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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good Bye Retiering friends



Dear All,

As I retire from my position on Monday the 30th April, I want to thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to work, learn, and grow with this organization. Working here has contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development. After 36 happy and productive years, I leave with many memories to cherish for the rest of my life.
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support you’ve offered me over the years. We have shared a wonderful work relationship as well as friendship. All of your support has made working here an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
As I look forward to a new life after my retirement, I will certainly miss the enjoyable time I have spent working with you..
Sincerely,
Yogendra Pal
+91-98115 72044


My Best wishes to all the retiring officers. I find that that there is too much to do after retirement. I hardly find time. Keep yourself busy for a healthy life.
M.Y. Thote
mythote@gmail.com 

I wish all these officers  a peaceful retired life, with pink of health everyday,all the days.
We extend to you all  welcome to our fold of retired officers or AIR and DD.
Regards.

Bhima Rao K.V., retd.CE  T201/Elcs    
184,Sri Apts.,3rd.Main,22nd.Cross,
6th.Block,Jayanagar,                 Tel.+91-80-22442278,32906244
Bangalore 560 070
Bhima Rao Kandi Venkoba kvbhimarao@hotmail.com

I am not having the age to wish our retiring officials, so I salute them. May GOD  Bless them for their happy retirement life.
 T.Vijaya Kumar ddtvk@yahoo.com

I wish you very very happy retiring life.  AIR will never forget your
services tendered by you and dedicated to all.

RAJ GHEMUD,SR. SK.AIR  PUNE
 Rajendrakumar Ghemud raj.ghemud@gmail.com


Wish all my friends Sh. Yogendra Pal, Rajendra Prasad, K. Rajan, D. Bramha, DP Banerjee, PN kaul, MS Parekh, Sunil Kr. Dey, K. Venugopal, Kamata Prasad, AK Kaul, J. Balaswamy, R. Geetha, TS Chatarjee and A. Mohandeva  those are retiring  on 30.04.2012. a happy & healthy retiring life.
Bharat Lal


Dear all Hari Om
A few of them, Mr Yogendra pal, Rajendra prasad, I know personally. Others joining before 1981 I might remember. Any way I personally wish them all a very happy busy fruitful retired life. Let them pursue some hobby which they might have developed over the years and could not pursue and enjoy life. Don't feel alone, communicate. we have a good forum now.
With best wishes
and with regards
 PREM CHANDRA premchandra33@gmail.com


Wishing them all a very healthy and happy retired life.....

V.R.Hari
IT Division

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wish on Retirement to our Elders

S/ Sh. Yogendra Pal, Rajendra Prasad, K. Rajan, D. Bramha, DP Banerjee, PN kaul, A. Mohandeva , Sunil Kr. Dey, K. Venugopal, Kamata Prasad, AK Kaul, J. Balaswamy, R. Geetha, TS Chatarjee and Smt. MS Parekh are retiring from AIR & DD on 30.04.2012. These officers have given 30-35 years of their prime life to the organization and their contributions have helped AIR and Doordarshan stand as proud public broadcasters of the country.
We salute these officers for their services to the organization and wish them a happy retired life. Brief details of some of these officers along with their contact numbers are given below, so as to enable interested individuals contact them and wish them on this occasion.
This list is incomplete as it is due to the effort of a single person. Information about other retiring officers ( of all grades and disciplines) may be added on the blog.
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Sh. Yogendra Pal, is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as Additional Director General (E)(Training), AIR & Doordarshan. Possessing BE (Electronics) and MBA degrees from Delhi University, Sh. Pal started his career with the Indian Broadcast (Engineering) Service in 1975 at Amritsar. Since then, he has worked across multiple offices of All India Radio and Doordarshan encompassing core functions like design, planning, execution, research, training and maintenance in various capacities. He has implemented various key projects such as Radio coverage of ASIAD '82, Launch of various new-age services like Internet Radio, Radio-on-Demand, News-on-Phone and Design of the fully digital AIR studios. Sh. Pal also has broad international exposure having visited over 10 countries and contributed numerous technical publications. He has also conducted many training courses abroad on behalf of Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). He has also served as a technical consultant to Philippines Broadcasting Corporation on behalf of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).His achievements have been recognised through various National & International awards, the key ones being the ABU, Indian Express and the Akashvani Awards. His contact no is 09811572044 and email add is yogendrapal@gmail.com
Sh. Rajendra Prasad, is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as Additional Director General (E)(WZ), AIR & Doordarshan, Mumbai. Shri Prasad joined in o/o RE(East) Calcutta as Asstt. Installation Engineer on Sept. 15, 1975. He was promoted in the cadre of Dy.Director and posted at DMC Bilaspur. Later he worked at DDK Ahmedabad, HPT Pitampura and DG Doordarshan in cadre of Dy.Director. He was promoted in the cadre of Director and posted at DG Doordarshan in May 1997. Worked at CPS, CPC and CE(NZ) upto 2008. Transferred to CE(WZ) Mumbai as Director (TV-Project). He was promoted to the post of Chief Engineer (C.D.C.) in Sept. 2010 and afterwards got regular promotion w.e.f. 8th July 2011. His contact no is 09869049130 and email add is arpee1@rediffmail.com
Sh. K. Rajan is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as SD from AIR Calicut. After joining at CBS AIR Trivendrum in 1979,He has rendered useful services at AIR Calicut, AIR Gulbarga, AIR karvar, AIR Cannanore, AIR Nagarcoil and AIR Portblair . Sh. Rajan has been an illustrious broadcaster winning many Akashvani Annual Awards and BES PSB Award for the work at AIR Portblair during Tsunami. His contact no is 08762293888
Sh. A. Mohan Deva is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from AIR Manglore. After joining at AIR Banglore in 1975,He has rendered useful services at AIR Manglore, Bramhavar, LPTV Kervad, AIR Mysore, AIR Raichur and SPT Banglore . His contact no is 09449068442
Sh. DP Banerjee is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as PEX from AIR Directorate (Sports Cel) Delhi. After joining at External Services Division, AIR Delhi in 1977 as TREX ,He has rendered useful services as PEX at GOS Services, ESD, Delhi, AIR Delhi, DTPES Delhi, AIR Kathua and Sports Cell of DG:AIR. Sh. Banerjee was deeply involved with coverage of commonwealth Games and many other sporting events of National and International level and is considered as one of the best sports broadcaster of the organization. His contact no is 09818713940 and email add is dpbanerjee7@hotmail.com
Smt. MS Parekh is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as PEx from CBS AIR Ahmedabad . Joining as Librarian at AIR Rajkot in 1977, She has rendered useful services at AIR Ahmedabad, Rajkot and AIR Vadodara. Her contact details are 09428528864.
Sh. D. Bramha is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as PEX from AIR Guwahati. After joining as Assistant Editor,,He has rendered useful services at NES Shillong, AIR Itanagar and AIR Kokrajhar. Sh. Bramha is a DR PEX of 1988 batch. His contact no is 09435617709.
As per information gathered from internet (unconfirmed) –
Sh. PN Kaul is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as PEX from DDK Delhi.
Sh. K. Venugopal is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from DD HPT Calicut.
Sh. Kamata Prasad is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from DD LPTV Akabarpur.
Sh. AK Kaul is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from DDK Jammu.
Sh. J. Balaswamy is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from DDK Gulbarga.
Sh. TS Chattarjee is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from DD LPTV Patana.
Sh. Sushil Kumar De is superannuating from service on 30.04.2012 as AE from AIR Cuttuck.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

THE STRANGE AND AMUSING HISTORY OF INDIAN COMMERCIAL RADIO Ameen Sayani



Dear AIR DD family,

Consider me one of your own !

I haven't been able to view the blog yet, but I'm sending you an article - "THE STRANGE AND AMUSING STORY OF INDIAN COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING" - that the entire "AIR DD" family should read. It has been published in a fabulous book on Indian Advertising called "AD KATHA" - to be officially released this week.

Regards. Ameen Sayani.


Did you know that, until the dawn of the fifties, ALL INDIA RADIO (“AKASHWANI”) was one of the finest broadcasting organizations in the world?

Patterned on the lines of the BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AIR carried out its mandate of “EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ENTERTAINMENT” with great skill and magnificent impact – with the full participation of the nation’s finest writers, speakers, producers and performers.

And, like the BBC, AIR also never thought it necessary to “allow COMMERCIALS to step into its parlour and maybe dilute its excellence” in those early days. Although the partition in 1947 had resulted in a number of great broadcasters opting for Pakistan, India still retained enough talent, flair and expertise in the field of communications to keep AIR’s flag flying proud and high.

But then, three things happened which began to clip AIR’s wings on the one hand – and, on the other, led to Indian Commercial Radio being born – but abroad (almost like an unwanted child !):

(a)         While granting Ceylon (Sri Lanka) its Independence in 1948, the British also
donated to Sri Lanka their superb short-wave Radio SEAC transmitters (earlier used for Lord Mountbatten’s South-East Asia Command, and situated in Colombo), which the Sri Lankan government put into use for its newly-formed All-Asia Commercial Broadcast Services in English, Hindi and Tamil. Some of these were long-range 100 kw transmitters, which could cover not only the ENTIRE ASIAN CONTINENT with great clarity and magnitude, but were even reaching as far as South and East AFRICA ! (The English and Tamil All-Asia Services took off with a bang soon after their inception. But the Hindi Service, in spite of its immense potential, didn’t have any professional broadcasters to nurture it – just a group of amateurs gathering and playing records of Indian film songs.)

(b)    While all this was happening, there came on the Indian scene a great purist whom most of our early commercial broadcasters fondly refer to as “the Father of Radio Ceylon”. He was none other than India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. B.V. Keskar. With energetic dedication, Keskar went about strait-jacketing AIR and confining creativity in bureaucratic shackles. Keskar’s most drastic act – the reason for which no one could ever fathom – was to totally ban Hindi film music from AIR! AIR’s entire treasure of Hindi film songs was either thrown away or destroyed – just at the time when (i) Film music had already entered its “Golden” period, and was being enriched by great composers, lyricists and singers, all helping to keep India’s magnificent multi-faceted traditions of literature, romance and philosophy alive. (ii) Film songs had also already become – through AIR itself – the finest medium for the spread of national integration and the national language. Predictably, Radio Ceylon’s Hindi service – which was playing almost nothing but Hindi film songs – soon begun to take over AIR’s entire “popular entertainment” audience!               

(c)    An American having a business in India in those days – DANIEL MOLINA – saw a commercial opportunity in Radio Ceylon’s fast-spreading popularity, and managed to set up a SOLE AGENCY to channelise Indian commercial business to Radio Ceylon. He also created a production unit called “RADIO ENTERPRISES PRIVATED LIMITED” (REPL) for the preparation of radio programmes and commercials. To head REPL as Programme Director, Molina selected a young man who was already a star broadcaster on AIR’s Bombay station and a leading actor-director on the Bombay stage – HAMID SAYANI – who had also been trained in advertising in such leading firms as J. Walter Thompson and Stronachs.

HAMID took the English section under his own wing and gathered a strong group of people to set-up REPL’s Hindi section. Radio Ceylon’s broadcasts soon began to be peppered with catchy commercials and jingles of almost all major brands being sold in Indian markets, and also “sponsored shows” which caught on like wild fire – and many of them are still fondly remembered. On the English service, some of the most popular shows were: “OVALTINE AMATEUR HOUR”, “POLSON’S QUIZ KIDS,” “PEARLINE PARIS DOUBLE OR QUITS”, etc (all compered by Hamid). One of the most popular among the English shows produced by Radio Ceylon itself in Colombo was “BINACA HIT PARADE” – presented by a delightful broadcaster named Greg Roskowski (fondly called “Happy-go-lucky Greg”).

Some of the Hindi sponsored shows that stormed the airwaves through Radio Ceylon (later called Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) were: “OVALTINE PHULWARI”, “COLGATE RANG TARANG”, “LUX KE SITARAY” (compered by Balraj, who later blossomed into the famous filmstar SUNIL DUTT), “BINACA (later CIBACA and COLGATE-CIBACA) GEETMALA”, “POLSON’S CHANCHAL BALAK”, “S.KUMARS KA FILMI MUQADDAMA”, “MARATHA DARBAR KI MEHEKTI BAATEN”, etc. There were also some sponsored shows for various clients/products compered weekly by famous film personalities such as NARGIS, MEENA KUMARI, MANMOHAN KRISHNA, TALAT MEHMOOD, GEETA DUTT, etc. – and, of course, every major feature film that was released used to book its own special series of shows.

AIR was, naturally, quite uncomfortable with its listenership and potential revenue being gobbled up by an upstart neighbouring station. So, after the exit of Keskar, AIR welcomed film music and popular formats back with the advent of a new service – the Vividh Bharati networkin October 1957. But commercials were still kept out, and Radio Ceylon kept merrily booming alone until November 1967, when Vividh Bharati became AIR’s first commercial service.

However, even that couldn’t topple Radio Ceylon’s formidable popularity and commercial success – for three reasons:

(a)  Vividh Bharati’s commercial stations were being broadcast through short-range urban Medium-Wave transmitters – leaving huge areas in India uncovered – while Radio Ceylon’s Short-Wave beams left not an inch of India un-reached.

(b)  Vividh Bharati’s rate structures were station-linked, while Radio Ceylon’s rates were perhaps the lowest among any commercial media in the world. If a client wanted to go “national” on Vividh Bharati (yet covering only the restricted urban station areas) he would have to pay almost ten times more than what Radio Ceylon would be charging for its unrestricted all-Asia coverage!

(c)  AIR was still resisting the entry of “sponsored shows”, which had been the backbone of Radio Ceylon’s popularity. However popular and effective a station’s own presenters are – and both Radio Ceylon and Vividh Bharati had many highly competent and successful announcers – they can never provide the variety and meticulous programming (backed by more abundant funds) that shows recorded by “outside” producers can deliver.

It took AIR three more years to realize this, and Vividh Bharati’s first “outside-recorded” sponsored shows finally began to pour in from 3rd May, 1970. And a huge array of excellent sponsored shows come to be aired – all building up tremendous listenership and revenue for AIR. (The list is long, and appears as an appendage on page…….)

AIR finally heaved a huge sigh of relief when, after the seventies, Radio Ceylon’s reception began to dwindle. Its old SW transmitters were aging, and the Short-Wave bands were being badgered by powerful 1000 kw transmitters from Moscow and Peking, knocking out all other stations that came in their way. Also, India’s I & B Ministry got its greatest hero in the shape of the dynamic minister, Vasant Sathe – who not only cleaned up the weak aspects of All India Radio, but also got advertising and media professionals to help him turn Doordarshan into a fantastically powerful medium by streamlining commercial rates and polishing up programming.

However, AIR’s commercial service again dipped with Sathe’s exit. Just when DD was commencing its sponsored show scheme – another gift by Sathe’s chosen “Working Group” of professionals – AIR went and raised its advertising rates five-fold, resulting in a dismal crash in revenue-earning. In fact, many such mishaps occurred, which would take many more pages to explain – so let’s just examine the broad details of the shaping of Indian Commercial Radio thereafter:

1.     After a lot of coaxing from professionals (under the aegis of the Advertising Agencies Association of India and Bombay’s Advertising Club), Commercials were also introduced in AIR’s Primary Channels, to reach larger rural markets. (It took still more nudges to allow Primary Channels to accept sponsored shows, and it is interesting to note that shows sponsored by private advertisers and govt. agencies on Primary Channels are doing an excellent job even today to spread commercial as well as social progress in rural India.)

2.     The year 1993 heralded the opening up of AIR’s arms to welcome Independent Radio. A few hours on FM/VB channels of Mumbai and Delhi (and later Chennai, Kolkata and Panaji) were offered for sale to Private Broadcast Companies. Listeners still remember the sudden breath of fresh air brought in by the informal, fun-filled, chatty programmes of Radio Mid-Day and Times FM from the morning of 15th August, 1993.

3.     Just when these Private Broadcasters’ businesses began to flourish, AIR cancelled all their slots, and – after another uncomfortable interval – introduced a system that allowed Private Broadcasters to bid for specific FM frequencies, on which they could set up their own independent transmissions. And thus the foundation was laid for the more than sixty station-groups that are functioning and presumably thriving today – the better known of which are: RADIO MIRCHI, RADIO CITY, BIG FM, RED FM, RADIO ONE, MY FM, OYE, FEVER, RADIO DHAMAAL, HELLO, etc.

Many of these Independent Broadcast Companies operate in multiple cities, and many more cities are likely to be opened up to Private Broadcasters in the future.

To add to these, AIR has also considerably expanded its bouquet of commercial stations. Apart from Vividh Bharati and the Primary channels, commercial time is now also being sold on AIR’s Local Radio Stations, “FM GOLD” Metro Channels, “FM RAINBOW” stations in many cities, National Channel, External Service and North Eastern Service !

No mere article – perhaps not even a whole book – would be able to correctly analyse and evaluate the plethora of options, outlets, rates, reach and efficacy of
all the Commercial Radio channels available in India today. The only exercise one could effectively undertake is to briefly pinpoint the main problems of the medium, and suggest avenues of rationalisation and improvement. And that is what this article now proposes to do:

A.    LET THERE BE VARIETY: The most annoying thing about many FM radio stations today, is that they all sound a like, and all play the same songs over and over again. It is extremely essential for each presenter/announcer to develop his/her own distinctive personality and style – or the programmes (which are the “mother-content” for commercials) could begin to sound infinitely boring. And as far as the content selection goes, the need for variety has already begun to be understood, and many stations have started blending the “bang-bang, rush-rush” style of contents with a little more elegance of the somewhat older-world charm. In other words, stations have begun linking TRADITION with TOMORROW – which is perhaps the best way to lead India forward on the road to peace, progress and prosperity.
                                                        
 B.    DON’T SUBDUE CREATIVITY WITH POINTLESS BUREAUCRATIC DICTATORSHIP: One could quote innumerable instances of official high-handedness in earlier years, such as: the song “Mehengai Maar Gai” (“the soaring prices are killing us”) from the film “ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAN” was banned by AIR during the emergency – because someone high up in Delhi wasn’t comfortable with “people being informed that prices were hitting the roof”! Similarly, the broadcast authorities have not allowed Independent Broadcasters to present news and current affairs – while the Supreme Court of India has clearly granted the Fundamental Right of “Freedom of Speech” to all communications media. It has been amply proved over the last six decades that things work best when governments have perennial interaction with professionals – as they should in any democracy. One-sided bulldozing normally leads to disaster.

C.    REMEMBER THE FAMOUS SAYING: “THE BEST RADIO PROGRAMMES ARE THE ONES THAT YOU CAN SEE”! There are no visual aids in radio – the words we speak and the music (or effects) we play help to create visual images in the minds of the listeners, who fill in their own forms, colours, textures and even fragrances. It is only when radio programmes “come alive”, that the commercials they carry are best conveyed and remembered. And “sponsored programmes” recorded outside the medium can also tremendously help in livening up a station’s programming.

D.    CLARITY” AND “SIMPLICITY” ARE COMMERCIAL RADIO’S MOST VITAL REQUIREMENTS (besides, of course, “CREATIVITY”):
Radio, being the most “fleeting” of all media, needs always to be
immediately understood. We often come across commercials these days which – although full of enjoyable “sound and fury” – are rendered so fast as to make us wonder: what exactly were they trying to sell? Let speeds and words be a little more understandable, and the pronunciation more precise and correct (even if one is speaking colloquial “Hinglish”!)

E.    FINALLY, LET THERE NOT BE SO IMMENSE A CLUTTERING UP OF RADIO CHANNELS THAT QUALITY GOES HAYWIRE, AND BOTH MEDIA OWNERS AND LISTENERS CEASE TO CARE: Only one instance will be sufficient to explain the point: Vividh Bharati Mumbai’s transmitter is supposed to be the most powerful of all VB stations (almost 50 khz?) and is charged for as such – but it can’t be heard in most parts of Mumbai ! Maintenance of transmitters, their correct rating, regular feedback research and avoiding over-cluttered expansion are all vital to keep Indian Commercial Radio on the move – and “on the hop”!


— AMEEN SAYANI

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DOWN THE MEMORY LANE P&D UNIT OF A.I.R.


My memories of that time show our working, there were no computers then, one had to be his own computer, remembering every thing in one's mind. 

POSTING IN P&D UNIT OF AIR; - I was transferred to P&D Unit in HQ of AIR. Mr M.L.Shastri was Additional Chief Engineer In-charge for the Planning &Development. Mr A.C.Ramchandani was Chief Engineer and Mr Chaman Lal Deputy Chief Maintenance and operation. I had an interview with Mr Shastri before posting. My Boss was Mr B.Y.Nerurkar Planning officer and I was posted in Monitoring and Coordination under his charge. Mr J.N.Mathur was Asst Planning Officer. My colleagues were Late Mr S.H.Jakati, Mr G. Nagnathan, Mr Karmarkar and Mr Gopal krishnan. I joined new assignment some time later in 1961.
P&D UNIT had different sections e.g. Studio Design, Transmitter Design, Estimates, Progress and Cooridination all assisted by clerical sections. Each had a Planning Officer as Boss and assisted by Assistant planning Officers, Deputy Assistant planning Officers and Assistant Engineers (lowest in the Engineering side. There was Drawing Section headed by Chief Draughtsman. Mr R.L.Suri and Mr Neelkanthan were POs for Studio and TRX respectively. Clerical sections were in-charge of a Section Officer and COOP was overall in-charge. Files were collected by AEs and then initiated for any action. Thus AEs were errand boys, doing all from searching files, writing notes and putting up to DAPO/ APO. Any letters were to be written by DAPO/ APO or PO. AE though a Gazetted Officer was only to search locate and put up.
First advice by Mr B.Y.Nerurkar, at the time of joining was “Keep your Ears and Eyes Open. Learn to write on files which opportunity you will not get any where else. All will help you in technical matters but no body will, in your writings.”Mr Dayanand Swarup Coordination Officer Planning (COP) was very helpful. He was the link between the engineers and the clerical staff in P&D.
MONITORING PROGRESS AND COORIDINATION; - Our Unit was to monitor the progress of projects taken up by A.I.R  all over India and to coordinate the working of the different divisions/ sections in P&D in the Head quarters. We had Studio Design, Transmitter Design, Estimates and Purchase Sections beside our own section. We had three Project Circles headed by Project Officers and were responsible for the implementation of projects in their respective Circle. These were Central, Eastern and Western Circles. Now we have four Regions. Job of our Unit was to collect information by way of bi-weekly reports received telegraphically from project sites and weekly reports from the circles on the status of the projects and to prepare a concise report to be presented to The Ministry of I&B. There used to be a fortnightly meeting with the Secretary I&B and quite often with Hon Minister I&B. Before any of the meetings regular meetings were held with the DCE where in Planning Officer & Project Officer Central Project Circle used to be present. AE from our Unit was to assist. Initially weekly progress report was cyclostyled and sent to Ministry and discussed in the meeting. However after some time a new format was introduced to have a continuous progress on any project, over the last report.   Seven copies of the report were prepared and each page pages was for one project. Each copy was designated for individual officer concerned (who would invariably make notes on their copy). For the next meeting all the copies will be retrieved dismantled and only additional information typed on all the copies and then re assembled for presentation and discussion. This was a real Herculean task and most of our time was devoted in it.
MEETING IN DCES ROOM; - In the meeting with DCE AE was to be present with all the registers for each project, where in the entries of the progress were recorded. There were no computers at that time. AE was supposed to give the information off hand without consulting the register using his mental computor. He was supposed to remember every thing and have it on finger tips. Your efficiency was judged by DCE, Planning Officer and Project Officer. For Western and Eastern Circle only our Planning Officer used to be present. All directions for the action required were issued from our unit. Coordination was for all activities connected with the project, whether it was selection of site, acquisition, frequency clearance, Estimates approvals purchase, building construction by CPWD, Electricity or Telephone lines between the studios and transmitter, installation of the equipment etc. In the language of Mr Nerurkar we had to make the Unproductive work, productive. After 4&half years of working in P&C, Mr V Balasubramanium who had become DCE on promotion from PO CPC, felt pity and transferred me to CPC for more productive work (Installations).
At the time of joining P&D I was the youngest AE and I worked with Late Mr V.B.Pradhan Sr Most AE in TR Design, Mr Hangal & Mr R.B.Lal in Estimates. Mr Shamanna was APO and there was a saying that if an estimate has been cleared by Mr Hangal, Shamanna & co., then no body can question it, such was their hold. In CPC which was in the 4th floor of A.V.Bhavan, & P&D in 3rd floor at that time, I came in contact with such stalwarts as Messrs R.S.Sastri, R.N.Khapre, Jamal Moiuddin AEs and V.Balasubramanium PO.
FIRST LETTER BY AN AE FROM P&D; - As I have indicated above letters were written only by DAPO and above. Although all were signing for Director General AIR, as DG was the Head of Office. I started writing routine reminders where no policy or decision was involved under my signatures AE for DG. Eye brows were raised, thinking what will DAPOs do? Seeing me doing Mr R.B.Lal a senior AE in Design Section also started and with in six months some of the other AEs followed.
After about a year or so one evening around 5 pm office closing time, Mr Nerurkar our PO came with a file pertaining to Amritsar Station. He came straight from Ministry after attending a meeting and asked me” Prem Chand convey this decision on file to the SE or IO Amritsar today”, when I said Sir, I will bring the draft letter , he retorted “ I know you are writing letters for DG , do it and O/c should be on my table in the morning.” I did it, although normally APO would have done it. That is how the way to all other AEs also opened. 
Human Approach and style of working of Late Shree B.Y.Nerurkar; - It was 29th or 30th June 1964, I read in news papers that a big tragedy had taken place at NARORA Barrage west U.P. in which 4,5 people had drowned. Reading the names I found them as our near relatives. In my section all other three AEs were on leave, I was at a loss whether I should ask for leave to go to Aligarh. Whole day passed, in the evening I took courage and went to Mr Nerurkar PO, and just stood, when he enquired I told him about the News. He immediately said I never knew that it was so near to him and asked would I like to go. He immediately rang up Mr Chaman Lal DCE and explaining about the news and said” I am relieving Premchandra also there is none in the section, please hold any files from the Ministry even Parliament Question “. This was unheard off during those days. That showed his concern for his staff, and we all gave our best efforts.
When Mr Ramchandani retired Mr M.L.Shastri became CE and post of AD CE was surrendered only DCE post remained. Mr Nerurkar also later left and became Wireless Advisor in the Ministry of Communications. Mr D.V.Phatak took over as PO Coordination. He thought it fit for me to work in installations and along with Mr V Balasubramanium DCE got me transferred to CPC.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Friday, April 6, 2012

BES(I) completes 25 years on 08.04.2012


A small but most dedicated group of Broadcast Engineers of India felt the necessity of projecting the interests of Broadcast Engineers at national and international level. They decided to promote the advancement, dissemination of knowledge and practice in the field of Broadcasting and related sciences.

Their determination finally paved way for the establishment of Broadcast Engineering Society in 1987 when it got registered with the Registrar of Societies, Delhi Administration on 8th April 1987.


To achieve its goals with the specific aims & objectives, the dedicated members of the Society started organising, seminars/lectures/workshops/symposium, which gained momentum, and more and more fellow broadcast engineers joined hands.


With the keen interest and sincerity of members, not only the membership base of the society widened but also the Society could become an International body, which now organises an international event, popularly known as BES EXPO, every year. This event which is generally held every Feb at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi gives the broadcast professionals of India, irrespective of their post and designation to witness the latest state of art technology in the field of broadcasting – A true service to broadcasters.

LIST OF PAST & PRESENT PRESIDENTS OF BES(I)

NAME

CONTACT

Sh. H. S. Jolly

011 26440229

Sh. S. P. Bhatikar

09423062034

Sh. H. M. Joshi


Sh. B. K. De

09810044554

Sh. R. K. Gupta

ramkrgupta@gmail.com

Sh. J. G. Gupta

11-22714377

Sh. N. S. Ganesan

nsganesan2k4@yahoo.co.in

Sh. A. S. Guin

asguin@gmail.com

Sh. P. S. Sundaram

pss@technomediaindia.com

Sh. R. R. Prasad

rrprasad13@yahoo.com

Sh. Ashok Lakhanpal

alakhanpal1950@gmail.com

Following are the founder members of Broadcast Engineering Society of India , who signed on the registration paper of 08.04.1987

N.K. TRIVEDI

Then Engineer-in-Chif (Retd), All India Radio,

O.P.KHUSHU

Then Chief Engineer, Directorate General All India Radio,

N.J .NAIR

Then Chief Engineer,Directorate General All India Radio Delhi


B.B.GAUR

Then Director Engineering, A.I.R. & D.D. Shahjahan Road, Delhi


S.C.DUBLISH

Then Director Engineering, Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi


R.B.L.SRIVASTAVA

Then Chief Engineer (Retd), Doordarshan, New Delhi


M.M. ASTHANA

Then Chief Engineer, Doordarshan, Loknayak Bhawan, New Delhi


P.C.KHARE

Then Director Engineering, Doordarshan Loknayak Bhawan, New Delhi


G.N.HANGAL

Then Director Engineering, Doordarshan Loknayak Bhawan, New Delhi


M.N.MEHTANI

Then Director Engineering, Doordarshan Loknayak Bhawan, New Delhi


V.B. PRADHAN

Then Chief Engineer (Retd), All India Radio, 9/20,East Patel Nagar, New Delhi

H.L. CHOPRA

Then Dy Chief Engineer (Ratd), All India Radio Chief Executive, Electron Devices India. New Delhi

B.P.SRIVASTAVA

Then Director Engineering, Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi

K.K. MEHTA

Then Superintending Engineer, Doordarshan Kendra, New Delhi.

VIGYAN PRAKASH

Then Superintending Engineer, BH, All India Radio, New Delhi


S/ SHRI R. RAGHAVACHARI, C.S.R.RAO , N.N. MOHANTY , M.S.TALWAR, J.N. BISARIA AND PREM CHANDRA ARE AMONG THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIFE MEMBERS OF BES(I).

SOME OF YOU MAY LIKE TO REMEMBER /CONTACT THESE STALWARTS AND ADD YOUR MEMOIRS, WHICH MAY BE MAILED TO avsmanch@gmail.com

U can also add your comments directly below the post.

Will you forward this info. to other friends who may like to take similar actions?

Ashish Bhatnagar


COMMENTS---


Pl do remember other than AIR &DD ,there are organisations like ISRO which participated and nourished BES.So pl do not forget people like us.

D S KUSHWAH

BESI has done a very good job in advancing the cause of Broadcasting. ..My Best Wishes to BESI. I will be away to USA shortly.

M.Y. Thote

Akashvani and doordarshan family is a very good effort to join old and new. I remember the day in early 1987 when I was with Late Mr H.L. Chopra, Late Mr B.B.Gaur and Mr N.K.Trivedi at the residence of Mr Chopra in Greater Kailash, when Mr Chopra asked me to give a cheque and told me that we are starting an engineering society away from the engineer's association, which will be open to all broadcasters including industry people connected with Broadcasting. I remember how we Mr H.S.Jolly, Mr J.N.Bisaria late Mr Dublish will meet in some officer's room in Research Department almost every month and later in Mr J.G.Gupta's he was CE (North).I will try to recollect some activity at that time.

Thanks and with regards

prem chandra

Congratulations. This is a considerable achievement.

I look forward to the Golden Jubilee of BES!

warm regards,

Sajan

Excellent! It would keep BES active, homogeneous and alive.

Incidently, Ganesan sir's mail seems need correction.

Best wishes.

awdhesh kumar

Thanks for your mail-giving contact numbers of so many people of our fraternity. How I wish-you had also listed my address and contact telephone number as well. Who knows - someone may get interested to contact me through my e-mail address. I hope you understand.
N.N.MOHANTY

Nagendra Nath Mohanty

H-24/21, DLF City Ph 1
Gurgaon, Haryana 122002
Telephone no.s (res):
0124 4058677, 4380677

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