Mr. Prakash Damodaran was one of the pioneers in combining technology and public policy particularly with respect to the emerging fields of IT where inputs in both areas are required. He obtained his B.Tech. Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1974 from Ill - Madras and PGDM from IIM - Calcutta in 1976 for which he received ISKC's Honor Roll for academic excellence and the Dunlop scholarship. He later joined the IAS and served in various positions in the Tripura cadre. He then served the Government of India as Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission, during which period he set up commission's first computerized information system. He then studied at Harvard University where he obtained his Masters in Public Administration and received the Edward S. Mason and U.N. fellowships. Mr. Prakash was with the Government of Tamil Nadu as Secretary to the Government and was responsible for the creation of the new Department of Information Technology. He formulated and implemented the State's first IT Policy and its Optical Fiber cables policy. He has also served as a member of the expert group on Citizen-IT interface of the National Task Force on IT of the Government of India.