National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR)
was registered under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Public
Societies Registration Act, 1350 Fasli (Act I of 1350F) on the 21st
day of June, 1983.
In this 50th year of Indian
Independence, we are remembering some of India’s pioneer’s role in
promoting Amateur Radio. It is a difficult task to bring out every
detail of the numerous past achievements, however some special events
& achievements in the past in the promotion of Amateur Radio in the
country are highlighted here. The Amateur population in India which was
around 1500 (in 1982 before NIAR was established) has raised to nearly
15,000 through its consistent promotional activities. This is ten fold
A peoples movement in Information
Technology is launched by NIAR.
1971-Members of HAL Amateur Radio Club,
Ex-servicemen Association, members of the HAL Workers Union together
organised a “Jawans Stall” at Secunderabad Railway station under the
leadership of Mr. S. Suri.
1972-Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister
received a cheque of Rs. 30,000/- from Mr. Suri representing HAL,
Hyderabad division. The autograph by her was in 1978 after presenting a
report on Hams role in Morvi disaster. ( pic on back cover)
1975-Registration of A.P. Amateur Radio
1976-A.P Govt. constituted a committee
under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Technical Education, Employment &
Training with Director, Employees & Training and Director, Technical
Education. This committee after going through lot of process and
discussions with Mr. Suri, the founder gave a report on the usefulness
of Ham’s during natural calamities and other areas and on APARS to
Government of AP. Later Mr. T.Anjaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister approved
several proposals including the release of first AP grant of Rs.1,00,000
1982-A major All India Hamvention was
conducted by APARS at Hyderabad which was attended by former prime
minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi , VU2 RG.
APARS provided Amateur Radio network
during the 9th Asian games - Asiad’82 held at New Delhi.
1983-APARS provided communication network
at the Common Wealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) held at Goa.
A team of three members led by Mrs.
Bharathi Prasad, VU2 RBI operated expedition station at Lakshadweep
NIAR was established. Mr. V.N.
Gadgil the then Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, GOI,
Mr. S. Suri, VU2MY the Executive
Vice-chairman & Director, NIAR was sent on global tour for two months to
study many international Amateur Radio organisations. This was approved
by Mrs. Indira Gandhi as Minister for Electronics & Prime Minister.
NIAR emerged as a National Organisation in
promotion of Amateur Radio. Dept. of Electronics, Govt. of India
decided to recognise it as an Apex organisation and funding it to the
tune of Rs. 95 lakhs.
1984-Established NIAR office at P.S. Nagar.
(Mr. Suri’s residence)
1985-Shifted NIAR office to Road No.1,
1986-Constructed own buildings and moved
NIAR office to Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad.
Participated in RSGB (UK) and AMSAT (UK)
1987-NIAR conducted a major Dxpedition to
Andaman & Nicobar Islands with a team of 30 members lead by Mrs. Bharati
Prasad, VU2 RBI. She became number one among woman Hams and was Awarded
World wide “DX”er and “ Ambassador on the Air,” by USA.
1987 ~ 1992 - All India Hamvention held at
1988-International Amateur Radio Union
President and two other representatives visited NIAR.
1989-2nd Laccadives Dxpedition
was conducted by NIAR with a team of 5 members lead by Mr. S.Suri VU2
1991-Major Policy -
Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) as an activity under Work Experience from
Class-IX onwards in all CBSE affiliated schools.
1993-Acquired office buildings at Delhi
and started expanding NIAR activities in North India.
1993-Mr. S.K. Arora, IAS, became,
chairman. A team of 3 members under his leadership with Mr. M.G. Gopal,
IAS and Mr. S. Suri VU2MY visited Japan and other South East Asian
countries. Interacted with officials of IARU, JARL and others.
1994-Colloboration with Rajiv Gandhi
Foundation and establishment of R.G. Amateur Radio Club.
1994-Major All India Hamvention held at
Bangalore. Many politicians, IAS, IPS, representive of R.G.F are among
the dignitaries who attended.
1994-NIAR receives “Golden Antenna” from
German & Dutch Society - Mr. S.K. Arora, IAS represented, NIAR at Bad
Bentheim, Germany in the presence of Indian Embassy officials and other
high dignitaries including the Mayor.
1995-Major All India Conference at Delhi.
Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, MP, Rajya Sabha who is also highly qualified
person in India took over as Chairman.
He was, MP, Rajya Sabha also a former IPS/IAS,
Ex-MLA, Minister,is the forerunner to take up amateur radio activities
in Melghat areas and in a school in Nagpur and has organised a major
Amateur Radio club at Nagpur.
1996-MPLAD scheme approves setting up
Amateur Radio clubs in schools.
1997-Mr. N. Vittal recommended Public
Sector Enterprises to establish Amateur Radio Clubs in their schools.
ONGC, IOC Gujarat Refinery have already taken up and some more are on
1997~98-The Govt. of India entrusts a
study of Socio-Economic Viability of Village Public Telephones to NIAR
which was successfully completed.
NIAR participated in National Council for
Emergency Managers (NCCEM), Global Forum of Natural Disaster Reduction (GFNDR)
at Phoenix, USA and Disaster-98 at Orlardo, USA.
NIAR has reached an MOU with Disaster
Emergency Resource Agency (DERA) USA to work out some details for
further improvements in taking up Emergency Management areas through
The Electronic Media and the press
has been quoting APARS AND NIAR activities extensively since 1970. Door
Darshan had telecast Video produced by NIAR (22 Minutes) in its prime
time channels as well as in News coverages.
The Indian and International press
gave coverage to all NIAR’s major achievements. Some magazines even gave
front page coverage making NIAR’s events as main news.
During this period several prominent
leaders, eminent persons & Hams, people all walks of life from India and
Abroad have visited NIAR and appreciated its activities.
Similarly NIAR had sponsored 17 members in
all to several international Meetings / Conferences / Hamventions /
Seminars, since 1975.
We at NIAR thanks all its members for
rendering their enormous support and encouragement to all its activities
over the years. NIAR has reinstated its commitment on the eve of 50
years of Indian Independence and 15 years of NIAR in Nation Building
activities by service through Amateur Radio.*