TSDSI fellows 2019

TSDSI completed five years of existence on 7th January 2019. As we look back on our brief history of five years, we see the vision, wisdom and tireless efforts of our members and patrons that went into shaping TSDSI and laying a strong foundation for Digital Communication Standardization framework in India.

To commemorate successful completion of 5 years, a TSDSI Roll of Honour was instituted to felicitate individuals who have contributed to the cause of TSDSI by providing outstanding organisational leadership, championing the cause of TSDSI and making outstanding technical contributions. A rigorous process of nominations by Members and selections by the Awards Jury was followed over a 3 month period. The final winners were awarded with a plaque and a certificate each, by Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Former Chairperson Digital Communications Commission (DCC) and Secretary DoT, in a glittering TSDSI Awards Ceremony, held in New Delhi on 14 October 2019, World Standards Day.

Ms Sundararajan congratulated TSDSI on its efforts to place India on the Global Telecom Standards development map, which is beginning to show results. She strongly urged startups and industry to invest resources and efforts in standardisation activity in the emerging ecosystem, increasingly being driven by Software based innovations.


Congratulations to the winners of the first <TSDSI Fellows awards>:

TSDSI Fellow – Technical Excellence

Awardee #1: Prof. Kiran Kuchi, IIT Hyderabad,

for his pioneering leadership at TSDSI and specifically for the Pi/2 BPSK and NB-IOT coverage enhancement contributions at 3GPP, thus establishing a firm global footprint for India as a technology innovator for 5G.

Awardee #2: Dr Radha Krishna Ganti, IIT Madras,

for “Leading the first ever technology contribution from TSDSI ‘LMLC for IMT2020’ and ‘TSDSI-RIT submission’ at ITU-R WP5D, heralding India’s arrival as a technology contributor to 5G.”

TSDSI Fellow – Organizational Leadership

Dr. Kumar N Sivarajan, Tejas Networks and the first Chairman of TSDSI

for “Providing strong leadership to TSDSI as its first Chairman and establishing a solid foundation for sustainable growth”.

TSDSI Champion

Award in this category was not conferred on the request from the Awardee.

The awards ceremony was followed by a Panel discussion on “Engaging Start-ups in Standards Development”, moderated by Mr Benoit Sauveroche, First Counselor, Delegation of the European Union to India.  The importance of standards in climbing up the value chain in today’s technology centric world, and the role of Govt. to foster an ecosystem for incubating, incentivising and funding engagement of Indian tech startups in research based standards development, in the Indian and more importantly, global standards arena was emphasised. TSDSI has very attractive membership terms for Startups and is developing a framework in partnership with the Govt. to support their “sustained participation” in global standards development.