Leadership Roles: National and International

International Level

  • Member-at-Large, IEEE SA Board of Governors, 2022

  • Member, 6G Advisory Group of European Union B5G Flagship Consortium Project, 2021-

  • Vice Chairman, 3GPP Program Coordination Group (PCG), 2016-2017

    I was elected as Vice Chairman of 3GPP PCG in its meeting held in London in October 2016 for a period of one year. 3GPP is a global body comprising of telecom standards bodies of US, Europe, China, India, South Korea.

  • Chair, Global Standards Collaboration (GSC)-20 and 3GPP (OP)

    As the Chair of 20th meeting of Global Standards Collaboration (GSC), a body comprising all telecom and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) SDOs of the world and also as the Chair 3GPP (Organizational Partners), I played a critical role in hosting the meetings of GSC, 3GPP (program coordination group) and 3GPP (organizational partners) in April 2016.

National Level

  • Chairman, Technical Experts Committee, Indian Microprocessor based System on Chips (SoCs) for Defence and Civil Applications, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, 2022

  • Member, High Level Committee for funding R&D and commercialization of technologies, Department of Telecom, Government of India, 2022

  • Member, Advisory Committee (Chaired by MoS (PP)) for formulating roadmap for ‘Governance Sector’ for Vision India@2047, 2022

  • Chairman, 6G Spectrum Policy Task Force, 2021-22

    The Spectrum Policy Task Force on 6G has been setup to identify candidate spectrum bands for 6G and to identify co-existence and dynamic spectrum sharing studies. The task force will work on all issues related to spectrum for 6G.

  • Member, 6G Technology Innovation Group, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications, 2021

  • National Coordinator- IMPRINT, March 2020-22

  • Member, Standing Committee on ICT for Central Vista Buildings and New Parliament Building, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Delhi, 2021-23

  • Member, NETF Implementation Task Force (chaired by SD Shibulal), August 2021- and Chair, NETF Implementation Working Group on Principles

  • Member, Technology Advisory Group, Empowered Technology Group Chaired by Principal Scientific Advisor, 2021-22

  • Member, Consultation Group on the Science, Technology and Innovation Sector, NITI Aayog, 2021

  • Member, Working Group on Spectrum (constituted through Cabinet notification), Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC), Department of Telecom, 2015-21

  • Member, BSNL 4G Tender Committee, June 2020

    I was member of the committee formed by the Ministry of Communications on the recommendations of Empowered Technology Group of PMO to examine the technical specifications of 4G tender for BSNL network and to recommend core domestic network components that can be deployed in the network. Final report was submitted in September 2020.

  • Chairman, Defence Standards Development Authority, Ministry of Defence, March 2019

    The Ministry of Defence has setup Defence Standards Development Authority (SDA) in March 2019. The body will be responsible to develop/prepare/adapt standards for critical/emergency which has defence/strategic sector applicability and which are critical for self reliance.

  • Chairman, Committee on Experimental Spectrum for 5G and other trials, Ministry of Communications, February 2019

    The Ministry of Communications setup the committee to give recommendations on size, scope and quantum of spectrum for experimental spectrum license for 5G and other technology trials.

  • Chairman, Committee for preparing Roadmap for development of Indigenous SDR Ecosystem, Ministry of Defence, 2018

  • Chairman, Spectrum Policy Task Force, High Level Forum for 5G India 2020, Ministry of Communications, 2017

    The 5G High level forum was set up to draft roadmap and action plan for 5G India 2020. As Chairman, Spectrum Policy Task Force, we developed spectrum policy guidelines for spectrum for 5G in India.

  • Chairman (Oct 2016-Oct 2018), Vice Chairman (Oct 2014-Sept 2016) and Director General (Nov 2015-February 2017), Telecom Standards Development Society India (TSDSI)

    I played a leadership role in nation-wide effort for setting up India's telecom standards development organization (SDO) with participation of all stakeholders-telecom operators, equipment vendors, academia and research labs. India, despite being the second largest telecom market in the world, did not have any Standards Development Organization. Our sustained efforts since 2010 resulted in the creation of TSDSI in India in January 2014. As the first Vice-Chairman, (and Chairman since Oct 2016) TSDSI Governing Council and Director General in my honorary capacity, I played a critical advisory role in the conceptualization and establishment of new technical standards work programmes within the TSDSI. In December 2014, TSDSI was inducted as one of the Organizational Partners of 3GPP, a body that drives next generation wireless standards.

  • Consultant, Bharatnet Design and Implementation and Member, Technical Standing Committee, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications, 2016-18

    I acted as a consultant to provide technical expertise in the design and implementation of pan-India rural broadband network-Bharatnet. I also contributed to drafting technical specifications and recommending technical choices.

  • Coordinator, National Centre for Excellence in Technologies for Internal Security (NCETIS)

    I spearheaded an effort along with colleagues from IIT Bombay in setting up a Homeland security center. The center is expected to address the technology innovations gap for internal security requirements specially for state and central police forces of our country. I coordinated the effort for preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR). The same was approved by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Govt of India and the center has begun its operations since October 2015.

  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) since April 2013

    As Member, TAC of SEBI, I am contributing in framing appropriate policies in light of various technological advances including algorithmic trading, co-location, disaster recovery plan, system audit and security framework. I also led a team which conducted confidential investigation of complaint against a stock exchange on co-located brokers.

  • Member, Justice Patil Committee for the formulation of “Spectrum Act”, June 2011

    The committee was chaired by Retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Shivraj V. Patil. I contributed to writing a draft of National Radio Spectrum Management Act to replace Indian Wireless Telegraphy act 1933.

  • Member, Working Group on Telecom for 12th Five year Plan of India, 2011, Planning Commission, Govt of India

    As Member of the Working Group for 12th 5 year plan, I contributed to several drafts of sub-groups created under this working group on Telecom R&D, IPR and manufacturing, spectrum and licensing, and broadband.

National Level Committees

  • Member, Committee on Procurement of Technical Analysis Software/Automated Spectrum Management Software, Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, Department of Telecom, November 2021

  • Member, Committee for setting up National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), January 2021

  • Member, Standing Committee on Spectrum Policy for 5G India, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications, 2018

  • Member, Oversight Committee for 5G India, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications, 2018

  • Chairman, Working Group Expert Committee on IoT Camera, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), 2017

  • Member, National Task Force of Technology in Policing, Ministry of Home Affairs, 2016

  • Member, Expert Group on usage of TV White Space Technology, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), 2015-16

  • Chairman sub-group on Telecom R&D Fund setup by Department of Telecom. (drafted the entire report on TRDF. Report submitted in March 2013)

  • Member, Expert Group on Creation of Telecom Entrepreneurship Development, Telecom R&D and Telecom Manufacturing Promotion Fund by Department of Telecom during 12th Five Year Plan, December 2012

  • Member, Working Group for Development of Innovation and IP in ESDM sector, DeitY, GoI, 2012