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A brief report on the
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
NCBME - 2004


held at GITAM, Visakhapatnam between 23 & 24 December 2004 and
sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society of India.

First Day 23-12-04

The Inaugural function was started with prayer at 10.00 AM in the Central Library auditorium. At the outset Prof. P. Ramesh, Chairman NCBME-2004 welcomed the gathering and explained the theme of the conference namely “Development of economically feasible compact Gadgets to take the Expensive Medical Technology to the doorstep of the poorest of the poor of our great Nation”. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp and inauguration of NCBME-2004 by Prof S. R. Kasturi of TIFR, Bombay. He has spoken briefly about the application of NMR and MRI in medicine and biology. Prof. A.G.Ramakrishnan (IISc Bangalore), President of the Bio-Medical Engineering Society of India (BMESI) explained the role of the Biomedical Engineer in the service of humanity. He stressed that a country of our size needs many National Research and Development Centres and Institutions for promoting Bio-Medical Engineering Research. He mentioned that, except Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bangalore and Sri Chithirai Tirunal Institute, Trivandrum, there are no Institutions dedicated to research in BME.

Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi, President of GITAM, while presiding over the function gave a call to the Bio-Medical community to educate the people on the importance of Bio-Medical Engineering. He has also assured that he will do his best to impress upon the government on the need to establish more R&D laboratories for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi released a CD on “PC based Instrumentation”, An e-book authored by Prof. P. Ramesh. This covers the PC hardware, software, interfacing A/D and D/A Converters to the PC for data Acquisition and analysis. Economically feasible PC based Bio-Medical Instruments needed in the health care were also covered in this E-book.
Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi also released a text book on “Electronic Devices and Circuits” authored by Prof. C.Dharmaraj and Sri B.Tirumala Krishna. This was published by Pearson Education and covers all the fundamentals of the Electronic devices and Circuits, which are useful to the undergraduate students. Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi appreciated the efforts put in by the authors in writing these books and appealed to the teaching community of GITAM to follow suit.

Prof. Gopalakrishna Prabhu (MIT,Manipal), Secretary Bio-Medical Engineering Society of India proposed a Vote of Thanks bringing the inaugural function to an end.

BMESI Meeting

A meeting of the members of the Biomedical Engineering Society of India was held before lunch and passed the following resolutions

1. The Next Conference of the Bio-Medical Engineering Society of India will be held at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore. Prof. M.Mukunda Rao will host the Conference.

2. It is also proposed to promote the activities of the Bio-Medical Engineering Society of India by conducting one conference in a year by identifying the sponsor institution.

After lunch break, two parallel sessions were held, one in the Central Library Auditorium and the other in Ambedkar Seminar Hall. The sessions ended at 05:30 PM.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME
The cultural programme which was held at 06:00 PM in the Balayogi Kalapranganam, started with a Classical Music Concert by Prof. Shankar Bhattacharya on Sarod, Shri Indrajit Banerjee on Sitar and Shri Gowri Shankar on Tabala. All the three are well known all India Radio artists and have performed at several prestigious institutions in India and abroad. It was very much appreciated by the audience including the youngsters. This was followed by a variety entertainment programme by the students. This started with a classical dance by Miss. Karuna (III/IV ECE) which was in fact the best part of the students’ programme. Many students performed western dances which were appreciated by the delegates. The programme ended at 08:30 PM followed by dinner, which was sponsored by Sri V.Ramesh of Bhima’s Canteen, GITAM.

SECOND DAY 24-12-04
The second day’s programme started at 09:30 AM with the Key note address by Prof. S.K. Guha, Chair Professor, School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT, Kharagpur. During his lecture on ‘Biomedical Engineering in the Service of Humanity’ he explained about the male Contraceptive INJECTION which was developed and patented by him. This is a very effective and simple injection (without any side effects) with the contraceptive action lasting for more than a decade. This will be very useful in population control which is the need of the hour for India.

After tea break (10.30 AM), two parallel sessions started simultaneously in the Central Library auditorium and Ambedkar seminar hall. The parallel sessions resumed again at 02.00 PM after lunch break and continued till 03.30 PM.

VALEDICTORY FUNCTION:
The valedictory function was held at 04.00 PM in the Central Library auditorium. After prayer, Prof P.Ramesh, Chairman, NCBME-2004 welcomed the gathering and briefly explained about the two day deliberations. Dr E.Pedaveeraju, Professor and Head of the department of gastroenterology delivered the valedictory address. He has chronologically explained the development of GASTROSCOPY, stressing the most recent diagnostic procedures. It was in fact a very interesting lecture appreciated by one and all. Prof S.R.Kasturi of TIFR Bombay presided over the function and gave the concluding remarks. Dr M.V.V.S.Murthi, President, GITAM felicitated Prof S.K.Guha, a great Biomedical Engineer of our nation. Dr M.V.V.S. Murthi also gave away mementoes to Dr E. Pedaveeraju and Prof. S.R.Kasturi.

Prof S.K.Guha thanked Dr.M.V.V.S.Murthi for his felicitations and appreciated the initiative taken by him in developing GITAM to its present status. He also suggested to kick start a project “Technology for the health care of the masses” to develop economically feasible gadgets to take technology to the door step of the rural population of INDIA. Work in this direction has already started and a brief report is enclosed as a follow up to this.

Prof D.Elizabeth Rani, Head of the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation proposed a vote of thanks. The two day conference ended with the national anthem.

A word from the chairman, NCBME-2004.
In all, 10 sessions were conducted during the conference. Each session started with an Invited Talk by an eminent scientist. Thus, a total of about 65 scientific papers were presented during the conference (for details visit us at : www.gitam.edu , NCBME-2004).
I was able to conduct the conference successfully due to the full autonomy (financial and other) granted by Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi, President, GITAM for which I will ever be thankful to him.

I am sure that the project proposed by Prof. S.K. Guha (of IIT,Kharagpur) namely, “Technology for the health care of the masses” will successfully be completed with the support promised by Prof. S.R.Kasturi of TIFR, Bombay, Prof. A.G.Ramakrishnan of IISc, Bangalore, Prof. G.K.Prabhu of MIT, Manipal, Prof. M.Mukunda Rao of VIT, Vellore, Prof. Shankar Bhattacharya of Texas A& M University, Texas and Dr. V.Ramachandran of the IT Services of the City of Detroit, Detroit.

I will be failing in my duty if I do not thank our principal Prof. V.V. Kutumba Rao for his encouragement.

Puvvada Ramesh
CHAIRMAN, NCBME-2004 E-mail: puvvadar@yahoo.com