R. Chandrashekhar

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