Ex-Telecom Secy Chandrashekhar Becomes Nasscom Chief

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 06, 2014


Former Telecom Secretary R. Chandrashekhar recently took over as President of Nasscom, a body representing the $108-billion Indian IT-BPM industry. He succeeds Som Mittal, who served as the President of Nasscom for seven years since 2007.

Chandrasekhar said in a statement that enabling transformation of key sectors including BFSI, telecom, healthcare, education and social entrepreneurship through the use of ICT to increase access, enhance efficiency and drive innovation would be his priority. “The trend of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT sector impacts several domains and provides indicators that the journey has begun. We will continue to leverage international and domestic expertise to catalyze innovation and transformation in the sector,” he said.

“The industry has transformed into strategic business partners from technology providers and returned to growth trajectory after going through turbulence during the last seven years,” Mittal mentioned asserting that the industry was at an inflexion point, as business models shift from traditional labor-based onsite-offshore model to cloud-based and off-premise solutions.

The IT-BPM sector had impacted the country through job creation, foreign exchange, exports and positioned India as global business destination, said Mittal adding that Nasscom has projected the industry to clock export revenues of $84-87 billion for 2013-14 as against $76 billion in 2012-13 and will continue to play a strategic role in the development and innovation of this industry.

Prior to being also Telecom Commission chairman, Chandrashekhar held key posts relating to the ICT sector in the central government and the Andhra Pradesh government. It was under him that a government IT department was set up for the first time. During his three-decade-long tenure in the government, Chandrashekhar framed and implemented policies, strategies and action plans to foster the growth of the IT industry covering infrastructure, e-governance and setting up public-private partnerships.

As telecom secretary, Chandrashekar dealt with spectrum management, national broadband plan, convergence, manufacturing, investment, security, research and development and the 2012 national telecom policy. He also formulated national policies for the IT sector, promoting electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM), R&D in electronics and designing the national e-governance plan.

A post-graduate from IIT-Bombay and an M.S. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University in the US, he was conferred the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in public administration in 2008.