Dr. S. Srikantan

Dr. S. Srikantan (6th September 1933 - 19th August 2006) -

Late Dr. Sivasubramanian Srikantan, Popularly known as Dr. S. Srikantan was an Indian scientist, research lead, former Managing Director – Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KEONICS), Chairman – Yokogawa Keonics Ltd, Director – Krone Communications Ltd, Managing Director – Andhra Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (APEDC), Head, Computer Group – Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), Group Leader – Babha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and Chairman – ASM Technologies Ltd. (1992-2006)

Dr. S. Srikantan played a key role in India's venture in the indigenous manufacture of computers and electronic devices. He worked closely with the likes of Dr. Homi Bhabha and Dr. A. S. Rao and was instrumental in developing India’s 1st Analog Computer and India’s 1st Digital Computer. Dr. S. Srikantan, later took a major role in the growth of electronics industries in Karnataka. And Dr. S. Srikantan is known as the main person to put Bangalore in the world map as an IT hub and electronic manufacturer.

Dr. S. Srikantan was son of T. Sivasubramanyam and was married to Nirmala Srikantan. The couple had two children, Rabindra Srikantan (Son) – a tech entrepreneur and Geetha Srikantan (Daughter) – a technology expert. Dr. S. Srikantan has two grand sons Nikhil Rabindra and Akhil Rabindra.

Education

Dr. S. Srikantan was born in the village of Kaveripattinam (Dharmapuri) around 100 Km away from Bangalore. Dr. S. Srikantan completed his schooling at the local government school in Kaveripattinam.

1950: Completed his Pre-University at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore.

1954 : Joined the College of Engineering, Guindy at Anna University, Chennai, where he completed his Electrical Engineering.

1962 : After successfully becoming an Electrical Engineer, Dr. S. Srikantan underwent training at the Atomic Energy Establishment training school in Mumbai, which was headed by Homi J. Bhabha.

1964 : Completed Ph.D. from Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA with the support from Government of India and encouragement from Dr. Homi J Bhabha.

Career

  • 1954 – 1955

    Electrical Engineer - Tamilnadu Electricity Board   

    Immediately after graduation, Dr. S. Srikantan, joined the Tamilnadu State Government owned Tamilnadu Electricity board as an Electrical Engineer where he served for a period of 1 year.

  • 1961 – 1969

    Scientist - Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC)  

    Dr. S. Srikantan, joined as a trainee at the Atomic Energy Establishment Training School, Bombay in the year 1957. He worked in Dr. A. S Rao’s team during that period. From there he joined the Atomic Energy Establishment (B.A.R.C) in 1958 as a junior scientific engineer. Eventually, he became a group leader and under his leadership, the first Analog computer was developed, for simulating Nuclear Reactor Dynamics.

    Dr. S. Srikantan in the year 1961 was promoted as a Scientific Officer and was sent to further his studies to the US with the guidance of Dr. Homi J Bhabha and support from the Government of India. He completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering and also completed his Ph.D. from Moore’s collage, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA in the year 1964. Dr. S. Srikantan, returned to India after his Ph.D. and led a team of fresh graduated engineers and scientists as a group leader, to work on TDC-12 (Trombay Digital Computer – 12) ‘The first Indian-built electronic digital computer’ commissioned by Vikram Sarabhai at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, between the year 1964 – 1968 and the computer was released on January 21, 1969.

  • 1969 - 1981

    Head Computer Group - Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)

    Dr. S. Srikantan was transferred to ECIL from BARC as a Scientific Officer to start the computer division of ECIL as the Head of the division. The main aim was self-reliance in the field of electronics and commercially exploit the designs of electronic equipment developed at Trombay. They started manufacturing digital computers for commercial use under his leadership. He was responsible for introducing a range of digital computers, starting from TDC-12 and eventually to the third generation computers, TDC-312, TDC-316 and TDC-332. He laid the foundation for ECIL as commercial venture which started as a R&D activity at BARC.

  • 1981-1983

    Managing Director – Andhra Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation Ltd

    Dr. S. Srikantan was appointed, as the Managing Director for the State owned Andhra Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation Ltd to development Electrical Components, Computers, Computer Peripherals, Telecommunication Equipment’s and Defense Electronics.

  • 1983- 1991

    Managing Director – Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KEONICS)

    Dr. S. Srikantan worked as a Managing Director from the year 1983 – 1992. This was the period that the electronic industry got a strong hold in Karnataka and contributed a major role for the country’s overall production and export. KEONICS played the major role in putting Karnataka in the world map for Electronics manufacturing and as the outsourcing capital of the world. Dr. S. Srikantan quoted “KEONICS is a catalyst and not a competitor” Under the leadership of Dr. S. Srikantan, KEONICS promoted the private sector electronic industries with the sole aim of developing the electronics industry

    Dr. S. Srikantan, made several collaborations with the other industries for joint ventures. Several job trainings were conducted, which also included Women’s only training on electronics production in Sirsi and Madikeri helping to create Women entrepreneurs in the electronic industry.

    • The significant mile stones achieved during Dr. S. Srikantan, tenure as Managing Director of KEONICS
    • 1981 - 1985: Establishment of the first Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in Electronic City. Establishment of Electronic City in Bangalore, which attracted companies like HP, Siemens, Wipro, Infosys, ITI, Motorola, TATA, NTTF etc.
    • Establishment of a TV manufacturing unit in Peenya Industrial estate, Bangalore.
    • 1986 - 1990: Establishment of a manufacturing division to manufacture wireless communication equipment in technical collaboration with Marconi Communications, UK.
    • Establishment of joint ventures with multinational companies like Yokogowa Blue Star, and Krone Communications.
    • 1991 - 1995: Marketing initiatives of telephone instruments, small exchanges, stabilizers, UPS, Fax Machines, EPABX Systems etc
    • Introduced training of technicians in servicing consumer electronic products.
  • 1987– 1992

    Chairman - Yokogawa Keonics Ltd  

  • 1991 – 1992

    Director - Krone Communications Ltd  

  • 1992– 2006

    Chairman - ASM Technologies Ltd  

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