Widely travelled and highly experienced, Lieutenant General Dr. S. P. Kochhar is a decorated military veteran and leader par excellence. He retired as the head of the ICT wing of the Indian Army where he was responsible for planning, executing and operating all Telecom and IT networks of the Army as well as keeping his team of 100,000 fully trained and skilled. Prior to that he was Additional Director General Personnel of the Indian Army, handling HR and Empowerment of the 11 lakh strong Army.
He has a rich academic experience having been a member on the Executive Council of National Board of Accrediation, Jamia Millia Islamia and on the Academic Council of IGNOU, Veltech and others. He was an Adjunct Professor with BITS Pilani and IGNOU for a number of years. He was a member of interviewing boards of UPSC for Civil Services and Engineering Services.
He has served / is serving as independent director on various Governmental and Organisational boards advising on future-proofing strategic initiatives and intrinsic risk mitigation. He was till recently the CEO of Telecom Sector Skill Council of India where he has brought in strategic partnerships with industry, universities and his skill council in accordance with his Collaborative, Inclusive and Adaptive model.
He understands the rural-urban divide, the international scenario for collaborations and brings forth sound business and technology solutions accordingly. His interests include using new-age technologies like Block Chain, IOT, Big Data, DSP, and Artificial Intelligence including AR and VR for proving optimum innovative solutions in the Indian context. He also has keen interests in 5G and its optimum utilization. A simple user interface, despite complexities backend, is his mantra.
He was the first CEO of Telecom Sector Skill council, a public-private partnership effectively collaborating with telecom majors like Airtel, Vodafone-idea, Reliance and a host of Universities and Colleges - thereby forwarding Indian Government’s agendas of Skill India and Digital Literacy and bringing livelihood to the citizen.