Dr Santhosh Babu to head K-FON project
Thiruvananthapuram: Dr Santhosh Babu, a Thiruvananthapuram native and former IT principal secretary of Tamil Nadu will head Kerala Fiber Optic Network (K-FON), the state government’s ambitious public centric project, say reports.It is learnt that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has signed the file related to the appointment of Dr Santhosh as Managing Director of Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL)-- the implementing agency of the K-FON project. He will assume the office on Monday.
Dr Santhosh has been selected for the post based on his contributions to the IT sector in Tamil Nadu. Rural BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) project spearheaded by him was first of its kind venture in India. Apart from that, he envisioned many IT-based projects to bring back students to school when he was serving as the district collector of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu
Dr Santhosh also worked as a special duty officer to Tamil Nadu CM. He took voluntary retirement while working as IT principal secretary and entered politics with Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), a political party led by Kollywood star Kamal Haasan. In the last assembly elections, he contested from Velachery constituency and tasted defeat. Santhosh who was MNM’s general secretary resigned from the post and party.
Dr Santhosh cleared Civil Service Examination after his MBBS at Thiruvananthapuram medical college. He also holds a degree in Leadership and Excellence from the London School of Economics.
K-FON, for providing high-speed internet for free to the poor and at affordable rates to others is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The project, which was announced in May 2020, will also provide high-speed internet access to over 30,000 government offices and educational institutions. K-FON will provide free internet access to over 20 lakh economically backward families free of cost and at affordable rates to others.