4th International Conference on Life Skills & Livelihood Skills -
Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment.

16-17 November 2017, at Dr. MCR HRD Institute of Telangana, Hyderabad

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Richard-skills2017-Conference Dr. Richard Oliver is the founder & CEO of the American Sentinel University, Colorado, USA. Dr. Oliver holds a B.Sc. in economics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York. Dr. Oliver is the author of several popular books, book chapters and more than 50 academic and professional papers. He is a frequent speaker at the meets of business and professional groups. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Oliver had a 20-year career at Nortel Networks, where he was vice president of marketing. Dr. Oliver has served on seven corporate boards and was chairman of the board of directors of Symmetricom, a high-tech telecommunications company, from 1997 to 2004.

Ravi-skills2017-Conference Dr. Ravi Kumar Reddy is a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisory consultant for over two decades. He consults for many businesses, especially the small, medium and emerging enterprises. He is passionate about rural empowerment. Addressing various issues specific to the massive challenge in the area of skills development in India for rural empowerment, is another area Ravi has been actively working for the past few years. In December 2010, 2013 and 2015, Ravi Reddy co-organized international conferences on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills exploring skill development to empower rural sector. Recognizing his efforts towards rural empowerment, American Sentinel University, Denver, Colorado, USA awarded him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2015.

Kumar-skills2017-Conference Shailendra Kumar Hajela graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1957 from the erstwhile University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee) winning the Thomason Prize and the Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Project Design. Immediately on graduation he was appointed as Lecturer in Communications at the University of Roorkee and after a brief sojourn at teaching was sponsored under the German Govt. Fellowship programme for postgraduate research to Germany. He obtained his Dr. Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the Technical University of Ilmenau. Having successfully competed in the All India Engineering Services Examination 1957, he joined the Indian Telecom Service (ITS), Government of India after completing his doctorate.

During his career spanning over 33 years in the Department of Telecommunications, he was engaged in planning, provisioning, development of network infrastructure, project management, operation and management of services, holding positions of progressively increasing responsibility, viz. Asstt. Director (TRC); Chief Engineer (R&D) and General Manager at ITI Ltd. Bangalore and Naini Units; Dy. Director General (RD); Chief General Manager, Tamilnadu Telecom Circle; Sr. DDG of Telecom Engineering Centre, culminating with Advisor Technology at policy and decision making level in the Telecom Commission during the onset of liberalization of Economy and Telecom sector reform in India during 1991-92.

On deputation from the Government of India he served the International Telecommunication Union (a specialized UN Agency) (ITU) for over 10 years in two stints, first as Team Leader and Sr. Expert of the UNDP/ITU funded Telecom Maintenance and Management Project in Nepal (1983–88) and later on (1992-97) as the Area Representative for West & South Asia and Coordinator of the ITU/BDT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at Bangkok, the period marked by project activities on liberalization, corporatization and related policy and regulatory issues.

On retirement from ITU, he has been associated with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as honorary Sr. Consultant for over 8 years. He has undertaken major consultancy assignments in India and abroad with the Government, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP, UNDP, ITU and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity. He is a member of the Project Advisory Committee of Technology Systems Group, Ministry of Science & Technology, Chairman of the ITU-APT Foundation of India and Chairman of Telecel Communications (P) Ltd.

Dr. Hajela is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecom Engineers and Sr. Member of IEEE (USA). In recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions, the IIT-Roorkee conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2008.

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