Satish Babu takes over as CSI President, first from Kerala

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Tvm: Well-known IT professional, entrepreneur and FOSS advocate from Thiruvananthapuram, Satish Babu, has taken over as the President of the Computer Society of India (CSI) in a function held at the Mumbai Headquarters of CSI on April 2, 2012. Satish, who had been previously elected the Vice President and President-elect, is the first person from Kerala to hold this post. He is the Director of the Technopark, Trivandrum based International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS).

Founded in 1965, CSI has a current membership of over 90,000, spread across the country in its chapters and student branches. The main objectives of CSI are to promote exchange of information between IT specialists and the public, to assist professionals maintain competence as well as professional ethics, to foster a sense of partnership among IT professionals, and to encourage socially relevant computing applications.

In a release, Satish Babu said, “As an eminent institution in a strategically important sector, CSI needs to further support nation-building through leveraging its strengths in areas such as technical education, capacity enhancement, and social & development areas such as computing for the disabled and disaster management. For this, CSI needs to harmoniously interface with other key stakeholders such as the government, civil society organizations, IT industry and academia.”

He will also represent India in the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), the apex organization of national societies in IT. Established by the auspices of UNESCO in 1960, IFIP has over 50 national societies and academies of science as members.

Satish will also be taking over as the President of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC). Founded in 1978, SEARCC is a regional forum of national IT professional societies in the Asia Pacific region.

He has been the Chair of CSI’s Special Interest Group on FOSS (SIG-FOSS) since its inception in 2008. He also holds several Indian and international positions in IEEE, the world’s largest technical society. Besides being the Chair of IEEE Kerala Section, he holds Asia-Pacific and Global positions in IEEE Computer Society, including as one of the six members of its global Nominations Committee. He is the Vice President (Technical Activities) of IEEE India Council.

Satish has been based at Technopark for over 12 years, where he was earlier the President and co-founder of InApp Infotech, a CMMI Level 5 IT services company with offices in the US, Japan and Europe.

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