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Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00PM IST (6:30AM GMT)
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, enters NRO NC of APNIC
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, Government of India, has won the recently held NRO NC-Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) elections at Brisbane Australia. The election was contested by 6 participants representing 5 countries, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. Dr. Kumar received 215 votes as against the second pitted candidate who received only 119 votes.
APNIC represents 56 economies in the Asia Pacific. APNIC is an open, membership-based, not-for-profit organization providing Internet addressing services to the Asia Pacific. Voting in an NRO NC election is open to all members as well as all attendees at the APNIC meeting at which the election is held.
The victory of Dr. Kumar will provide India a platform to India to influence policy with respect to issues relating to Internet governance globally, especially those relating to IP numbers. As an official of Government of India, Dr. Kumar will help bring public policy perspective to the discussions in the NRO NC. He will be able to effectively bring about the developing countries perspective to the discussions in APNIC and NRO NC.
About Dr. Ajay Kumar
Dr. Ajay Kumar currently heads the Internet Governance Division of Department of Electronics & IT and has held several senior level public positions for Government of India and Government of Kerala. In a career spanning three decades, has been actively working in the field of Information & Communication Technologies, Internet Governance and e-Governance for over a decade and a half.
He  represents India on the GAC of ICANN and has played a key role in the setting up of the Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers,  the National Internet Exchange of India (which manages the .IN registry) becoming a part of the ccNSO and making Government of India join Internet Society.  Also, he is the Member Convenor of the recently launched India Internet Governance Forum, which will be India’s premier Internet Governance event. 
Dr. Kumar is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded separate two fellowships in University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of several national and international awards in the area of IT, e-Governance and technology promotion and has also received awards from the President of India and Prime Minister of India. Dr. Kumar has over one dozen peer reviewed journal papers in international journals.

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