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ACM India Council Members

Two-year term (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016):
  • President - Srinivas Padmanabhuni (Infosys, Bangalore)
  • Vice President - Madhavan Mukund (Chennai Mathematical Institute)
  • Secretary - Mangala Gowri Nanda (IBM India Research Lab, Delhi)
  • Treasurer - Mukesh Mohania (IBM India Research Lab, New Delhi)
Members-at-Large (Four-year term, 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018):
  • Supratik Chakraborty (IIT Bombay)
  • Hemangee Kapoor (IIT Guwahati)
  • Rashmi Mohan (Yahoo! India, Bangalore)
  • Sukumar Nandi (IIT Guwahati)
  • V. Krishna Nandivada (IIT Madras)
  • Ganesan Ramalingam (Microsoft Research India, Bangalore)
  • Gautam Shroff (TCS, Delhi)

Past President - PJ Narayanan (IIIT Hyderabad)

ACM-W India Chair - Sheila Anand (Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai)

Council Members' Information

Past Council Members

About the ACM India Council

The ACM India Council is an effort of ACM aimed at increasing the level and visibility of ACM activities across India. The ACM community in India is growing in membership, number of chapters, sponsored conferences and symposia.

The ACM India Council comprises a cross section of the computer science and information technology community committed to increasing the visibility and relevance of ACM in India. The council is focused on a wide range of ACM activities including:

  • serving as a professional network for individuals who are involved with the science and technology of computing
  • encouraging students to take an active interest in the emerging and exciting world of computing
  • facilitating the organization of high-quality ACM conferences in India
  • providing logistical support to grow more ACM professional and student chapters
  • enhancing access to the ACM Digital Library and publications for ACM members in India
  • increasing the participation of ACM members in India across all dimensions of ACM

There are an increasing number of ACM chapters across India. Each of these chapters has a series of technical events that will provide you with both interesting technical content and career networking opportunities.

ACM India is pleased to announce the winners of the ACM India Student Chapter Awards.

We invited nominations from ACM Student Chapters from India, for the best and runner-up ACM India student chapter award to be given at the ACM India Annual Event February 14-16, 2014.

The participating chapters sent a report with details of their activities:

  • Community Activities
  • Community Service
  • Website
  • Recruitment Program
  • Participation in ACM India Activities
  • Membership Numbers

ACM BITS Pilani Student Chapter has won the Best Chapter award.

ACM IIIT Bhubaneswar Student Chapter has won the runner-up award.



The ACM community in India is actively involved with a large number of conferences. Please see the Approved ACM Events in India listing page and the Annual ACM India Events page.

Travel Grants for Conferences

ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

For Conference Organizers

ACM and SIGs (Special Interest Groups) lend the name of the organization to conferences which are fully sponsored by other nonprofit incorporated organizations. Such cooperation is to be primarily for publicity and to encourage Association members to participate by contributing papers and attending technical sessions. Cooperation specifically excludes financial participation, responsibility, or liability on the part of ACM. Please see for more information on how to apply for such cooperation.
For detailed guidelines, please use this guidelines document.

Current news and updates about the ACM Community in India are available on the LinkedIn group ACM India.

ACM India Eminent Speaker Program

The ACM India Eminent Speaker Program (ESP) provides local ACM professional and student chapters in India with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators who will give talks on issues that are important to the computing community.

Below is a list of available speakers. Please visit the Guidelines for Speakers and Guidelines for Chapters pages for information on the procedure.

    Speaker / Affiliation / Title of Talks
  1. Aditya Abhyankar, Dean, University of Pune.
    Talk 1: Research—Why, How and When?
    Talk 2: Towards Kernel Development in Machine Learning
    Talk 3: Wavelets—Trends and Tides
  2. Arvind (Benny) Benegal, VP, Persistent Systems Ltd.
    Talk 1: Role of Security in Big Data Analytics
    Talk 2: How Secure are you from Insider Threats?
  3. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK"), Assistant Professor, IIIT Delhi.
    Talk 1: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)
    Talk 2: Designing Human-Centered Systems
  4. Y. Raghu Babu Reddy, Associate Professor, IIIT Hyderabad.
    Talk 1: Are You a Software Engineer? Or Is It Just Your Designation?
    Talk 2: Model Driven Development with UML 2.x: Challenges and Opportunities
    Talk 3: Success Factors for Websites: Usability and Credibility
  5. Sachin Lodha, Principal Scientist, TCS.
    Talk 1: Fun with Algorithms
    Talk 2: Privacy—Challenges and Opportunities
  6. Neeran M. Karnik, Product Development Architect, BMC Software.
    Talk 1: Hints for Computer System Design
    Talk 2: CricInfo—The Technology behind the Early Days of Cricket Coverage on the Internet
  7. Abhijat Vichare, Consultant.
    Talk 1: An Introduction to GCC Internals
    Talk 2: Alternate Models of Computation
    Talk 3: A Novel Way to Teach Operating Systems
    Talk 4: Mathematical Modeling in Computer Science
  8. Madhavan Mukund, Professor and Dean of Studies, Chennai Mathematical Institute
    Talk 1: Automata and Program Verification
    Talk 2: Concurrent Programming: Old Problems, New Challenges
  9. Santonu Sarkar, Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems, BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus
    Talk 1: Software Dependability for Next Gen Systems
    Talk 2: Software Engineering Challenges in Building HPC Applications
    Talk 3: Cloud Based Next Generation Service and Key Challenges
    Talk 4: Virtualized Environments—Benefits and Overheads
  10. Mukesh Mohania, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IBM Research–India
    Talk 1: Big Data Analytics for Personalized Education
    Talk 2: Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics: What Is New from DB Perspective?
    Talk 3: Analyzing Data and Content Together
  11. Arun Bahulkar, Chief Scientist, TCS Innovations Lab TRDDC, TCS Pune
    Talk 1: Perspectives on Modeling Software and Systems
  12. Vivek Kulkarni, Principal Architect, Persistent Systems Ltd.
    Talk 1: Theory of Computation
    Talk 2: Compiler Construction
  13. Navin Kabra, CTO,
    Talk 1: Which Programming Language Should You Learn and Why
    Talk 2: MS, MBA, or Job: Planning Your Career
    Talk 3: The Difference between Student Programmers and Professional Programmers
  14. Ankur Narang, Senior Research Scientist, IBM Research Labs, New Delhi
    Talk 1: Distributed Scheduling for Massively Parallel Systems
    Talk 2: Research Directions in Large Scale Inverse Problems
  15. Prasad M. Deshpande, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Unlocking the Power of Unstructured Data for Master Data Management
    Talk 2: Preventing Information Leakage from Unstructured Documents
  16. Sameep Mehta, Senior Researcher and Manager, Information and Analytics Department, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Introduction to Knowledge Graph Stores with Applications
    Talk 2: Data Fusion Enabled Contextual and Personalized Insight Mining
  17. Rajeev Gupta, Researcher, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Big Data, Metadata, and Beyond
    Talk 2: Continuous Query Processing: Concepts, Algorithms, and New Problems
  18. Ashish Sureka, Faculty Member, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D)
    Talk 1: Process Mining Software Repositories
    Talk 2: Mining Hate and Extremism Promoting Users, Videos and Communities on YouTube
  19. Ramasuri Narayanam, Research Scientist, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Social Network Analysis: From Classics to Recent Advances
    Talk 2: Games on Networks: Modeling, Algorithms, Computational Analysis, Applications
    Talk 3: Computational Analysis of Connectivity Games with Applications to Social Network Analysis
IRISS 2015: 9th Inter Research Institute Seminar in Computer Science (held along with ACM India Annual Event 2015), February 5, 2015, Goa ACM Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and Information Technology ACM Survey on PhD Production in Computer Science in India Report on the Faculty Summit on Research and Innovation, 2013
Travel Grants for Conferences

ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2014

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Note: Nominations for 2014 are now closed.

The Award

The ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation(s) in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. There will be one award in 2014. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash component of Rs 2,00,000. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared equally among the recipients. Please see the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page for current and past winners.


Each PhD granting institution based in India can normally nominate 1 student for the award. Institutions that produce more than 10 dissertations in relevant areas per year can nominate 2 students. Each dissertation nominated for the 2014 award must have been defended successfully between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.


Nominations must be received by September 12, 2014 to qualify for consideration of the 2014 award.

Publication and Copyrights

Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Each nomination must be accompanied by an assignment to ACM by the author of exclusive publication rights, as per ACM's copyright policies. Copyright will automatically revert to an author if her/his dissertation is not selected.

Nomination Procedure

Candidates must be nominated by the department from which the PhD was completed.

Each nomination must include:

  1. Nomination letter by thesis advisor. This letter must include:

    • The name, address, and phone number of the advisor,

    • The name, mailing address and email address of the candidate, and

    • A one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation.

  2. An endorsement letter by the department head or a suitable substitute.

  3. One copy of the thesis in electronic format

  4. A record of publications in conferences and journals of the work reported in the dissertation, along with their citations, if any.

  5. A copyright transfer form filled out and signed by the candidate. Please use the Journals form downloadable from for this purpose.


Supporting letters are helpful and a nomination can be supported by a maximum of five supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the work. Each supporting letter must include the name, contact information, and telephone number of the supporter.

Mode of submission: Nomination material must be submitted electronically (in PDF or Word format) by the thesis advisor (not by the student) to the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Coordinator at: Please write "ACM India Doctoral Dissertation submission for [replace-by-nominee-name]" in the subject line of the email. All nomination material for a nominee must be sent bundled as a zip file in one email. Supporting letters need not come directly from the supporters—all necessary material, including supporting letters, may by collected and submitted by the thesis advisor, bundled as a zip file in one email.

Selection Procedure

Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation. A committee of approximately ten eminent Computer Science researchers from across the world will perform an initial screening to generate a short list, followed by an in-depth evaluation to determine the winning dissertation.

For further queries on the ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, contact

Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee

ACM India is grateful to these 2014 Committee members for their service:

Chair: Anuj Dawar (University of Cambridge, UK)


  • Chandrajit Bajaj (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Krishnendu Chakrabarty (Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)
  • Subhasis Chaudhuri (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India)
  • Surajit Chaudhuri (Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA)
  • Anil Jain (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
  • Sanjay Jain (National University of Singapore)
  • Niraj Jha (Princeton University, NJ, USA)
  • S. Keshav (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada)
  • Manish Parashar (Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ)
  • Natarajan Shankar (SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA)

ACM-W India

ACM-W India seeks to take forward the task of the ACM community, but with a particular focus on the empowerment of women in computing in India.

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. ACM-W Student Chapters are created to help recruit and retain students in computing programs. Professional Chapter-sponsored activities educate women about careers in computing and provide networking opportunities.

ACM-W India aims to provide social and professional support for women in computing, and its proposed activities include:

  • Facilitate technical growth of women by organizing invited lectures, seminars, workshops and informal meetings
  • Provide a platform for the sharing of information, resources, ideas and experiences
  • Support women in their professional career growth and help them to face the challenges in their work environment
  • Encourage them to participate in computer-related studies and research
ACM-W India's goal would be to also promote computer literacy, particularly in rural India, with the objective of empowering underprivileged women and children, to enable them to be independent and self-reliant.

ACM-W India
Chair: Sheila Anand, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai
Vice Chair: Jayanthi Sivaswamy, International Institute for Information Technology, Hyderabad
Secretary: Maneesha V. Ramesh, Amrita University, Kerala
Treasurer: Ranjani Parthasarathi, Anna University, Chennai
Sangeeta Bhattacharya, Intel Labs, Bangalore
Gnanapriya C, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore
Lipika Dey, Tata Consultancy Services, Delhi
Vasundhara Puttagunta, Google, Hyderabad
Gayathri S Raghavan, IBM India - Global Business Services, Chennai
Urvashi Rathod, Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Pune

ACM-W India news and activities


Institutional Sponsors

New members from India can join ACM by paying their dues in Indian rupees.

Membership Types: There are two modes of registration: Online or Offline.

Joining ACM Online

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Advanced Member Grades

The ACM India Council is encouraging all eligible ACM members in India to consider applying for advanced member status within ACM. ACM advanced member grades require varying degrees of experience and accomplishment.

For more information on how to nominate someone for these grades, click on these links:

Fellow nominations

Distinguished member nominations

Senior member nominations

Follow the links below for a list of Indians holding advanced ACM member grades:

Indian ACM Fellows

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