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Dr.Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala is Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and was department Chair till recently. He received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, in 1975, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine, USA in 1977 and 1979, respectively. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras.

Dr.Jhunjhunwala leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras. This group is closely working with industry in the development of number of Telecommunications and Computer Network Systems. TeNeT group has incubated a number of R&D companies which work in partnership with TeNeT group to develop world class technologies. The products include corDECT Wireless in Local Loop system, Fibre Access Network, DSL Systems, Rural ATM [Approximately costing around Rs 40,000)and remote medical diagnostic Kit. The group has recently incubated a company, which aims to install and operate telephone and Internet in every village in India.  

Dr.Jhunjhunwala has been awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002. He has been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998 and has received Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997. He has also received Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000 and Dr. P.Sheel Memorial Lecture Award of the Academy for the year 2001 by National Academy of Sciences, India. He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Science and a Governor of International Council for Computer Communications (ICCC).

Dr.jhunjhunwala is a Board member of several Telecom and IT companies in India, including BSNL, VSNL, Polaris, Sasken, Tejas and HTL. He is on the board of several R&D and educational institutions. He is on several government bodies formulating and driving policies in the area of Telecom and Human Resource Development.

For more details, please refer to the URL: http://www.tenet.res.in

Press Report
  Fortune Magazine Article, referring to       TeNeT
  Ashok Jhunjhunwala gets IIT
        Kanpur's Distinguished
        Alumnus award

  Professor wireless
  Some thoughts about Jhunjhunwala


Contact : ashok@tenet.res.in

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