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
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.