A Brief Report on ACE 2001

XXVII Annual Convention and Exhibition - ACE 2001 organized by IEEE India Council and Delhi Section was held at India Habitat Center, New Delhi from November 01 to 03, 2001. With the theme as Convergence in SPICE (i.e., Semiconductor, Power, Information Technology, Communications and Entertainment), the Convention in all had in the very first day four tutorials, in the remaining two days twelve sessions, each starting with invited lecture and involving forty-three papers in total in the concerned areas. With 149 participants (50 IEEE Members and 99 others) attending the event, it was inaugurated on November 02 by the Honorable Union Minister of Power Mr. Suresh P. Prabhu. He stressed the issue of taking benefit of technological development in various fields and coordinate the applications for producing quality goods and efficient servicing to the end-users. In this regard, example of power line for use of tele-communication needs too were mentioned. In his key-note address, Mr. H.W.Bhatnagar, Director (Industry), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. gave a brief account of advances in various fields of power, communications, electronics, entertainment, etc. and inter-dependence on each other in usage in the background of global scenario vis--vis that in India. Mr. H.L.Bajaj, past-Director, IEEE Region 10, while delivering the presidential address in the same tone highlighted the status of technological development in India and a picture of that exist in the advanced countries, thereby projected the goal to be targeted.

Honorable Union Minister of Power Mr. Suresh P. Prabhu (third from left) in the inaugural session of ACE 2001 with others (from left to right) M/S Promod K. Srivastava (IEEE India Council Chair), Harsh Wardhan Bhatnagar (Director, BHEL), Harbans L. Bajaj (past-Director, IEEE Region 10), Prof. R. Balasubramanian (IEEE Delhi Section Chair) & Dr. Ram Nath (IEEE Delhi Section Secretary)

The Convention ended with a panel discussion Chaired by Dr. D.P.S.Seth, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. with Prof. R.Balasubramanian (IIT Delhi), Prof. M.S.Sachdev (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), Prof. H.M.Gupta (IIT Delhi), Dr. Dilip Paul (IEEE Washington Section, USA) and Prof. V.K.Damodaran (IEEE India Council) as the other panelists. It emerged from the discussions that though the advances should continue in individual disciplines with specialization, convergence to deliver end-product as already evident in certain spheres, like, Cable TV, Internet Service, Communication, might encompass further areas of technologies. In this context strong inter-action between academia and industry towards Research & Development was also advocated.

At the end of panel discussion (standing from left to right) M/S Ashok Golas (DOT), Prakash V. Ekande (NTPC), Manmohan S. Puri (DESEIN), Dr. Ram Nath (BHEL), Prof. R.Balasubramanian (IIT Delhi), Dr. Mini S. Thomas (Jamia), Prof. Mohindar S. Sachdev (University od Saskatchewan, Canada), Dr. Subrata Mukhopadhyay (CEA), Dr. D.P.S.Seth (BSNL), Promod K. Srivastava (India Council), Prof. V.K.Damodaran (India Council), Prof. Hari Mohan Gupta (IIT Delhi), Daman Dev Sood (ICICI), Dr. Dilip Paul (Wasington Section) and Prof. Ashok Bhattacharyya (DCE)

Though Exhibition part of ACE 2001 was canceled, the event was having extensive display by sponsors, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services, Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd., Essar Power Ltd. Other sponsors for the event were Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd., KLG Systel Ltd., Ministry of Information Technology, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.

Besides these, India Council had its Executive Committee Meeting in the afternoon of November 02 and in the last day, presentation of first prize-winning paper in the M.V.Chauhan Student Paper Contest conducted by IEEE India Council.