Computer Society of India

Computer Society of India
Computer Society of India
Csi logo india.jpg
Established 1965
Type Professional Society
President Mr. M D Agrawal
Location Mumbai, India
Nickname CSI

The Computer Society of India is the first and the largest body of computer professionals in India. It was started on 6 March 1965 by a handful of computer professionals and has now grown to be the national body representing computer professionals. Its membership stands at more than 50,000 in more than 60 chapters throughout India.[citation needed].



The Computer Society of India is a non-Profit professional meet to exchange views and information learn and share ideas. The wide spectrum of members is committed to the advancement of the theory and practice of Computer Engineering and Technology Systems, Science and Engineering, Information Processing and related Arts and Sciences. The Society also encourages and assists professionals to maintain the integrity and competence of the profession and fosters a sense of partnership amongst members. Besides the activities held at the Chapters and Student Branches, the Society also conducts periodic conferences, seminars, etc. Through the initiatives of Prof. Narasimhan, the first President, CSI has been in close liaison with IFIP since its inception in 1965, when observers from India attended the IFIP Council meeting. Since 1974, when CSI became a member of IFIP, CSI has organized many IFIP-sponsored events and was host to the 1978 Council meeting in Bombay and the 1988 General Assembly in New Delhi. It represents India in IFIP-International Federation of Information Processing Represents in technical Committees and working groups of IFIP. CSI also organises IFIP sponsored conferences.


The Society functions under the guidance of an Executive Committee. The members of this Committee are elected by the voting members of the Society. The functional head of the Society is the President and is assisted by the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Prof. P. Thrimurthy is the President of CSI for the year 2010-11 while Mr. M.D. Agrawal, Prof. H.R. Vishwakarma and Mr. Saurabh Sonawalla are the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The other members of the Execom are the Regional Vice Presidents of Eight Regions and Divisional Chairpersons of Five Divisions viz. Division-I (Hardware), Division-II (Software), Division-III (Scientific Applications), Division-IV (Communications) and Division-V (Education & Research). Apart from the above the Immediate Past President continues to be associated with the Execom. An elected Nominations Committee of three members conducts the annual elections


The Society is targeted at the IT professionals and also user community at large. Hence the membership of the Society is open to all professionals involved in the field of information technology. The membership categories include Individual and Institutional. In the Individual member category there are five grades namely Fellow, Senior, Member, Associate and Student, whereas Institutional membership includes organisations and educational institutions. A professional can also apply for life membership in the Society.

Activities Landscape

The Computer Society of India regularly Organizes workshops, seminars conventions, and technical talks for the benefit of professionals and users of IT apart from conducting continuing education and professional development programmes for a focussed audience of budding professionals, researchers and students. The CSI Annual Conventions are held in different cities across India. The other leading examples of national/international conferences include BIG, COMAD, ConSEG, COMNET, ConfER etc. Among these, the National Conferences on Education and Research (ConfER) are the latest addition since the 2007-08 academic year.

The CSI Annual Conventions, usually attracting 2000+ participants, have been held since 1965. Apart from technical sessions, tutorials and panels, a principal feature has been the Exhibition. A few of the recent and well attended conventions include CSI-96 (Bangalore), CSI-98 (Delhi), CSI-2002 (Bangalore), CSI-2004 (Bombay), CSI-2007(Bangalore) , and CSI-2010(Mumbai). CSI also organizes a number of international conferences regularly. The most stable series of these has been the Networks conferences, which have been held every two years since 1980, with IFIP co-sponsorship. The latestst one was in Bangalore in 1998. In recent years, the International Council for Computer Communication (ICCC) has also joined as a co-sponsor. The VLDB-96 conference (Very Large Data Bases) was held in Bombay. The International Conference on Visual Computing will be held in Feb 1999, in Goa, with co-sponsorship from IFIP and the ICCC.

National Student Conventions have been annual events since 1985. The CSI along with its member institutions also host National/Regional/State level students symposia and conventions. The National Student Conventions many times are hosted together with the CSI Annual Conventions. A record number of Student Conventions were held during the year 2006-2007 spread across India viz. The most appreciated regional student conventions include - Region-3 (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) Student Convention, 17-18 February 2007, Patan, Gujarat on the theme “Software Engineering Methodologies and Tools”, Region-7 (TN, Kerala and Pondichery) Student Convention, 23-24 February 2007, Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu on the theme “Pervasive Computing: Technology and its Applications”, Region-1 (Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP etc) Student Convention, 25 Feb’ 2007, New Delhi on theme “Enterprise Applications Development Methodologies and Tools”, Region-5 (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh) Student Convention, 23-24 March 2007, Bangalore on the theme “Information Security and Management”, Region-4 (Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Orrisa) Student Convention, 24-25 March 2007, Rourkela on theme “Web Engineering”. The State of Karnataka is leading far ahead with other Indian states by hosting CSI Karnataka State Conventions every year since 1987. The State of Tamil Nadu recently launched its CSI State Convention in January 2009.

The Computer Society of India also extends funding support for research projects as well as funds visits of researchers presenting papers at international conferences. It facilitates industry-academia interaction through CIO meets, Professors’ meets. There are awards for professionals, industry and government to recognize achievements in ICT domain. Indian Government has also entrusted CSI with the task of training physically challenged to improve their career prospects in ICT sector.

Chapters and Student Branches

A Chapter of the Society is a group of members in a particular locality or city. The chapters play a major role in achieving the objectives of the Society. It has direct links with the members. For the benefit of members, the chapter organizes monthly technical meetings, product presentations, exhibitions, film and video shows. The chapters also host Regional, Divisional, National, International events along with the sponsoring agencies. . The Chapter activities are managed by a committee of elected members headed by the Chairman. The Chairman is assisted by the Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The committee has eight members each one taking care of the activities relating to the divisions of the Society.

Being closely associated with students, the Society has developed a well-established network of "Student Branches" all across the country. The activities conducted for the students associated with the Society include lecture meetings, seminars, conferences, training programmes, programming contests and practical visits to installations. In an ever changing environment, CSI offers professional counseling being a great need of the hour. And this is done by being in close contact with its young members through various events, conferences, symposia to name a few. The CSI Student Branches are mentored by Student Branch Counsellor – typically a senior faculty member with good professional standing. The student branches have student office bearers and management committees whose composition may vary. The student branches are guided by 7 Regional Student Coordinators. In order to strengthen students related programmes, the CSI ExeCom created a new position of “National Student Coordinator” on 15 April 2006. Prof. H.R. Vishwakarma was unanimously nominated as the 1st National Student Coordinator by the CSI ExeCom. The National Student Coordinator, special invitee to CSI ExeCom, represents student branches at the national level meetings and programmes. At present, there are about 500 student branches across India.

Education Directorate

CSI started conducting the National Standard Test for Programming Competence in 1975. A Directorate of Education was set up in 1985, and a number of modules, such as Systems Analysis and Design, Data Communication, OS, and DBMS, are covered, in order to ensure a minimum level of professional competence, especially among those without a university background. CSI has a strong Educational Directorate which undertakes activities related to Certification of professionals related to the latest technologies. Its recent initiative of distance education in the Business Domain areas offers technology enabled learning supported by personal counseling & expert advice. The Education Directorate is headed by a full-time academician who along with Chairman of Division V (Education & Research) and the National Student Coordinator collectively provides necessary guidance and directions to the member academic institutions and students community. The Education Directorate organizes continuing education and professional development programmes. It also extends finance assistance to research projects undertaken by faculty and postgraduate students. Student professional development activities have been encouraged through the student branches as well as student-paper contests at the Annual Conventions.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Computer Society of India (CSI), has implemented the concept of “Special Interest Groups” to promote activities and research in dew focused areas. Various Special Interest Groups have been formed accordingly.

Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI)

The Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) of the Computer Society of India (CSI) has been a national forum for promoting AI and exchanging of information related to AI research. Various initiatives of SIGAI include various national and international journals, conferences and workshops. Members of SIGAI have played a key role in organizing the International Joint Conference in Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI - 07) the premier AI conference in the world held at Hyderabad, India from 6 to 12 Jan 2007.

Central objectives of CSI's Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) include,

  • To provide a national forum for interaction among the Indian Artificial Intelligence (AI) community
  • To act as an interface to other national AI forums and international bodies and initiatives
  • To promote research and practical applications of AI in academia and industry

Special Interest Group on eGovernance

The core objective of the SIG on eGovernance has been to focus on an important area where Information Technology can be leveraged and bring like minded professionals together to add value by bringing out recommendations relevant to various stake holders.

Special Interest Group on Free and Open Source Software (CSI-SIG-FOSS)

One of the earliest SIGs, the SIG-FOSS has been carrying out several activities across the country in promoting the use of FOSS. In 2009, the SIG organized SciPy 2009 in collaboration with IIT-Bombay, and in 2010, are conducting two major events: the National Seminar on FOSS in Education, hosted by NIT Calicut, and the SciPy 2010, together with IIIT Hyderabad


The Computer Society of India brings out three national publications namely CSI JOurnal of Computer Science & Informatics, CSI Communications and CSI Adhyayan. The journal Computer Science and Informatics is a quarterly, which contains reviewed articles of theoretical interest, case studies of successful applications of national relevance, and reviews of books and journals. CSI Communications is a monthly theme based national publication covering technical articles of current interests and reports of conferences, symposia, and seminars organized by CSI and member institutions. CSI Communications also servers as important medium of communication between CSI and its members. CSI Adhyayan is a quarterly publication dedicated for IT education, research and student community. This quarterly publication performs the functions of a newsletter, a magazine and journal. It also brings out regional/chapter newsletters, proceedings of conferences, state-of-the-reports, and other literature such as workshops/tutorials courseware and eLearning resources.

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