Indian Telecommunication Service
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|Training Grounds||National Telecom Academy and Advance Level Telecommunication Training Centre
National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training
|Controlling Authority||Department of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India)|
|Legal Personality||Government Service|
|General Nature||Policy Formulation
|Association||Indian Telecom Service Association|
|Director General of Telecom||Vacant|
|Head of the Civil Services|
|Cabinet Secretary||Pradeep Kumar Sinha|
The Indian Telecommunications Service, widely known as ITS, and earlier known as 'Telegraph Engineering Service Class I'(TES Class I)is an organised civil service of Government of India. The appointment to this service is done through Combined Engineering Services exam held every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. ITS is a Group 'A' Central Civil Service(Gazetted) post of the Union of India. The service was created to meet the technical and managerial functions of the government in areas related to telecommunications.The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) had been run for years by this permanent cadre of technical civil servants called the Indian Telecom Service (ITS).
The officers of ITS are working in senior management and administrative positions in the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM Cells), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Unique Identification Authority of India (UID), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Metro Rail Corporations etc. At present, ITS officers are also working in many other central and state government assignments on deputation.
Recruitment and induction.
A competitive examination called combined engineering services examination is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the ITS. Recruitment to Group A and Group B Services/Posts are made under the following categories of Engineering:
- I. Civil Engineering
- II. Mechanical Engineering
- III. Electrical Engineering
- IV. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
Appointments to ITS are made in category IV, i.e., Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
After recruitment through Combined Engineering Services Examination, the officers undergo a two years course at National Telecommunication Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training(www.ntiprit.gov.in) at Ghaziabad.Department of Telecommunication has set up this new training centre named as "National Telecommunicatios Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training" at Ghaziabad for its officers belonging to technical cadre i.e. ITS and TES. Previously (prior to 2010 Batch) ITS officers used to be trained at Advanced level telecommunication training centre (ALTTC), Ghaziabad and Bharatratna Bhimrao Ambedkar institute of telecom training (BRBRAITT),Jabalpur for management and telecommunications engineering. The officers are also deputed for on job field training in various areas.The ITS officers were trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) until 1980.
Appointments and responsibilities
As in the other Central Services, the officers are liable to be transferred and posted in anywhere in India. The officers of ITS work in the DOT, TRAI, TDSAT, BSNL, MTNL,Ministry of Home Affairs,UID,Ministry of Power,Department of Pharmaceuticals, Department of Defence, National Highway Authority of India, RITES, IRCON,TCIL,UPSC,SSC and various other Ministries and Statutory bodies of India.
The following officers of ITS are currently working in high positions:
- Vacant, Member Services, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT
- Vacant, Member Technology, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT
- R.K.Mishra, Advisor, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT
- G.K.Upadhyay, Advisor, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT
- Anil Kaushal, Member, TRAI
- Sudhir Gupta, Secretary, TRAI
- A.K.Bhargava, Member, TDSAT
- Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL
- P.K Purwar, Chairman and Managing Director, MTNL
- N.K.Mehta, Director (EB), BSNL
- Sunder Singh Yadav, Chief Executive Officer, Gramin Vikas Trust
- Satish Tandon, Chief Vigilance Officer, IRCON
The designations and time-scales within the Indian Telecom Service are as follows after cadre restructure
|Position / Pay Grade in the Government of India||Level and Rank||Equivalent Position or Designation in the Administrative Service/ Police Service|
|1||Junior Time Scale||Assistant Divisional Engineer Telecom / Entry-level (Equivalent to Under Secretary Trainee)||Additional District Magistrate/Assistant Superintendent of Police|
|2||Senior Time Scale||Assistant Director General (Equivalent to) Under Secretary to Government of India||District Magistrate/ Superintendent of Police|
|3||Junior Administrative Grade||Director (Equivalent to) Deputy Secretary to Government of India||District Magistrate/Special Secretary/Senior Superintendent of Police|
|4||Selection Grade||Director (Equivalent to) Director to Government of India||Divisional Commissioner/Additional Secretary/Deputy Inspector General of Police|
|5||Senior Administrative Grade||Deputy Director General (Equivalent to) Joint Secretary to Government of India||Divisional Commissioner/ Secretary/Inspector General of Police|
|6||Higher Administrative Grade||Senior Deputy Director General (Equivalent to) Additional Secretary to Government of India||Principal Secretary/Additional Director General of Police|
|7||Higher Administrative Grade +||Advisor (Equivalent to) Additional Secretary to Government of India||Principal Secretary/ Director General of Police|
|8||Apex Scale||Director General of Telecom / Member (Equivalent to) Secretary to Government of India||Secretary to the Government of India|
Member (Services), Telecom Commission of India is cadre controlling authority of ITS, Group A. Member(Services)is ex officio Secretary to Government of India. R K Mishra is currently working as Member(Services), Department of Telecom, Government of India
Indian Telecom Service Association
The officers of ITS are represented by the Indian Telecom Service Association in different forums. P.K.Jain and A.K. Tripathi are currently President and General Secretary, respectively.
Many members of ITS are awarded by many national and international organisations for their significant contributions.Few of them are enlisted below,
Shri G.B. Meemasi was the first ITS to receive Padma Shri (1998) for his work in Electronic Switching in DOT. He was the founder Director of CDOT and father of RAX. Shri SM Agarwal(Secretary DOT) and Shri P.S. Saran(Member Services) were other subsequent recipients, from ITS.
Present strength of ITS is 1690. Many ITS officers will be retiring from government service shortly on attaining current superannuation age of 60 years. Year wise retirement position is given below,
|Year||Number of officers retiring|
- ITS Officers' Association Official Website
- ITS Officers' Portal
- ITSA Site
- UPSC Official Website
- National Telecom Academy Website
- Notification dated 29 May 1992 published in part II, section 3, sub-section (1) of the gazette of India, Government of India
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- Saxena, S.D. Chapter 4. Page 77. Connecting India. Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd,Delhi.2009
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- Indian bureaucracy at the crossroads, by Syamal Kumar Ray. Published by Sterling, 1979.
- Daily Indian Telecom Digest :http://www.newstelecom.info
- MB Athreya,January–February 1996,Chairman of the Telecom Restructuring Committee, Government of India (1990–91).'India's telecommunications policy:A paradigm shift' Telecommunications Policy Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 11–22
- 'DOT sets deadline for ITS officers' India Telecom,Vol.11,No.1,January 2005, page 3
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