New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Abhay Karandikar as Secretary in the Department of Science and Technology (DST). According to an order issued from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post till the date of his attaining the age of 60 years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. Presently, he is serving as Director of IIT Kanpur.
Karandikar was appointed as Director of IIT Kanpur in 2018. He is an electrical engineer who is known for his contributions to the telecommunications sector of the country. His research interests include frugal 5G and rural broadband. He was one of the founding members and also served as chairman of the country’s telecom standards body calle Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI).
He is also working as a consultant for design and implementation of BharatNet, the Government’s project to create broadband connectivity to rural India. With better connectivity in the country, the government is also able to provide services such as tele-consultations from expert doctors at remote locations.
He has also worked with the high-performance computing group of the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), which is implementing the country’s National Supercomputing Mission that envisages a grid of over 70 supercomuters across India’s academic institutions. He has more than 20 patents to his credit.