Padma Shree Dr. T. Hanuman Chowdhary
Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary is Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, who had contributed the most to the telecom revolution and IT development in country. Founder of the Center for Telecommunications Management and Studies (CTMS), Dr Chowdary, popularly known as T H Chowdhary, currently serves as non-executive independent director of the company.
He was the founding CMD of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), Advisor to TCS and IT advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He is Chairman of Pragna Bharthi of Andhra Pradesh. Dr Chowdary founded the Centre for Telecommunications Management and Studies in 1989, as a not-for-profit-society to wage the intellectual campaign for demonopolisation of and competition in Indian telecoms. He wrote the draft National Telecom Policy, in 1989, which has become the basis for the final TRAI Act. He is also considered as the spiritual father of all the private sector telecom companies in India and a Member of the Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Information Technology.