Satish Babu on Sunday took over as the president of the Computer Society of India (CSI), becoming the first Keralite to get to the top post.
Founded in 1965, CSI is committed to promoting the use of information technology in all domains of life besides promoting exchange of information between IT specialists and the public.
Mr Babu is currently the director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an autonomous institution of the Kerala government.
CSI currently has a membership of about 90,000 spread across the country.
"As an eminent institution in a strategically important sector, CSI needs to further support nation-building through leveraging its strengths in areas such as technical education, capacity enhancement and disaster management. For this, CSI needs to harmoniously interface with other key stakeholders such as the government, civil society organizations, IT industry and academia," said Mr Babu after taking over as the president.
Mr Babu will now be one of the representatives of India in the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), the apex organization of national societies in IT which was established under the auspices of Unesco in 1960.