About us


Shri Arvind Kumar(Director General, STPI and Chairman, STPINEXT)

Shri Arvind Kumar is the Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). Before joining STPI, he was working in Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) since 2004. As advisor in TRAI, he was responsible for formulating policies on broadband, data security & privacy issues, manufacturing, DTH, IPTV, TV broadcasting and OTT, after having worked since 1997 in the Indian Government run premier technology centre, C-DoT, in various capacities.

He also has worked with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as Rapporteur on the issues related to Migration to Next Generation Network (NGN) including OTT, cloud computing, security and privacy related issues. Shri Kumar holds an MTech degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India.

Dr. Sharad R. Gadakh(Vice Chancellor, Dr. PDKV, Akola, Co-Chairperson of Governing Council of CoE - FASAL)

Dr. Sharad Gadakh is the Vice Chancellor of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola which is a State Government Agricultural University in Maharashtra since September 2022. He has 40 years of service experience in teaching, research, extension, and seed production in Agricultural University. Before joining as Vice Chancellor in Dr. PDKV, He has worked for 39 years in Mahatma Phule Agricultural University on various positions. He served the post of Director of Research with Additional Charge of Director of Extension Education in the University. He has guided 15 and 10 PhD and MSc Agri.Students in the capacity of Chairman. He wrote 10 books published more than 80 research papers in journal of International repute and most importantly as Breeder he has given 21 new varieties for farmers includes sorghum crop and new crop varieties in vegetables. He has received many National and International Awards and visited so many countries like Mali, South Africa, Ethiopia, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland Taiwan etc. At Dr. PDKV ,many innovative initiatives have been undertaken in the University under the guidance of Dr. Sharad Gadakh , Various forums have been established to enhance the skill of the students. viz., Competitive forum, Hi-Tech Agriculture forum, Entrepreneurship Development Forum and Similarly 39 farmers scientists’ forums having 2500 farmers has been established in 11 districts of Vidarbha under University jurisdiction.

Dr. Devesh Tyagi (Senior Director, STPI and Managing Director, STPINEXT)

Dr. Devesh Tyagi is Senior Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). He has more than 26 years of experience in IT/ESDM sector. He has been actively involved in the profasal of IT/ESDM sector and also working for the profasal of entrepreneurship, innovation and product creation in the country. He has also been involved in various policy formations for IT/ESDM sector. Prior to joining STPI, he served National Informatics Centre (NIC) in various capacities. He has a wide range of experience in Project Management and Software development. He possesses strong technical capabilities and delivered lot of remarkable projects during this period. Shri Tyagi has earned his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Marathawada University and Masters Degree from BITS, Pilani.

Dr. Anand Deshpande (Chief Mentor of CoE -FASAL, Founder & CMD, Persistent Systems Pvt Ltd)

Dr. Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems and he is the driving force in growing Persistent Systems from its inception in 1990, to the publicly-traded global Company of today.

He is also Founding member of iSPIRT and Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Centre. Dr. Deshpande has served numerous positions at various professional and non-profit organizations viz. NASSCOM’s Executive Council, ACM, SEAP, Pune Chapter of CSI, CII’s Pune Zonal Council, and many more. Currently, he serves as a Trustee of the VLDB Endowment and Trustee of BAIF. He has established DeAsra Foundation, a non-profit entity which focuses on creating self-employment at scale.

Shri Ajay Prasad Shrivastava (Director, STPI Maharashtra & Goa and Director, STPINEXT and CEO, MOTION CoE & FASAL CoE, Pune)

Shri Ajay Prasad Shrivastava is Jurisdictional Director of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI-Maharashtra & Goa), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. He is responsible for promotion of Software Exports from these States along with implementation of various policies in IT/ITeS and ESDM sector, he is profoundly contributing for growth of High Speed Data Communication services, incubation services and setting up of Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) for new & emerging technologies. He possesses over 25 years of experience in STPI. Throughout, he was actively involved in advancing the IT/ESDM sectors across Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Haryana. During his tenure at Mohali, he spearheaded the establishment of one of the largest Incubation and Data Center Facilities, spanning 1.40 Lac square feet, known as the "Neuron" Center of Entrepreneurship in AI/Data Analytics, IoT, and AVG. This facility has 600 dedicated co-working seats, approximately thirty thousand square feet of warm shell space with specialized labs for AI/Data Analytics, IoT, and AVG, alongside access to technocrat mentorship, mentorship programs and VC funding. Furthermore, he was accountable for the construction and operation of a 200 Racks, Tier III Standard Data Center, catering to the needs of State Governments, Central Government and Corporates. His expertise encompasses IP Networking with Global routing, Network Security, Data Center management, Open-Source Product Development, Ubiquitous Computing, Virtualization, Containerization AI/ML Infrastructure and nurturing young entrepreneurs/startups in Information Technology.

Shri Subodh Sachan (Director, STPI-HQ and Director & Chief Innovation Officer, STPINEXT)

Shri Subodh Sachan, Director STPI Head Quarter and Director & Chief Innovation Officer of STPINEXT, is heading pan-India startup initiatives of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) including establishment of domain specific Centres of Entrepreneurship in emerging technologies like IoT, AI, BlockChain, AR/VR etc. An IIT Roorkee and IIM Bangalore alumnus, is a senior professional from the Industry who has joined STPI as Director after working in the Industry at Global level in various capacities. He has worked in diversified areas of the technology industry, a major portion of which is into telecom & related fields. In particular, he has been part of start-ups in leadership role, right from inception to successful listing of the company (IPO). On the other side of the industry spectrum, he has also been part of senior management in MNCs and global telecom behemoths like Motorola and Nokia. He has successfully headed the Bangalore chapter of IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).

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