Shri R Chandrashekhar, Former Secretary, DOT, Meity joins TEMA as Chairman of TEMA Council on Digital Empowerment
New Delhi, 13th December 2020
In a constant endeavor to strengthen the voice of the telecom sector, TEMA has strived to bring together the best minds in the Country. The platform aims to provide the stakeholders to present their erudite views and share experiences, that will help shape the future course of telecom in India.
As part of this effort, TEMA is pleased to announce that Shri R Chandrashekhar, Former Secretary, Department of Telecommunication and Department of Electronics and IT is appointed as the first Chairman of TEMA Council on Digital Empowerment. He is also former President NASSCOM.
The TEMA board has approved his appointment. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for The Digital Future.
Shri Chandrashekhar on this occasion said “India is racing towards a digital future. There are many stakeholders involved – technology users, providers, entrepreneurs, Government, NGOs and researchers. I feel privileged to chair the Digital Empowerment Council of TEMA with so many illustrious members drawn from all these communities. I hope the Council will be an effective channel for industry and civil society to share their perspectives and suggestions on how to ensure that India’s digital future is inclusive and empowering for all.”
The TEMA Council on Digital Empowerment is a body inspired by the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi for a Digital India. He recently underlined the Government’s resolve to boost countrywide internet penetration via the wired broadband route.
Shri Ravi Sharma, Chairman TEMA welcoming Shri Chandrashakher said “The digital empowerment needs coordinated efforts for internet, mobile connectivity, Artificial Intelligence, M2M and financial arrangements. TEMA is committed to play a key role in fulfilling the vision of our Prime Minister. We are sure with a highly experienced, motivated and energetic personality like ShriChandrashekhar taking the lead; TEMA will bring enormous value addition and would aim for helping stakeholders to make India soon a Digitally empowered nation.”
Prof NK Goyal, Chairman Emeritus, TEMA said “Digital inclusion is the key to India’s economic growth. ShriChandrashekhar is the best mind to suggest. His experience in the Government and the private sector will provide a 360-degree view of the challenges and the way ahead. I am confident that his academic rigour and expertise in the sector will help in the development of cyber-safe digital payments.”
The Council will work with all stakeholders to ensure the internet connectivity is available to every Indian by any available technology. The association is focused on helping stakeholders with available technology, rather than waiting for the latest technology. This will help them adopt the latest technologies when available and not bogged down by tests and trials for the latest technology.
TEMA feels using available technology will help focus on digital payments, which is the immediate need to create a digital ecosystem. There is also an urgent need for a body to address the cyber risks associated with the same.
TEMA also seeks higher investment by Government in Digital Infrastructure, considering that the private sector has been struggling for funding and financing of the projects. Digital connectivity has gained prominence post-Covid 19 era as it is medium for on lone education, health, work from home and financial payments.
India has launched Digital India and committed to empowering every citizen digitally. The Digital Inclusion flagship program is Bharat Net 2020, where all 2.5 lakh village panchayats in the country are to be connected with high-speed broadband. There is a target of connecting all villages with optical fibre in the next 1000 days. The National Broadband Mission envisages broadband is to reach to all the villages by 2022.
The Government has already set a goal of providing high-speed fibre-based broadband connectivity to every village in the next three years.
TEMA – Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India is India’s first and oldest association in Indian Telecom Sector. Established in 1990, TEMA has always advocated and stressed the need for strengthening the domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment in India so as not only to become self-reliant but also export. Working closely with the government on growth and indigenization of the Electronics/Telecom Sector, TEMA is the first one in bringing focus on the associated security risks due to continuous dependence on imported network equipment and components for the telecom networks in India. To promote and develop the “Make in India” brand globally, TEMA also announced an international body CMAI for International cooperation and policy dialogue. With 48,500 members and MOUs with 74 International Organizations, CMAI is now the largest ICT association in Asia for global cooperation and policy dialogue not only in the sector of telecom but also in all associated sectors such as ICT, Education, Cyber Security, Skill development, Innovation and Start-Up ecosystem.
For any clarifications/information, please contact Ms Manisha Kumari, General Manager – TEMA, Mobile: 999 917 5001; email: email@example.com
Note to the Editor
Shri. R Chandrashekhar, is Former Secretary, Department of Telecommunication and Department of Electronics and IT. He is also former President NASSCOM. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for The Digital Future.
He held several key assignments relating to the ICT sector, both in the Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has extensive experience in formulating and implementing policies, strategies and action plan to foster the growth of the IT sector covering the entire enabling ecosystem including infrastructure, human resource development, e-governance and establishing Public-Private Partnerships.
Earlier, he established as Secretary, the first Department of Information Technology in the Country in Andhra Pradesh. The policies and strategies he formulated catapulted the state to the forefront of the country in the sector and became a role model for several states and countries. Shri. Chandrashekhar, M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and has an MS degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. He was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus award of IIT-Mumbai in 2010.