Department of Telecommunications (DoT)
Parent Agency - Ministry of Communications
Department of Telecommunications
Department overview
Formed1985; 39 years ago (1985)
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Department executive
  • K. Rajaraman, IAS[2], Chairman of Telecom Commission and Telecom Secretary[3]
Parent departmentMinistry of Communications

The Department of Telecommunications, abbreviated to DoT, is a department of the Ministry of Communications of the executive branch of the Government of India.


Telecom services have been recognized the world-over as an important tool for socio-economic development for a nation and hence telecom infrastructure is treated as a crucial factor to realize the socio-economic objectives in India. Accordingly, the Department of Telecom has been formulating developmental policies for the accelerated growth of the telecommunication services. The department is also responsible for grant of licenses for various telecom services like Unified Access Service Internet and VSAT service. The department is also responsible for frequency management in the field of radio communication in close coordination with the international bodies. It also enforces wireless regulatory measures by monitoring wireless transmission of all users in the country.


Statutory Bodies

Attached Offices

Subordinate Offices

Field Offices

Autonomous Bodies

Training Institutes

Specialised Units

The following units function under the DoT:[5]

Central Public Sector Undertakings

See also

Central Civil Services

Central Engineering Services


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  11. ^ "Circular" (PDF).
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  13. ^ "Telephone Advisory Committee meeting of BSNL organised". Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Telephone Advisory Committee meeting presided over by Dr Ashok Tanwar Member of Parliament". Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  15. ^ "DoT mandates BSNL Employees to Download Aarogya Setu App for Safety". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  16. ^ "DoT says, The Indian Contract Act of 1872, No SIM card to Minors".