R. Chandrashekhar

  • R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of IT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology

    R. Chandrashekhar joined the Government of India is 1975 as a member of the Indian Administrative Service, the country’s premier civil service. Ever since, he has held a wide variety of key assignments, both in the Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.

    He established the first Department of Information Technology in the country and was Secretary of the department from June, 1997 to December, 1999. From July, 1996 as CMD of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and from June, 1997 as CMD, APIIC and concurrently Secretary, Department of Information Technology and Communications, he masterminded the conceptualization, planning and implementation of various key initiatives in the state in the field of Information Technology. The comprehensive program drawn up covered, inter alia, creation of requisite infrastructure (HITEC City, etc.), strategic human resources development initiatives (Indian Institute of Information Technology, etc.) and evolving a comprehensive policy framework for adoption of IT in governance. The framework that was evolved was widely regarded as path breaking and catapulted the State to the forefront of IT development in the country. It became a role model for most other states, which sent several teams to study the experience of AP and emulated the ideas and concepts pioneered in the State. The unique program that was evolved powered the IT revolution in the State, attracted global attention and was widely covered in the national and international media.

    He has a deep understanding of the issues and problems related to IT implementations in Government and experience in finding innovative solutions to such problems in field conditions. He has abundant experience in dealing with the working alongside highly reputed international consultants on major IT projects. He has been associated with a wide variety of organizations like UNESCAP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and events relating to all aspects of IT as a key resource person, speaker and consultant. He has wide and varied experience in international business negotiations.

    Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.




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