Voice&Data in association with Telecom Sector Skill Council is organising, Telecom Manthan 2018, an initiative for building quality telecom talent pool in the country to speed up PM Narendra Modi's dream of Digital India, Skill India and Make in India. Telecom Manthan 2018 is set to be a vibrant platform for debating, brainstorming, and networking of all ICT education and skill building stake holders including academia, training and assessment partners, policy makers, technology vendors, service providers, aspiring professionals and livelihood seekers, and HR leaders. The objective of Telecom Manthan 2018 is to raise and discuss the opportunities and challenges in the telecom sector and its impact on training and skill building. Availability of adequate and quality telecom talent will play an important role in the growth of Indian telecom infrastructure, and everything that will depend on it.

The year 2018 is a landmark year for the Indian Telecom Industry as there will be newer challenges and opportunities in the sector. At Telecom Manthan 2018 experts will gather to articulate their views and chart-out the way forward for the following

  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Emerging New Technologies & Business Models
  • The path forward in the telecom space for academia and students
  • Required skills for new job roles that are likely to emerge

We, solicit your presence and participation in Telecom Manthan 2018 to extract value and gain a competitive advantage.

Key Highlights

Meeting of
Telecom Ecosystem & Talent
Pool in India
1 Day
Forum & Recognitions
Telecom Decision Makers
Panel Discussions


Time Session
08:30 – 09:30 AM Welcome Tea & Registrations
09:30 – 09:45 AM Welcome Address
Pradeep Gupta, CMD, CyberMedia
09:45 – 10:00 AM Lamp Lightning
Session 1
10:00 – 12:00 AM

Leaders Speak:

10:00- 10:30 AM Inaugural address by the Chief Guest-
Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communication, Govt. of India*
Synergizing employment for skilled manpower for benefit of all.
10:30 - 10:40 AM N. Sivasailam, IAS Special Secretary, DoT
10:40 - 10:50 AM Rajesh Agrawal, IAS Joint Secretary MSDE
10:50 - 11:00 AM Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman Bharti Enterprises Ltd, President TSSC
11:00- 11:10 AM P Balaji, Director- Regulatory, External Affairs& CSR, Vodafone, Vice-President TSSC
11:10 - 11:20 AM Pankaj Mohindroo, National President, ICA, Secretary TSSC
11:20 - 11:30 AM Arvind Bali, CEO & Director, Videocon Telecom, Treasurer TSSC
11:30 - 11:40 AM SS Pabla, President BSDU
11:40 - 11:50 AM Manish Kumar, CEO NSDC
11:50 - 12:00 PM Lt. Gen Dr. SP Kochhar, CEO TSSC
12:00 – 12:30 PM Networking Tea Break
Session 2
12:30 – 13:30 PM EmergingBusiness Dynamics
With rapid transformation in the telecom sector due to greater data flow and smart city projects, businesses are changing, new business models and opportunities are emerging. There is a need to identify the opportunity and way ahead
  Keynote Address
12:30 – 12:40 PM Shyam Mardikar, CTO- Mobility Airtel
12:40 – 12:50 PM Josh Foulger, Country Head and MD, Foxconn International Holding, India

Industry Session

12:50 – 13:00 PM Shakti Kumar, National Head-NSDC PMU-AISECT
13:00 – 13:10 PM Deval Parikh, CEO & Director, Brightstar India
13:10 – 13:50 PM

Panel Discussion 2: The New Customer

With greater penetration of smart phones in semi- urban and rural areas, digital awareness and greater financial transactions being done on digitized mode,customer behaviour is changing and influencing business strategies and what new skills will be required to monetize opportunities
  Arpita Pal Agrawal, Telecom Professional: Moderator
Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Idea Cellular
Rajesh Toshniwal, CEO, Toshniwal Enterprises
Deval Parikh, CEO & Director, Brightstar India
Ajay Gupta, Head Strategy, India Ericsson
Ravi Shankar Rai, MD, Savitri Telecom
Session 3
13:50 – 15:00 PM Powering the Skill Ecosystem
Creating a powerful skill ecosystem for ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’ & 'Make in India'
  Keynote Address
13:50 – 14:00 PM M P Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE
14:00 – 14:40 PM Panel Discussion 3: A Win-Win for All
Catalysing skilled employment in Digital India with specific reference to contribution by Academia, Industry & Skill ecosystem
  Dr. S S Pabla, President BSDU- Moderator
Prof. K D S Bedi, Director principal, Chitkara University.
Dr. Kumkum Garg, Dean, Bharatiya Skill Development University, Jaipur
Amit Goyal, Business Head, HMD Global (India)
Ketan Kapoor, Founder & CEO, Mettl
14:40 – 14:55 PM Overview of TSSC Initiatives that support deliberations
Maj Gen Deepinder Singh, Director TSSC
14:55 – 15:00 PM Vote of Thanks, Ibrahim Ahmed, Group Editor, CyberMedia
15:00 PM Followed by Networking lunch
Note: Agenda is subject to change



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