Pune, October 20, 2003
S. Ramakrishnan took charge as the Director General
of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)
recently from Shri. R.K. Arora, who has completed his deputed term of five
years at C-DAC. Shri. Ramakrishnan has been the Group Coordinator
for Convergence, Communication and Broadband technologies
in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) before
assuming charge as Executive Director C-DAC. He brings with
him vast experience of a number of prestigious assignments
as the National Y2K Coordinator during 1998-2000, Founder
Project Director of ERNET, Director of National Centre for
Software Technology and Head, Education, Research &
Technology and Founder Director of Media Lab Asia.
The appointment of
Shri. Ramakrishnan comes at a time when C-DAC has chalked
out a renewed R & D agenda in the light of the merger
of the three scientific societies of the Department of Information
Technology, namely NCST, ER&DCI and CEDTI,
Mohali with C-DAC.
of C-DAC soon after taking over, Shri. Ramakrishnan expressed
a keen desire to work with some of the best minds in R &
D in India and exhorted C-DACians to continue to strengthen
its Intellectual Property and strive to emerge as the premier
institution for focused R&D in emerging technologies.
'C-DAC in its unified framework with its core strengths
integrated should be recognized as an R & D institute
for developing tomorrow's computing technology' he added.
was Founder Project Director of ERNET, the National Academic
and Research Network, which brought Internet working into
the country during 1986-96 as a collaborative effort with
five IIT's, IISc, erstwhile NCST and DeitY. It is well known
that ERNET pioneered many milestones in the field of computer
networking. Over 800 institutions and 100,000 users were
connected by 1996 before the initiative led to a society,
ERNET India, in 1998 and was rated as one of the most successful
UNDP projects in the world.
He handled a variety
of development, coordination and promotional portfolios
in telecommunications during 1976-1985 in the Department
of Electronics. He was earlier a Design Engineer in Avionics
Design Bureau, Hyderabad, for three years.
A B.Tech and M. Tech
in Electronics from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
wherein he was a merit scholar and Siemens Prize winner,
Shri. Ramakrishnan later did a PGDBA from MDI. He has traveled
widely and has presented a number of papers. He is the Vice
President and Governor of the International Council for
Computer Communications (ICCC) registered in Washington
D.C., USA. He has also been a member of IETE, IEEE and Internet
Shri. R.K. Arora
has moved back to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology
and will now be spearheading R&D in Convergence in Telecommunication,
Internet and Broadband Technologies, as also Media lab Asia,
TDIL and other areas.
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