By Rajendra K. Asthana, Chair for IEEE R10 Life Member Committee.
Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta was a Doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Popularly known as RGG, he retired as Senior Director (i.e., SAG / Joint Secretary Rank of Government of India – GOI) from the then Department of Information Technology/Electronics. In this department, among other activities, he was known for organizing an exhibition of electronics annually at an all-India level.
Dr. Gupta was a Senior Member of IEEE & Fellow and Life Member of the TEB for the technical publications of the Largest Professional Body in India, the Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He was a member of the nomination committee for an international award for techno-entrepreneurship development instituted by the TAKADA FOUNDATION, Japan and initiated Electronics and IT Expositions (ELITEXs) etc. He made numerous reports to enhance the vision on the “Role of United Nations and Specialized Agencies for Developing IT”. Dr. Gupta, an IEEE volunteer became Chair of the Joint Chapter IEEE AES COM LEO Society of the India Council.
In 2007, he was appointed as a Member of Board of Governors for IEEE Technology Management Board and Editorial Board Member of the Open Aerospace Engineering Journal published by Bentham Science Publishers. He also served on the Board of Governors of IEEE AES Society and the Board of Governors of IEEE Photonics Society.
He popularized IEEE in the Government. These innovative efforts led to the sharp increase in IEEE Student Branches in India and the overall membership growth. After taking over as Chair, he retrieved the IEEE AES COM LEO Society of India from IEEE Disqualified Chapters and achieved the Best Chapter Award from IEEE ComSoc for more than five years. His major contributions and initiatives included a series of International Conferences on Personal Wireless Communications (IEEE ICPWC) as Conference Chair in India since 1996 with participants from 22 to 25 countries. In the early stage of development of the concerned technology, Dr. Gupta supported Prof. Vijay K Bhargava (of UBC, Vancouver, CC, Canada / University of Victoria). He was also a member of TPC of the world’s largest IEEE Communication Conference: GLOBECOM and ICC. Other activities undertaken by him were:
After being at the helm of affairs of IEEE Computer Society, Delhi Chapter for a couple of years, in 2007 he was appointed IEEE Delhi Section Chair for the two one-year terms in 2007 and 2008. As Chair for IEEE Delhi Section, he continued his earlier initiatives.
At a time when IEEE India Council was struggling for its survival for over 2 years due to lack of initiatives & activities, Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta was elected as the Chair for IEEE India Council in May 2011. The challenge that he faced was to revive the Council’s survival and its lost glory earned during earlier years. Immediately on taking over, he took the following bold decisions and corrective actions to rebuild the lost image/glory of the dormant India Council.
Many other important decisions were taken during these 2 years and the Council regained some of its lost glory. He continued his previous initiatives to popularize IEEE technical activities for students, academia, and industry and gave push to new Students Branches in engineering, India Council Conference (INDICON) etc. Based on the solid foundation laid by Dr. Gupta, subsequent Council Chairs contributed tremendously to take India Council to newer heights, which were quite visible year after year.
As a dynamic IEEE Volunteer, Dr. Gupta was honored by the following IEEE awards:
Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta passed away on 24th April 2021. We all in IEEE pray to God to grant salvation to the departed soul and give strength to the family members to bear the irreparable losses. Om Shanti!!