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IAMAI Names Ajit Balakrishnan As Chairman Emeritus, Sanjeev Bikhchandani As Chairman

Ajit Balakrishnan, CMD of Rediff.com (NSDQ: REDF) has been named the Chairman Emeritus of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI); it’s a life-time appointment, and Balakrishnan will a head the Council of past Chairpersons of the IAMAI. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, MD and CEO of Info Edge (BOM: 532777) India has also been elected the Chairman of the IAMAI, and takes over from Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO of Consim Info (Bharatmatrimony). Sanjay Aggarwal, GM operations for IRCTC has been elected Vice Chairman, and Ratish Nair, Co-Founder of Interactive Avenues has been elected Treasurer. Dr. Subho Ray will continue as the Secretary and President of the association.

Bikhchandani has set following the agenda for this year:
1. Building bridges and partnerships with relevant government agencies
2. Broadband penetration
3. Better terms of business for online publishers and mobile content and services industry

Last year, the IAMAI had following agenda:
1. Making the IAMAI more representative
2. Lobbying with the government and other stakeholders
3. Institution of training programmes to encourage the younger generation to join this industry
4. Supporting new entrepreneurs

So what do you think:
— Did the IAMAI give support to new entrepreneurs?
— Has it become more representative of the Internet and Mobile industry?
— What do you think they need to do this fiscal?

4 Responses to “IAMAI Names Ajit Balakrishnan As Chairman Emeritus, Sanjeev Bikhchandani As Chairman”

  1. hearme

    this body should do something concrete that promoting oneself…this has become a platform for everone to use it as a publicity platform…

  2. Ananya Cooper

    Congratulations to Ajit & Sanjeev.

    Finally IAMAI has right people at the top to guide. The instituition exists from years, but far away from making its mark.

    Sanjeev should add following to IAMAI's agenda and have focus on::
    — Introducing internet and/or mobile internet to masses
    — Creating guidelines for privacy, security & safety on internet and its awareness
    — Reducing broadband prices in India (its too high!) (Look at mobile operators in India – how fast they prolifered by breaking the price barriers; there are PCs available at 10,000 and so are phones)
    — Lobbying with PC / Laptop manufacturers to ship PCs with Internet Connections; BSNL / MTNL needs to mass-distribute internet packs
    — Lobbying with Telecom Operators to reduce charges on data consumption via GPRS, Blackberrys. Make data free or charge it 1 paise per 100KB
    — Educating India's Judiciary system on Internet & Mobile
    — Work with Police Authorities on cyber crimes & offences
    — Not a single mobile service provider is part of IAMAI?
    — Lobby for equal revenue share between VAS companies and Telcos; Telcos should bring down their 70% share and pass on value to end consumers.

  3. Harish

    We just keep on hearing that they have agenda to support young entrepreneurs but the reality is something else. They are not willing to hear anyone as they don't want to support competitiion in the industry. They work for their own companies only and keep on preaching to do this and that.