Constitution of Committees

Constitution of Committees

Constitution of Committees and Sub-Committees

TEC Standard formulation mechanism envisages involvement of following Committees, Groups and Forum:

  1. Development Coordination Committee (DCC)
  2. DCC Sub-Committee
  3. Draft for Comments (DFC) Group
  4. Manufacturers’ Forum (MF)
  5. Mandatory Testing Consultative Forum (MATCOF)(ref: para  9.2)
  6. Core Groups of TEC

Further, the Standard Adoption process by TEC consists of the following Institutional Framework:

  • Telecom Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC)
  • Consultative Committee (CC)
  • Task Force


  1. DCC shall be the apex body approved by Sr. DDG / Head of TEC, which should consist of representatives from various stakeholders viz. DoT, C-DOT, LSAs, NTIPRIT, BBNL, TCIL, ITI, NCCS, other associated Govt. Departments/Societies, Service Providers and Associations etc. Each Division shall constitute a DCC for formulating Standard document. Being a technical body, special effort would be made to identify appropriate experts in telecom domain, while seeking nominations for DCC. DCC shall be the final body for recommending the draft TEC Standard. The draft TEC Standard shall be approved by Sr.DDG/Head of TEC and shall be called TEC Standard document.
  2. Technical subjects dealt by TEC are sub-divided into seven broad categories:
  •  Switching (Core Networks, Interoperability between networks Associated Services & Applications etc.)
  • Transmission (Optical, Radio, Satellite transport for Core, Edge and Access etc.)
  • Customer Networks (Access and Terminals etc.)
  • Information Technology (LAN, WAN, Routers, Switches etc.)
  • Wireless Systems (GSM, CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, NR, WiFi, Spectrum etc.)
  • Passive Infrastructure (Cable, Power Plant, Towers, Antennas etc.)
  • IoT, M2M, Smart devices, Future Networks, AI etc.

3.  A DCC member shall ordinarily be from the top management of an organization capable of articulating the vision, plan and objective of his/her organization.

4. Each DCC shall have a nominated Deputy Director General (DDG) of TEC from concerned Division as its Chairperson and Director as Convener. Any DCC may have more than one DDG as member depending upon the subjects dealt with and for inter-disciplinary co-ordination. Steering of specific subjects within a discipline shall be carried out by the concerned DDG. DDG can also seek advice/input from industry experts not covered in the DCC.

5. DCC shall be constituted on yearly basis (Financial year wise). Members of Government Departments shall be nominated by designation. Experts from users/service providers shall be nominated by name and the same shall be approved by Sr. DDG/Head of TEC, on a yearly basis.

6. Formation of DCC i.e. seeking nomination of members for DCC, receipt, compilation of nominations, approval of DCC by Head of the TEC and circulation shall be completed in 10 weeks (as per Table-2) from the date of seeking nominations for DCC.

7. DCC may be reconstituted at any time by Sr. DDG/Head of TEC, if found necessary.

8. Minutes of DCC Meeting shall be approved by the concerned DDG, being DCC Chairperson. The suggestions / recommendations of DCC Meeting shall be incorporated in Pre-DCC draft. The document, so formulated shall be called TEC Draft Standard document which is submitted to Sr. DDG / Head of TEC for approval.


  1. Each DCC shall have a DCC Sub-Committee for dealing with specific subjects and creating TEC draft documents. Nomination of members of DCC Sub-Committee shall be approved by concerned DDG. DCC Sub-Committee shall be a group of working-level experts drawn from Service-providers / User organizations, Laboratories (NABL accredited/TEC designated), Associations and Director level officers of DoT/TEC & other DoT Institutes. Any other known experts can also be nominated in the DCC Sub-Committee.
  2. Prior to conduction of DCC Sub-Committee meeting, Sub-DCC Draft shall be prepared by incorporating the comments of DFC Group members, if any and suggestions emerged during MF meeting in the initial draft prepared by Core Division. DCC Sub-Committee shall deliberate on this Sub-DCC Draft and offer further suggestions, if any. The suggestions/recommendations of DCC Sub-Committee members should be incorporated by Core Division in Sub-DCC Draft to formulate Pre-DCC Draft.
  3. Director of the concerned Core Division shall be the Chairperson and should moderate the proceedings of the DCC Sub-Committee.
  4. Formulation of DCC Sub-Committee (including seeking nomination of members, receipt and compilation of nominations, approval of DCC Sub-Committee by concerned DDG and circulation to nominated members) should be completed within 10 weeks (as per Table-2) from the date of seeking nomination of members for DCC Sub-Committee.
  5. Minutes of DCC Sub-Committee Meeting shall be approved by concerned Director.


  1. DFC Group consists of experts for a particular family of network elements from R&D Institutions, reputed academic institutions such as IITs etc.,
  2. Research units of user organizations, service providers etc.
  3. DFC Group constituted by respective DDGs shall be approved by Sr.DDG/Head of the TEC.
  4. Formulation of DFC Group (including seeking nomination of members for the group, receipt and compilation of nominations, approval of DFC group by Head of TEC and circulation) shall be completed within 10 weeks (ref: Table-2) from the date of seeking nomination of members for DFC Group.


  1. Manufacturers’ Forum shall be a group of technical representatives of  manufacturers/OEMs, suppliers, representatives of a network element or  group of network elements and any related Industry Associations etc.
  2. Manufacturers’ Forum shall be constituted by concerned DDG for a specific  network element (e.g. modem, router etc.) or a system comprising of interconnected network elements (e.g. GPON System etc.) as per the  requirement.
  3. Manufacturers’ Forum shall be chaired by concerned DDG. Director of the  concerned Division shall be the Convener and should moderate the  proceedings of the MF.
  4. Formulation of Manufacturers’ Forum (including seeking nomination of members, receipt and compilation of nominations, approval of MF by concerned DDG and circulation) shall be completed within 10 weeks (as per Table-2) from the date of seeking nomination of members for Manufacturers’ Forum.
  5. DCC Sub-Committee and MF Meeting may be held jointly which then shall be chaired by concerned DDG. In such case, the Minutes of the Joint Meeting shall be approved by concerned DDG.


The broad timeline for various activities for formation of Committee, Sub-Committee, Group and Forum as required for formulation of TEC Standard document is as follows:

S. No.


Activity Description







Seeking Nominations of members for Committee/Group/Forum

1 week



Receipt and compilation of Nominations

2 weeks



Issue of 1st reminder to non-responders


2 weeks





Receipt and compilation of additional Nominations for Committee/Group/ Forum


Issue of 2nd reminder to non-responders, if required


1 week




Receipt and compilation of additional Nominations for Committee/Group/ Forum


Formation/Finalization of Committee/ Group/Forum

1 week



Approval of Committee/Group/Forum by Competent Authority

2 weeks



Circulation of list of members of Committee/Group/Forum to concerned

1 week




10 weeks


TEC shall implement the Standard Adoption process with the help of institutional framework, which may consist of Telecom Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC), Consultative Committee (CC) and Task Force setup for this purpose.

Telecom Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC) shall be headed by DDG (Standardization), TEC. It will have maximum eleven members including the Chairman. The constitution of TSAC shall be as follows:

  • DDG (Standardization), TEC  (Chairman)
  • DDG (Telecom Security), TEC
  • Chairman consultative committee
  • Member CDOT
  • Member TSDSI
  • Other members - Member(s) from other Govt. bodies /cross- Sector organizations, technology experts from industry(OEMs), Members from Network/service providers and academia /R&D
  • Director (Standardization) TEC – as Member Convener

The members from industry / organizations other than those from TEC/ DOT shall be nominated from amongst the persons of repute /having sufficient experience in the field of telecom technology /standardization.

TSAC shall be constituted for a period of two years. However, a member may be re-nominated for another term, if the competent authority so decides.

TSAC shall function at the apex level and has following responsibilities.

  • Examine the issues e.g. whether a TSDSI or an international standard can be adopted as national standard or whether to  waive off wide circulation etc.
  • Evaluate and endorse standards for approval/ adoption
  • Perform an oversight role in reviewing the standardization  program
  • Strategize and prioritize work areas /standardization activities
  • Advise TEC on matters like ratification / adoption of standards, formulate standardization policies and strategies to be adopted, best practices to be followed and setting up and dissolution of consultative committee(s)/ task force(s)etc.
  • Collaborate with other standard formulating bodies/organizations within country and abroad


Consultative Committee shall be a working group constituted under TSAC. Members of Consultative committee shall be technical experts in the respective fields of ICT industry, based in India, who are nominated to participate in the standardization related work allocated to the committee.

Consultative committee shall collate public comments against any standard, review them and accordingly prepare a report towards inclusion or rejection of those comments. It may also offer recommendations, if any. Only technical content / Amendments affecting the technical content of standard shall be open for public comments and therefore discussion/ review by consultative committee.

Consultative committee shall consist of a minimum of ten members. DDG of concerned technology division shall be the Chairman and concerned Director shall be the ‘convener cum co-rapporteur’ respectively of the committee. 

The Members of Consultative Committee shall be drawn from the following organizations depending upon the standard to be adopted.

  • TSPs
  • OEMs of Telecom NW equipment and mobile hand sets
  • VAS providers
  • R&D including CDOT
  • Academia
  • Govt. bodies & cross sector standardization organizations
  • Technical officers (Mobile, Radio, Security, IoT, SN, IT etc.) from TEC
  • Technical officers (Licensing, NT, Policy, WPC and security etc.) from DOT 


TSAC /Standardization Division of TEC may constitute a Task Force for a specific or inter-related work. Task force will submit its recommendations to Consultative Committee or TSAC.