Kiran Karnik

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Kiran Karnik
President NASSCOM
In office
Preceded byDewang Mehta
Succeeded bySom Mittal
Managing Director, Discovery Networks (India)
In office
Director, Consortium for Educational Communication
In office
Personal details
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 76)

Kiran Karnik is a prominent Indian administrator chiefly known for his work in the broadcasting and outsourcing industries. Presently he is also serving as a director in Central board of directors of Reserve Bank of India.[1] He is also the chairman, board of directors, of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D).[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kiran Karnik was born in 1947 in the Indian state of Maharashtra to Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu parents. He completed his BSc (Hons.) in Physics from erstwhile Royal Institute of Sciences, Bombay University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management,(Ahmedabad).[3]


Karnik's stints in broadcasting and outsourcing were at crucial points in the history of these two industries in India.


Karnik joined the Indian Space Research Organisation shortly after it was set up in 1969 and spent nearly 20 years in the organisation. He was part of the team that conceptualised the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment which won wide national and international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for rural Communication.[4] Mr. Karnik was Director of the ISRO's Development and Educational Communicational Unit from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Karnik left the ISRO and joined the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) as its first director in 1991. CEC was set up by the University Grants Commission to co-ordinate and oversee the functioning of media centres in the universities. In 1995, Mr. Karnik joined Discovery Networks as its managing director in India and oversaw the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995 followed by Animal Planet in 1999. He left the company in 2001.[5]


Karnik took up the position of President of NASSCOM in September 2001, after the sudden demise of its founder Dewang Mehta.[6] He made the organisation into the preeminent association for the outsourcing industry and a prominent lobbying group for the concerns of the industry abroad. He left the organisation in 2008.[7]

Subsequently, he was nominated by the government as Chairman of Satyam Computer Services heading a three-member board after the Government of India disbanded the Satyam board owing to severe irregularities and fraud in accounting.[8][9]

Other assignments[edit]

Karnik has been a member of many government committees, including the Prasar Bharati Review Committee, and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council.[10]

He is currently the Chairman of the National Committee on Telecom & Broadband at the Confederation of Indian Industry.[11] He is currently the Chairman of the 'Board of Governors' and member of the 'General Council' of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. He is also the Chairman of the Governing Body of HelpAge India, the leading non-profit organisation working for the Elderly across India.[12][13][14]

Awards and honours[edit]

Books and publications[edit]

Karnik has authored/edited a large number of publications, and lectures occasionally at major national institutes. He is the author of The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the IT Industry [HarperCollins, 2012]. He is a regular columnist with national newspapers, including the Economic Times.


  1. ^ "Reserve Bank of India, About Us". Reserve Bank of India. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D), About Us". Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D). Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Kiran Karnik bio" (PDF). Reserve Bank of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ "UNESCO-IPDC Prize:Previous Laureates". UNESCO. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Kiran Karnik to quit Discovery". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Kiran Karnik". NASSCOM. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Karnik to exit Nasscom". Economic Times. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Kiran Karnik being considered for Satyam Board". The Hindu. 10 January 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Karnik on board of another Raju firm". The Economic Times. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Kiran Karnik". National Innovation Council. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  11. ^ Singh, Shalini (16 October 2012). "NSA announces cyber security cooperation with private sector". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  12. ^ "HelpAge India first Indian institution to get UN Population award". The Indian Express. 11 December 2020.
  13. ^ "HelpAge India gets '2020 UN Population Award'". CNBC. 11 December 2020.
  14. ^ "HelpAge India appoints new CEO Rohit Prasad as Mathew Cherian, current CEO retires". Outlook India.
  15. ^ "Padma Shri Awards List 2007". Government of India. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  16. ^ Roy, Prasanto. "Book review: 'Decisive Decade' by Kiran Karnik". India Today.
  17. ^ DiCarlo, Lisa (19 December 2003). "Forbes Face of the Year 2003". Forbes. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal". Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2012.

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