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Dr Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao, Padma Bhushan, popularly known as Dr A S Rao, was the founding Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).

Dr A S Rao was a scientist, teacher, entrepreneur and leader synthesized into one, in right proportions. He launched several young people to shoulder responsibilities in various spheres in the country. He was a strong believer in self-reliance.

Dr A S Rao was an embodiment of humility. Inspired by his ideals and vision, a few of his associates in ECIL and a few academics from the field of education founded the Society under the title of Dr A S Rao Awards Council and registered it under the Societies Act in 1989 ( Registration No. 2326/89)

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