Former telecom secretary Chandrashekhar becomes Nasscom president

NEW DELHI: Former telecom secretary R Chandrashekhar took over as Nasscom, a body representing the $108 billion Indian IT-BPM industry, president on 6 January.


He succeeds Som Mittal, who served as the president from 2007-13.


"I feel privileged and look forward to leading Nasscom in its next journey of achieving the vision and aspiration of $300 billion revenues by 2020. The opportunities are very vast at this particular juncture and exciting times lie ahead for the industry," Chandrashekhar, under whom a government IT department was set up for the first time, said.


He said the future looks positive for the Indian IT-BPM industry as the sector is evolving dramatically in terms of scale, complexity and innovation.


"Going forward, enabling radical transformation of key sectors in India through the use of ICT to increase access, enhance efficiency and enable innovation in the sector are going to be some of our priority focus areas,” he added. “The rapidly accelerating trend of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT sector impacts several domains and provides clear indicators that the journey has begun.”


He said the Indian IT-BPM industry, which is primarily export-driven, is at an inflexion point as business models shift from traditional labour-based onsite-offshore model to cloud-based and off premise solutions.


Chandrashekhar was the chairman of Telecom commission and secretary of the Department of Telecom till March, last year. He held a variety of key assignments with many of them relating to the ICT sector, both at the Centre as well as state level.

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