Former Telecom Secretary RChandrashekhar, under whom a government IT department was setup for the first time, on Sunday took over as President of Nasscom-- a body representing the $108 billion Indian IT-BPMindustry.He succeeds Som Mittal, who served as the President ofNasscom from 2007-13.
"I feel privileged and look forward to leading Nasscom inits next journey of achieving the vision and aspiration of $300 billion revenues by 2020. The opportunities are very vastat this particular juncture and exciting times lie ahead forthe industry," Chandrashekhar said.
He said the future looks positive for the Indian IT-BPMindustry as the sector is evolving dramatically in terms ofscale, complexity and innovation.
"Going forward, enabling radical transformation of keysectors in India through the use of ICT to increase access,enhance efficiency and enable innovation in the sector aregoing to be some of our priority focus areas."The rapidly accelerating trend of innovation andentrepreneurship in the ICT sector impacts several domains andprovides clear indicators that the journey has begun,"Chandrashekhar said.
He added that changing models will bring compellingbusiness innovations across key verticals such as banking,financial services and insurance, telecom, healthcare,education and social entrepreneurship.He said the Indian IT-BPM industry, which is primarilyexport-driven, is at an inflexion point as business modelsshift from traditional labour-based onsite-offshore model tocloud-based and off-premise solutions.
Chandrashekhar was the Chairman, Telecom Commission andSecretary of the Department of Telecom till March last year.He held a variety of key assignments with many of themrelating to the ICT sector, both at the Centre as well asstate level.Earlier, he had established the first Department ofInformation Technology in the country in the state of AndhraPradesh and was Secretary of the Department from June, 1997 to
December, 1999.Besides the National Telecom Policy 2012, he played a keyrole the first National IT Policy and National Policy onElectronics during his dual role of IT and Telecom Secretaryat the centre.
A MSc graduate in Chemistry from IIT-Bombay,Chandrashekhar received a M S degree in Computer Science fromthe Pennsylvania State University, US.
Updated Date: Dec 21, 2014 01:32:12 IST