Broadcast Engineering Society (India) organized
a function to mark the beginning of TV experimental transmission
in India on 15th September 2006 at the Auditorium, YMCA tourist
hostel, New Delhi. A Seminar was organized on the topic. The function
was attended by around 150 BES (I) members, senior officers from
Electronic Media and invited dignitaries.
While welcoming the audience, Shri A.S. Guin, President, BES (I)
recalled the contributions made by dynamic engineers Mr. T. Rajamanickam,
Mr. P.R. Desikachar and others of research department of All India
Radio, those who could make the beginning of TV transmission in
India possible on experimental basis on 15th September 1959. He
narrated the journey of TV transmission in India, which started
with Low Power Transmitter and makeshift studio at Akashvani Bhawan
in 1959 and witnessed big expansion in late ‘70s. Mr. R.R.
Prasad, Chairman, Seminars and Lecture Committee, BES (I), in his
introductory address, talked in brief about the function and thanked
the speakers and the audience for sparing their valuable time to
attend the function.
The function was Chaired by Shri B.K. De, former Engineer-in-Chief,
Doordarshan, during whose tenure of about 5 years, Doordarshan witnessed
major modernization and revamping. Mr. De, a former President of
BES (I) is recognized as one of the most outstanding broadcasting
engineers and was awarded the first Asian Pacific Broadcasting Union
Engineering Award in the year 2003. Mr. De made a very informative
speech before opening the session.
The first invited speaker of the session was Mr. N.N. Mohanty. Shri
Mohanty had started his career in 1950 from AIR, Patna and finally
had retired as Director, Staff Training Institute (Technical) in
November 1985. Shri Mohanty recalled the days of the beginning of
experimental TV service in India and talked in detail about the
then available equipments, their interfacing and the typical problems
encountered during the initial days.
The second invited speaker was Shri M.M. Asthana. Shri Asthana is
one of the founder members of BES (I), who has worked at various
key positions in All India Radio and Doordarshan and finally retired
as Chief Engineer, STI(T), AIR & DD. Shri Asthana gave a detailed
account of development of Television in India from 1970 to mid 90s.
Shri Asthana talked about peculiar problems of antenna mismatch
and serious effects on the reception of TV during the early days
and that how these problems were solved. He also talked about the
tedious methods of recordings and manual editing during those old
The last invited speaker of the session was Shri Lok Veer Sharma.
Shri Sharma is a 1972 batch IB(E)S officer who passed his engineering
degree from Delhi College of Engineering in 1970. Shri Sharma has
worked at various responsible positions in AIR and Doordarshan network
and has extensive international exposure. Shri L. V. Sharma is currently
working as Chief Engineer in Doordarshan Directorate in Delhi. In
his speech, Mr. Sharma gave an account of the massive Doordarshan
infrastructure and glimpses of future planning of DD Directorate.
He said that in spite of the availability of various cable channels,
more than 50 per cent of Indian homes still depend on terrestrial
TV transmission. While stressing the importance and utility of terrestrial
transmission, Mr. Sharma spoke about the vital role of Doordarshan
as the only public service broadcaster of India. He said that migration
to digital domain is a universal phenomena and Doordarshan is preparing
itself for the cut off by 2015. He informed that Doordarshan would
be providing DVB-H, the television on hand held devices in all metro
cities. Similarly, terrestrial digital video broadcasting having
DVB-T standard will also be provided.
Shri Ashish Bhatnagar, Hon. Secy BES (I), thanked the speakers for
presenting an account of the journey of TV transmissions in India
in a very interesting manner. While thanking the elders for building
the massive infrastructure of Doordarshan, he called upon the young
officers to come forward and take the flag to newer heights.