R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, spoke at Manthan Samvaad 2015 on ‘Startup Revolution – India’s Silver Bullet?’. The talk was supported by a detailed and informative presentation.
R Chandrashekhar is the current president ofNASSCOM and former Secretary to theIndian Department of Information Technology, as well as former Secretary, Department of Telecommunications. He is also a member of the government’s technology advisory group, TAGUP. Chandrashekhar is an Indian Administrative Services officer. He has had a distinguished career in the Department of Information Technology, where he initiated the National e-Governance Programme. Chandrashekhar first initiated the three pillars of “e-Governance”, namely: Common Service Centre Programme; the State Data Centre Programme; and the State Wide Area Network Programme of India.
He is also a former Telecom Secretary of India, a position putting him in charge of the 2G spectrum auction in 2012. The auction had gained widespread attention after the Supreme Court quashed 2G licenses issued in 2008 and called for a fresh auction of the affected licenses.