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About Me


I am a technocrat, presently serving in the information technology department of the Government. I also hold honorary positions at the CXO level in some firms in the emerging technologies.

Educational qualifications.

I hold a Ph.D in the economics area from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Indian Institute of Management Indore. I teach in the economics and information technology area in the leading management schools in India and a few universities abroad. I also published research articles in leading international and national journals in the areas of economics, e-Government, information technology, and poverty economics. 

Research and teaching interests. 

I am focused on research in microeconomics, econometrics, information technology and its relation to economic development, and emerging technologies. I code in high level languages like R and python for applications in artificial intelligence in the areas of regression, genetic algorithms, and natural language processing. I have teaching proficiency in C / C++, Java, Python, R, and relational databases like MySQL, and PostgreSQL.


I am an active runner and swimmer. I swim daily, and have swam in swimming holes in Joensuu, Finland in the month of March ("Ice swimming").

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The citizen-oriented electronic services delivery project implemented by the office of ESD-Meeseva is one of the prestigious and successful e-Government initiatives in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The project is implemented by the government while the operations and maintenance of the service centers in the state are outsourced to the private sector.


Government Electronic Services Delivery and the Digital Divide: The Case of Andhra Pradesh, India

Despite garnering worldwide appreciation for her contribution to information technology services, India has to contend with serious issues relating to the digital divide. Beginning with a study of the various dimensions relating to the digital divide conceptually, the role of government services delivery in electronic form and its interactions with the digital divide are examined with reference to the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.


Connecting the unconnected: innovations in mobile government in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh S

Mobile penetration in the hinterland of many developing economies, including India, has helped in digital inclusion of the weaker sections of the society. In this study, an innovation in mobile government - the digital gram pratinidhi (DGP) or the village digital representative - is described where electronic public services are made available to the unconnected rural population in the geographically remote districts of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) through a tablet device.


Joint forest management in India – an assessment

Joint forest management (JFM) in India has been instrumental in changing the socioeconomic lives of forest dependent communities (FDCs) from being forest-centered to one based on the money economy. JFM has resulted in the elite capture of forest resources, and enabled regeneration of degraded forests though the evidence on the quality of regeneration is mixed.


IT-driven initiatives in Land Records Administration: Perspectives from Andhra Pradesh

The state of Andhra Pradesh has adopted information technology to minimize the the problems of the common man in acquiring certificates of private-land ownership. The journey of this adoption of IT processes to land ownership issues is examined in this study.


Is information technology education industry-relevant and gender-inclusive?

Industry reports show that fresh engineering and non-engineering graduates from Indian universities are not readily employable. The Government-owned Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy (APITA) seeks to equip graduates from the state’s degree and engineering colleges with industry-relevant skill sets for gainful employment. This study describes the activities of APITA and empirically examines two research questions.



Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology

I design, implement, and communicate the Government polices in information technology, electronics, and communications to stakeholders that include public functionaries, the Chief Minster's office, ministers and other elected representatives, and other Government officials. I hold additional responsibility of Director General, International Institute of Digital Technologies, Tirupati, India (see https://iidt.edu.in/), where I teach courses in emerging technologies in the post graduate programs.

Company: Government of India

I worked there from 6/2019 until now

Director, Electronic Services, Delivery

I implemented the citizen e-services portal (also called the MeeSeva) on the .NET framework, in the public private partnership model. See https://ap.meeseva.gov.in/DeptPortal/UserInterface/LoginForm.aspx

Company: Department of Information Technology, Government of India

I worked there from 2/2015 until 9/2020

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