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BES Expo 2002

BES EXPO-2002, the 8th International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting was held as per the schedule on 14th, 15th & 16th February 2002, at Hotel Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, New Deihi. The theme of the Conference was Digital Broadcasting -Has Broadband a Role. The event was inaugurated by Shri Ramesh Bais, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting on 14th February 2002. Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon'ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting, our Chief Guest could not make it because of some urgent last minute changes in her schedule. However, her blessings were with us.

Inaugural function started at 10.00 A.M with the invocation. Dignitaries on the dais, Shri Ramesh Bias, Hon'ble Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anil Baijal, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati and Professor Ashoka Chandra, Special Secretary Ministry of HRD were welcomed by presenting a flower bouquet.
Shri R.K.Gupta, President BES (I) delivered his welcome address and welcomed the Hon'ble Minister and other dignitaries on the dais and the gathering of the Senior officers from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Prasar Bharati Board, Doordarshan, All India Radio, delegates, exhibitors, invitees from all walks of life, channel operators, broadcasting professionals from India & abroad and media personnel. More than 1100 delegates and invitees witnessed the inaugural ceremony.

Shri Anil Baijal, CEO, Prasar Bharati who was guest of honour on this occasion released the special issue of "BES REVIEW" and addressed the gathering. In his address drew the attention on the economics of digitalisation.

Shri Ramesh Bias, the Hon'ble Minister of I&B released the Conference Proceedings and Exhibition Directory. He also conferred the honorary fellowship of the Society on Professor Ashoka Chandra, Special Secretary, Ministry of HRD- a noted Scientist and Technologist.

Prof. Ashoka Chandra delivered his keynote address, which was listened by the audience in the pin drop silence. His address was appreciated and acclaimed by the audience with standing ovation.

Thereafter, Shri Ramesh Bias presented BES annual awards. This year Professor Selhuraman award went to Shri Chellam Bose, while V.P.Nanda award went to Shri Y. Venkateswarlu and EDI award was given to Shri AKAgarwal. All the awardees except shri Venkateswarlu collected the award by themselves.

Shri Ramesh Bias, Hon'ble Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting addressed the audience. In his speech he pointed out the various opportunities and challenges which digital technology has thrown open to the broadcasting professionals and industry. I proposed the vote of thanks, in the capacity of Hon. Secretary, BES (I). Thereafter, the President BES(I), Shri R.K. Gupta escorted the Hon'ble Minister and the other esteemed guests to the exhibition venue. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister.
This year the Exhibition was spread over Darbar Hall, Vazir Lounge.Alamgir Hall and Rani Bagh of Taj Palace Hotel where a special super structure of international standard was erected. Fifty-three exhibitors from India and abroad participated in exhibition and demonstrated their products and technologies. For the first time, in the history of "BES EXPO", the exhibition was spread over 500 sq. metres of open area of Rani Bagh of Hotel Taj palace where, 18 exhibitors displayed their products.

As can be seen in the photographs this area has come up very well and was looking very elegant. Many exhibitors were very happy with the arrangement and appreciated the workmanship involved in making pavilions.

The exhibition was more colourful and glamorous this year. Many exhibitors brought their new products and technologies, M/s Sony brought their latest Camera, data tape recorders used for archiving, M/ s Panasonic displayed their DV range of camcorders and recorders, M/s JVC displayed their latest plasma, M/s Bee-hives demonstrated video clips transport system. M/s. Bench Mark, CDAC, Auto-Script and Auto-cue demonstrated portable tele-prompters. Ku band equipment too was displayed this year. Research Department of Doordarshan and All India Radio displayed the reception of digital terrestrial transmission, which has already been started by Doordarshan on experimental basis in New Delhi Video Archive System and automation of LPTs. Some of the leading manufacturers who could not participate directly in the exhibition have sent their observers to have the feel of the EXPO. More than 4500 visitors from the B'casting Industry and more than five hundred delegates visited the exhibition this year. The exhibition was rated to be of international standards.
Last year's response to the tutorial was very encouraging. Therefore this year tutorial on three subjects namely Digital Video Broadcasting, Digital Radio Mondiale and Cable Television was arranged after the inaugural session in the afternoon on 14th February 2002. All the three tutorials were complimentary for the members of BES (I) and the tutorial on cable T.V was also made complimentary for the channel broadcasters and cable operators. The response was so overwhelming that the Darbar Hall was full even at 6.00 P.M. on 14th Febraury.2002.
The Conference
The theme of the conference was Digital Broadcasting-Has Broad band a Role?. In addition to six Conference sessions, three each on 15"' and 16th February 2002, there were two keynote addresses one each on 15th and 16th February. On 15th February Mr. Arthur Manson of Tandberg TV, U.K., was the keynote speaker. His paper on the  “Standards for DVB-T” was very informative. It was a welt attended and appreciated session, chaired by Shri B.K. De, former E-in-C Doordarshan & immediate past President BES (I). This was followed by first session of the Conference, while second and the third session of the conference were held in the afternoon.
On 16th February Shri N. Vittal Chief Vigilance Commissioner, delivered the keynote address. Prof. U.R. Rao, Chairman Prasar Bharati, chaired this session. The session could easily be described as the liveliest session of the Conference. The combination of Professor U. R. Rao and Shri N. Vittal was charismatic, the audience had hearty bits of laughs all throughout as well as serious in view of the present scenario of broadcasting and telecommunication industry and its impact on society in general. Mr. Vittal, besides describing the death of distance as a result of broadcasting and telecommunication, also explained how ignorance could become beneficial for the advancement of technology. All the three sessions of Conference on this day also were lively and well attended. Almost all the aspects of the digitalisation of Television and Radio broadcasting were discussed in these three days of the Conference.
In general this year's Conference and Exhibition were opined to be the most informative and successful event of our region in the broadcasting field.

The "BES-2002" was declared formally closed at about 6.00 p.m. on 16"' Feb., 2002, by the Hony. Secretary, BES (I).