|former Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations|
Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent over four decades in Information and Communications Technology and related human and national developments initiatives.
Credited with having laid the foundation of India´s technology and telecommunications revolution in the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide.
During his tenure as Adviser to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s Mr. Pitroda headed six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first chairman of India´s Telecom Commission. In these roles, he helped revolutionise India´s development policies and philosophies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.
Mr. Pitroda was Chairman of India's National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), an advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, set up to provide a blueprint for reform of the knowledge related institutions and infrastructure in the country. The Commission has offered a series of recommendations on various aspects of the knowledge paradigm to help India meet the challenges of the 21st century.
As former Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations he has undertaken the ambitious task of providing a plan for creating digital infrastructure in the country for enhancing governance and improving delivery of public services. He is also working with the Law Ministry and other stakeholders for enhancing the use of ICT in Justice for improving delivery of justice. Mr. Pitroda is also the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. He has also been appointed one of the founding Commissioners of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He is also part of an Empowered Committee on the promotion of semiconductor wafer fabrication manufacturing units in India constituted by Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He also headed the Expert Group on the Modernisation of Railways which submitted its report in 2012. He was appointed as chairman of an Expert Committee set up to review the functioning of Prasar Bharati by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He holds close to 100 worldwide patents and has published and lectured widely in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Mr. Sam Pitroda on Indian Innovations