Ashok Jhunjhunwala

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Born (1953-06-22)22 June 1953
Kolkata, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Fields Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Institutions Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, TeNeT Group
Alma mater IIT Kanpur, University of Maine

Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras at Chennai, India and has served as the departmental chair.[1]

He leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras. This group is closely working with industry in the development of a number of Telecommunications and Computer Network Systems. TeNeT group has incubated a number of technology companies (like DesiCrew Solutions) which work in partnership with TeNeT group to develop Telecom Access products. The group has also incubated a company which aims to install and operate telephone and internet in every village in India.

He is a director on the board of State Bank of India. He is also a board member of several Telecom and IT companies in India, including Sasken, Tejas Networks and HTL, NRDC, and IDRBT. He is a former board member of VSNL & BSNL.

Early life[edit]

Ashok Jhunjhunwala was born in Kolkata on 22 June 1953 in a Marwari family. His grandfather was a Gandhian and a close associate of Vinoba Bhave and worked with Mahatma Gandhi.[2]

He received his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT Madras.[3]

Contributions in technology innovation[edit]

Ashok Jhunjhunwala had contributed in the field of technology and had been on various boards. He advises several technology companies and government agencies in India [4][5][6]

  • Founder of NMSWorks Software Private Limited and currently serves as its Advisor.[7]
  • Adviser at Uniphore Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Head of the Telecommunications and Computer Networks Group (TeNet) of IIT Madras.
  • Advisory of Phasorz Technologies Private Limited
  • Co-founded Novatium Solutions Private Limited.
  • Adviser to the Universal Service Fund
  • Independent Director of Intellect Design Arena Ltd.
  • Member of Governing Council of National Internet Exchange of India Ltd.
  • Member of Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Director of State Bank of India from 24 June 2008 to 23 June 2011.
  • Member of the Advisory Board / Governing Council on the Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Board of I-Tech (International Training and Education Centre on HIV, India), Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) and Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI).
  • Member of various government bodies and councils including the National Advisory Committee on Communications and Information Technology (NACCIT)- Ministry of Communications and IT, Engineering Sciences Research Committee-CSIR, National Advisory Committee- ISRO and the boards of VSNL and BSNL
  • Independent Director at Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., from 20 August 2002 to 9 September 2005.
  • Director of 3i Infotech Limited from 19 October 2006 to 15 September 2014.
  • Director of HTL Ltd.
  • Independent Director of Bharat Electronics Limited from 23 May 2006 to 22 May 2009.
  • Director of Shyam Telecom Limited until 27 April 2006.
  • Independent Director of Tata Communications Limited from 20 August 2002 to 9 September 2005.
  • Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Ramco Systems Limited
  • Advisory Board at The Energy and Resources Institute.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in the year 1997
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998
  • Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000
  • H. K. Firodia for "Excellence in Science & Technology" in the year 2002
  • Padma Shri in year 2002[8]
  • Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology in the year 2004
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA in the year 2006
  • IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by IBM in the year 2006
  • Bernard Low Humanitarian Award in the year 2009
  • Bharat Asmita Vigyaan-Tantragyaan Shresththa Award for the best use of Science & Technology through Innovation in the year 2010
  • Honorary Doctorates by the Institute of Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden in the year 2008 and University of Maine, USA in the year 2010
  • JC Bose Fellowship in the year 2010



  • Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, India since 1994
  • Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi since 1999
  • Fellow of The National Academy of Science, Allahabad since 1999
  • Governor, International Council for Computer Communication Inc., (ICCC), 1999–2005 [10]


  1. ^ "Jhunjhunwala,Valiathan win H.K. Firodia awards". Indiatimes. 29 September 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "The sky is his limit". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Ph.D.". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bloomberg News: Profile of Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Ph.D.". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "IITM Ashok Jhunjhunwala". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Biography Ashok Jhunjhunwala Tenet group". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Leadership NMSWORKS". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ashok Jhunjhunwala Biography IITM". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Indian National Science Academy". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

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