Sam Pitroda Interviews

Sam Pitroda Interviews: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations (PIII)

Sam Pitroda Interviews: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations (PIII)

As a highly renowned and respected policy maker, Sam Pitroda's association with India goes way back to the 1980s, when he was adviser to then Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi. He headed six technology missions at that time, and people remember him most for his efforts towards transforming the telecommunications landscape in India. He was later appointed Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission from 2005-2009. Currently, he is Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Expert Committee on the use of ICT in Railways and Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force under Ministry of Power, Government of India. In this interaction, he elaborates at length on India's growth potential, and the role that innovation is expected to play.

Returning back to higher growth rates

Returning back to higher growth rates
We are planning to invest around US$ 1 trillion in infrastructure in the 12th Five Year Plan. This, in itself, is going to fuel growth   Read More >>

Critical transformations post-liberalisation

Critical transformations post-liberalisation
In a short span of 20 years, we have grown from 2 million phones to over 900 million phones. In addition to this, we now generate around US$ 100 billion worth of software exports every year   Read More >>

Role of the knowledge network

Role of the knowledge network
We are building a massive network to connect 2,50,000 local governments through optical fibres. At the end of the day, internet brings new business models, new opportunities and new ways of doing things   Read More >>

Building an innovation infrastructure

Building an innovation infrastructure
We are going into industrial clusters and we are seeding innovations over there; linking CSIR laboratories, universities and others to bring innovations and innovative mind-sets to these clusters, where a number of SMEs work together   Read More >>

Affordability, scalability & sustainability

Affordability, scalability & sustainability
In our country, average revenue per user (ARPU) could be very low – around US$ 6 a line – and players can still be profitable   Read More >>

India promises attractive medium- and long-term growth prospects for several of our targeted industrial markets.

Mr Klaus Probst
President and CEO, Leoni AG

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