Laiqh A. Khan

T.K. Chandrashekar quits as GM, Mysore Telecom District

MYSORE: Seven years before his retirement was due, General Manager of Mysore Telecom District T.K. Chandrashekar has relinquished his high-profile post to pursue a career in teaching.

The 53-year-old Chandrashekar was relieved from his "cushy" job on Wednesday after his application for voluntary retirement was approved by the Department of Telecommunications, Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

A 1977 batch ITS (Indian Telecom Service) officer, Mr. Chandrashekar will pursue his hobby in astrology even as he plans to look out for a break in engineering colleges, which are keen on using his wide exposure in the field of Electronics and Communication.

Speaking to The Hindu on his last working day as General Manager of Mysore Telecom District, with a jurisdiction over Mysore and neighbouring Chamarajanagar districts, Mr. Chandrashekar said he had been mulling over seeking voluntary retirement for quite some time. "Instead of discharging routine work, I am drawn towards sharing my knowledge with the younger generation," he said.

Clearly bored with the monotony of his routine work in the third floor of the office at Jayalakshmipuram in Mysore, Mr. Chandrashekar is looking forward to literally returning to school.

The outgoing General Manager makes it a point to underline his passion for astrology, which he said would keep him occupied post-voluntary retirement.

Having delivered lectures on various topics such as communication technology, marketing and management to audiences comprising students as well as businessmen across the country, Mr. Chandrashekar said he would be comfortable sharing his knowledge with engineering students. Before joining Indian Telecom Service in 1979, Mr. Chandrashekar had a three-month stint at the Indian Space Research Organisation.

After his training at Jabalpur and Ghaziabad as an ITS trainee, Mr. Chandrashekar's first job with the erstwhile Post and Telegraph (P and T), which later became Department of Telecommunication, was as an Assistant Divisional Engineer at Changalpet in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Chandrashekar has worked in various capacities in Chennai, Shillong, Bangalore, Anantapur, Tirupati, Jammu, Calicut and Mysore.Mr. Chandrashekar had been General Manager of Mysore Telecom District since September 2004.

The General Manager of Kodagu Telecom District Mr. Chandran will hold additional charge of Mysore Telecom District. Mr Chandran is expected to take charge on Thursday.