Speakers' Profile
Day 2 - Thursday, 9th December 2010
Valedictory Function
Shri Ashok Kumar C. Manoli, I.A.S.
Principal Secretary to Government
Department of IT, Biotechnology and Science & Technology
Government of Karnataka
Profile: Mr. Ashok Kumar C. Manoli is currently the Principal Secretary of Department of IT, BT and S&T Government of Karnataka. He belongs to the batch of 1982 of the Indian Administrative Services. Starting his career as an Asst. Commissioner in Kumta, he assumed many positions of importance like DC of various districts, Managing Director of Tourism Development Corporation, Chairman of BWSSB, et al. He served as a Secretary of Finance and later as a Commissioner of Commercial Taxes. Soon he became known as a VATMAN for the most successful implementation of VAT in Karnataka amongst all the States of India.

In 2008, he moved to IT Department as Principal Secretary and soon took up new initiatives. He introduced new Semiconductor Policy first time in the Country. Under his stewardship 2nd version of IT Policy of Karnataka, Electronics Hardware Policy and Animation Policy are under consider. His desire to take IT revolution to Tier II and III cities resulted in Rural BPO initiative which is hailed as a role model today in the Country. He transformed Bangalore IT.in into B2B platform as Bangalore IT.biz. The IT Investment Region project spread over 10000 acres near BIAL is another new initiative. Many such initiatives taken by him in Biotech and Nanotech arena will keep Bangalore in the leadership position for many years.

He manages to find time for his hobbies of Bird watching, Theatre, Music and Singing.