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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Members,                                                                   1 January, 2016

Greetings!

You will be happy to note that CSI–2015, a Golden Jubilee
Convention of CSI concluded successfully on 5th December,
2015 at Delhi. The organizing team from CSI ExecCom
Prof. M. N. Hoda, Mr. R. K. Vyas, Mr. Shiv Kumar and
Dr. A. K. Saini with members of Delhi Chapter and NCR
chapters worked untiringly for organizing this mega event.
They need appreciation from all of us. Participants and
delegates witnessed the gala inauguration of Convention,
Awards ceremony and quality deliberations by distinguished
speakers, IT leaders and academicians. Various statutory
meetings of ExecCom, National Council, General Body,
Chapter OBs with Auditor, Regional, Division and SIG
conveners were held successfully during the convention.
CSI-Nihilant e-Governance Awards function witnessed
presence of many representatives from various states. It was
joyous moments for technical paper presenters during the
conference. I thank the management of Bhartiya Vidyapeeth
for providing venue, faculty and student volunteers.

In the inauguration function Chief Guest Shri R. S. Sharma,     A report of this event is published in this issue.
IAS, Chairman, TRAI talked about Digital Empowerment and        I had also an opportunity to visit the CSI Student Branch
various initiatives of Government of India. Guest of Honour     of NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, Udupi District,
and Hon. Fellow awardee Shri J. S. Deepak, IAS, Secretary,      Karnataka on 18th December 2015 during my NAAC visit.
DeitY, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of           Dr. Niranjan Chiplunkar, Principal and Prof. Sharada Shenoy,
India deliberated about initiatives of Government like Digital  CSI Student Branch Counselor are active in organizing
Services in all possible Indian languages, Government           technical events for the benefit of the student members.
websites in vernacular languages and Digital literacy.
Prof. S. V. Raghavan delivered his keynote address and          During recent visit to India, Mr. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, Chair, Programme Committee, CSI 2015        mentioned that two million Android Developers to be trained
talked about CSI 2015. The invitees and members witnessed       in three years. There will be big push to voice and text search
the Awards ceremony in which prestigious awards of              in Indian languages. He reported Hindi content search traffic
CSI : Honorary Fellow, Life Time Achievement Awards, Fellow     grew 84% in the latest quarter against 13% growth in English
Awards were given to distinguished members.                     language search. He also announced about new campus
                                                                of Google in Hyderabad and new hirings in Bangalore and
I visited CSI, Trivandrum Chapter on 9th December, 2015.        Hyderabad. This brings many opportunities for Indian IT
Shri Sreekanth P. Krishnan, Chairman and Managing               talent.
Committee members discussed various initiatives of
chapter for promoting CSI. I appreciate their efforts for       I wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year.
organizing various events for professionals and members
including partnering with Kerala State Government for           With best wishes,
Knowledge Sharing Summit 2015, hosted by Kerala State in
December, 2015. MC members gave few suggestions about
improving the visibility of CSI in Government, IT companies
and academic institutes.

I delivered a keynote address on ‘Digital India’ on 10th        Bipin V. Mehta
December, 2015 in the “Knowledge Sharing Summit 2015”
hosted by Kerala State jointly with Computer Society of India
at Thiruvananthapuram. The event was well attended by the
Government officials and members of CSI SIG for eGoverance.

Prof. Bipin Mehta, Director, School of Computer Studies, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, president@csi-india.org
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