Information TechnologyBhopal’s IT sector holds a lot of promises for aspiring software developers, system analysts and computer engineers. The Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd. is developing an IT park in Bhopal. Many acclaimed technology companies, including Fujitsu and Taurus Microsystems, are likely to setup their units in this park. The state government has already allotted 25-acre land to the New York-based IT company Messrs Underhill Technology. All these could help create around 75 thousand Jobs in the city’s IT sector over the next few years; says a recent report.
Media and PublishingIndia’s largest newspaper network, D B Corp Ltd. is headquartered in Bhopal. The agency, popularly known as Dainik Bhaskar Group, publishes the popular daily Dainik Bhaskar in four Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi. The group publishes books as well in different languages. Bhopal is also home to Manjul Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., another famous publishing house that rose to popularity with the translation of Harry Potter novels in Hindi.
The tourism, real estate, and education sectors generate hundreds of jobs as well. If you are looking for a job in the above industries, be sure to keep yourself updated about new and upcoming jobs in Bhopal.