C-DOT Clinches Top Honors at 14th Annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards

C-DOT Clinches Top Honors at 14th Annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the foremost Telecom R&D center of the Government of India, achieved a remarkable feat by securing top honors in three categories at the 14th Annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards. The event took place on February 21, 2024, at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi. C-DOT received recognition for its innovative indigenous Telecom solutions.

Awards and Achievements

  1. Innovation in AI Award
    • Shared with Google India for the ASTR Project.
    • ASTR (AI & Facial Recognition-powered Solution for Telecom SIM Subscriber Verification) is instrumental in combating cybercrimes by analyzing and eliminating fake/forged mobile connections.
  2. Innovation in Social Good Award
    • Recognized for the CEIR (Central Equipment Identity Register) solution.
    • CEIR revolutionizes mobile security by detecting clone IMEIs, preventing counterfeit mobile device imports, and facilitating the blocking and tracing of lost or stolen phones.
  3. Innovation in Telecom Award
    • Acknowledged for the Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) product.
    • QKD employs quantum mechanics to create an unbreakable cryptographic protocol, ensuring secure communications between networks and parties.


  • Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT & Chairman, C-DOT Project Board
  • Dr. Pankaj Dalela, Director, C-DOT & Member, C-DOT Project Board
  • Ms. Shikha Srivastava, Director, C-DOT & Member, C-DOT Project Board
  • Project leaders:
    • Scientist G Shri Atul Kumar Gupta
    • GL Shri Biren Karmakar
    • AGL Shri Ajay Kumar
    • TL Shri Amit Chauhan


Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay commended the dedication of young engineers and technology leaders at C-DOT for their relentless pursuit of innovation, aligning with the vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India) set forth by the Prime Minister.

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs):

  1. What is the ASTR Project recognized for at the 14th Annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards?
    • A) Cybersecurity solutions
    • B) Telecom infrastructure development
    • C) AI innovation
    • D) Quantum computing advancements
    • Answer: C) AI innovation
  2. What is CEIR primarily focused on?
    • A) Enhancing internet connectivity
    • B) Revolutionizing mobile security
    • C) Developing satellite communication systems
    • D) Advancing cloud computing technologies
    • Answer: B) Revolutionizing mobile security
  3. What technology does the Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) product employ?
    • A) Artificial intelligence
    • B) Blockchain
    • C) Quantum mechanics
    • D) Big data analytics
    • Answer: C) Quantum mechanics