Director, R & D, Silverline Technologies
Dr S Ramani has the Master of Technology and Ph.D. degrees from
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He worked as a Post-doctoral
Research Associate at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA,
He is a leading R & D specialist in IT in India, and is Director
(R & D) at Silverline Technologies Ltd. He served the first
Director of the National Centre for Software Technology, during
the period 1984-2000, after playing a key role in founding the institution.
During this period he had headed the Computer Networks and Real
Time Systems Division of the Centre. He has a keen professional
interest in computer and network security, and has done considerable
work in this area. Dr Ramani played a major role in planning and
creating India's Education and Research Network, now covering a
few hundred institutions. He played a pioneering role in Internet
technology, directing the team that set up the first Internet connection
in India in the eighties, and then built up a large leased line
network under ERNET. He has managed the Domain Registration Service
in India for over ten years. He has also played a major role in
the exploitation of VSAT Technology in India. He played the key
technical role in planning and specifying the VSAT network now serving
the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), encompassing over a thousand VSATs.
He was, again, the consultant to BSE in 1999, for planning their
WAN based on leased lines, and their big LAN. Earlier, he has consulted
for the Baroda Stock Exchange, helping them plan for, acquire and
commission their trading system.
Dr Ramani has played a major role in education in software technology
in India, creating a course leading to the Post-Graduate Diploma
in Software Technology, at the NCST, in the eighties. This course
has earned a very significant reputation over a decade and has served
as a model for a number of such courses being run all over India.
In 1999, he directed the effort that created another course at NCST,
leading to the Post-Graduate Diploma in Internet Technology.
His other roles include: Executive Vice President, International
Council for Computer Communication (ICCC) since Jan 97; Member of
the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet in India, during
1997-1999; National Technical Advisor to the Sustainable Network
project; President, Computer Society of India, during 96-98; President,
South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation during 97-98; IFIP
Trustee during 98-2000; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Information
Technology for Development, IOS Press, the Netherlands, during 1995-2000.
He has headed the Programme Strategic Planning Group of ICCC.
Dr Ramani served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Commonwealth
Network of Information Technology for Development, based in Malta,
during 1995-2000. He has served on the Board of Directors of ECIL
and CMC Ltd., and is currently on the Board of UTI Investor Services
Ltd. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of
the Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), and
Executive Committee of the Centre for Railway Information Systems.
He has served as a member of the Rangarajan Committee on Bank Computerization
and as Chairperson of its Working Group on Technology.
He has served as a Consultant to international organizations such
as the UN, UNDP and the World Bank. He served as a leading member
of the Panel of Experts on Information Technology for Development,
appointed by the United Nations; and made the presentation on findings
of the Panel to the Economic and Social Council of the UN in July
2000, along with a colleague. He has played a major role as a consultant
on computer networking and other information technology issues to
a number of companies and institutions. He has designed nationwide
WANs for a number of leading banks and stock exchanges in India.
He played a key role in the planning and design of the Wide Area
Networks of Union Bank of India, Dena Bank and the Allahabad Bank.
He played the leading role as a consultant, during 1997-1999, in
planning and creating the technical infrastructure for a major ISP
in India, MTNL. Apart from networking, he has extensive experience
as a consultant for computerization of banks, educational institutions