Dr. Srinivasan Ramani proposed an Indian Academic Network in 1983, and this contributed to the launch of the Education & Research Network (ERNET) project, involving a number of institutions that created R&D teams in networking. As coordinator of the ERNET team at India’s National Center for Software Technology, or NCST (which merged with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in 2003), he led the efforts to set up ERNET’s central mail switch and its international gateway, starting with a link to Amsterdam in 1987, using TCP over X.25. This was the first such international connection from India. A year later, his team connected ERNET to the UUNET in Falls Church, Virginia, as well. Partnering institutions of ERNET, in cooperation with Dr. Ramani’s team at NCST, set up domestic TCP/IP links to extend the network nationwide. Read his full bio here.