Remember me when you are alone
In your forever story, my footprints are bygone
Leaving you with memories of playful pleasures
Wake up to a new tomorrow of worldly adventures
Keep me in your heart with an unconscious mind
I will flow through you with an essence far behind
Tears might bother reality and hopes to embrace
You will always be…in my remembrance
– Poulami Mondal
IIT Kharagpur mourns the loss of our beloved Alumni Shri. Ashish Mukherjee, 1980, B.Tech Electrical from Azad Hall at the age of 64 on 4th December at 3am. His career reads like an incredible journey, from analog video to IP streaming. After schooling in the Caribbean, Ashish graduated as an Electrical Engineer from IIT-Kharagpur. Before co-founding Benchmark Broadcast, he worked as an engineer in ORG Systems, and in Sales at Wipro Information Technology Ltd.
He founded Benchmark Broadcast Systems with a vision to continue exploring innovative technology for client needs. His pioneering solutions for digitization ushered in a new era for the Asian broadcast industry. Under his leadership, Benchmark Broadcast brought non-linear editing and web-browser based newsroom to Asia. In partnership with CTO, Ramesh Babu, he also introduced the first complete Storage Area Network (SAN) based TV station online and implemented a Virtual Studio System in early 2000, the first in Asia. He successfully expanded Benchmark’s System Integration capabilities to several ASEAN countries with large value projects at TV5 and UNTV in the Philippines and multiple projects in Bangladesh.
Mr. Mukherjee indulged in commercial activities, which includes business development, product sales, account development, sales engineering, marketing and partnerships, in India, and North, South and Southeast Asian regions. As CEO, he also looks after overall group performance, short-term tactics, and long-term strategies. Most of all, he enjoys working with talented and hard-working individuals who give Benchmark Broadcast an edge in the industry.
From concept to commissioning, Benchmark specialized in end-to-end solutions that are customized to clients’ organisational goals and emphasized on sustainability, future readiness, and operational context such as region, feasibility, and economy. The pioneers of cutting-edge technology, the company is the first in Asia to bring complete Storage Area Network (SAN) based TV station online and are renowned to upgrade, migrate and expand existing systems, and build new broadcast environments from scratch. Benchmark was the first to bring non-linear editing and web browser-based newsroom to the region with fully automated digital workflow to Asian broadcast. Their consultancy services provides detailed road maps for every step of the system integration and broadcast set-up process which gives clients the freedom to choose their own service providers and also provides ongoing maintenance and support services for operations, and personnel training services to equip client teams.
Benchmark Broadcast Systems was founded in 1988 with a vision to providing clients solutions that are robust, realistic, resource efficient, and adaptive. The team of experts combines industry experience, passion for new technology, and design thinking at every step to ensure every aspect of our clients’ business is well-served and are also product agnostic which means our suggested technology is objectively the best possible solution for our clients’ needs.
The broadcasting system completed in record time first of its kind DTH monitoring solution for Dialog TV DTH and partnered project to deliver the largest workplace transformation of the decade in the MENA region for Aljazeera News Channel. They also undertook newsroom upgradation for Singapore’s largest media conglomerate and national public broadcaster known as Mediacorp and provided innovative solutions for process automation and data integration with Vizrt and proprietary middleware for CNBC Indonesia. Benchmark Broadcast Systems also indulged in facility design, installation, and commissioning for Papua New Guinea’s newest digital free-to-view network for Astro Arena Malaysia and partnered a project to develop Bangladesh’s first IPTV service offered by IPS brand MiME known as MiME Bangladesh
Reminiscing the memories, Prof. Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, Head, Electrical Engineering expressed, “Brings back so many memories. Yes, he was tech passionate, as I recall. Had computer and software businesses and related to instrumentation, process control etc. too. Reminds me of another tech-passionate tall alumnus Siddhartha Bose, who is no more. I convey condolences as the HoD of EE and also a fellow Azadian.”
In remembrance of Shri. Ashish Mukherjee, his Alma Mater mourns in sadness after hearing the news of his demise. Our sincere condolences to his bereaved family. May almighty give enough strength to his family to bear this irreplaceable loss. We pray for eternal peace of his departed soul. He will always be remembered in our thoughts, prayers and action.
By : Poulami Mondal, Digital & Creative Media Executive (Creative Writer)
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