Computer Society of India (CSI) is the first and largest firm of computer professionals in India. Established on 6th March 1965 by a few computer professionals, CSI has now developed to be the national firm representing computer professionals within 71 chapters across India, 418 student branches, and more than 90,000 members.
CSI is a non-profit professional community to exchange views, information, and ideas. The wide spectrum of members is involved in the advancement of theory and practice of Information Processing, Science and Engineering, Computer Engineering and Technology Systems, and related Arts and Sciences.
CSI functions under the operation of an Executive Committee. The Committee’s members are chosen by voting members of SCI. Functional head of CSI is the President and is supported by the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Computer Society of India also assists and encourages professionals to maintain competence and integrity of the profession. Furthermore, it always nurtures a sense of partnership among members. Besides the activities hosted at the Chapters and Student Branches, CSI also conducts periodic conferences and seminars.
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) was originated in 1965 when observers from India took part in the IFIP Council meeting. Thanks to the initiatives of Professor Narasimhan, the first President, CSI has been in close relationship with IFIP. Since 1974, when CSI officially became a member of IFIP, it has organized many IFIP sponsored events such as the 1978 Council meeting in Bombay and 1988 General Assembly in New Delhi. CSI represents India in technical committees and working groups of IFIP.
Membership in CSI is targeted at the IT experts and also large user community. Therefore, the Society opens its membership to all experts involved in the field of information technology. The membership categories consist of both individual and institutional. While institutional membership contains organizations and educational institutions, the individual member category includes five grades namely Fellow, Senior, Member, Associate, and Student. A professional can also apply for membership in CSI.
Computer Society of India frequently holds workshops, technical talks, and seminars conventions for the benefit of users and professionals of IT. Moreover, it also conducts continuing education and professional development programs for a focused audience of researchers, students, and budding professionals. The CSI Annual Conventions are organized in different cities across India. The other prominent examples of national/international conferences are BIG, ConfER, COMAD, COMNET, ConSEG, etc. Among these, ConfER (the National Conferences on Education and Research) are the youngest addition since the 2007-2008 academic year.