2nd Annual Director’s Meet

“Rethinking MBA Education”: this was the theme of discussion in the 2nd Annual Director’s meet @MBAuniverse.com, Bangalore Round table. The event saw presence of eminent Management Gurus, Educational Experts, visionaries, CXOs and Directors of some of the premier business institutions of India.  The event took place on 2nd of April, 2013 at Century Club, Bangalore.

The Meet witnessed presence of around 150 Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Presidents, directors, deans and decision makers from leading universities and B-Schools from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mysore, Madurai, Coimbatore and the entire Southern region.

Prominent speakers present in the meet were: Mr. D. Shiva Kumar (President-AIMA), Mr. Manish Sabharwal (Chairman-Team Lease Services), Mr Abhijit Bhaduri (Chief Learning Officer, WIPRO Group & Author of ‘Don’t Hire the Best’), Prof J Philip (Founder, XIME & Founder-President, AIMS and Directors), Prof William Verdini (Associate Dean and Director of External Relations, MYRA and  Prof Emeritus, Arizona State University).

The session started with the inaugural speech of Mr. Shiva Kumar on the theme of “Management Education at the Crossroads”. Highlighting the fact that management education has played a pivotal role in Indian business scenario in last few decades, he said, “Management education is about organizing simplicity in complexity. It makes you action orientated and reflects on issues. It creates entrepreneurs. It generates respect for consumer, customer, and partnerships”. Putting forth the urgent need to address the employability and introduction of skills in education as required by the market, Mr. Manish Sabharwal emphasized the need to rethink their “core purpose”. “B-schools that are only focusing on employability, whereas vocational training are facing a tough time”, he said.

Dr.Sylvia Ann Hewlett with Imperial College Faculties

Dr.Sylvia Ann Hewlett with Imperial College Faculties

“B-schools need to create more ‘depth’ in their curriculum”, Mr. Abhijit Bhaduri said, “A mere focus on soft-skills and other cosmetic tools will not help”. Prof. J Philip in his speech stated that there is no cause of worry for well-meaning B-schools, who are offering quality education. Prof William Verdini delivered a thought provoking speech on ‘International experiences on building B-school & corporate relationships & its application in Indian context’. Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Harvard Business Publishing author of 11 books on Talent Management & HR) in her key note address spoke about woman empowerment from business management perspective and the need to recognize and promote woman managers.

Following the discussion, Dr. Hari Krishna Maram, Founder CEO of Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore offered the vote of thanks for the successful event. The event was also attended by students from Imperial college of Business Studies-Bangalore who also contributed to the event by taking care of the registration process. Moreover, it was a good learning and intellectually stimulating session for the students and faculties of Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore.

“Rethinking MBA Education”: this was the theme of discussion in the 2nd Annual Director’s meet @MBAuniverse.com, Bangalore Round table. The event saw presence of eminent Management Gurus, Educational Experts, visionaries, CXOs and Directors of some of the premier business institutions of India.  The event took place on 2nd of April, 2013 at Century Club, Bangalore.

The Meet witnessed presence of around 150 Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Presidents, directors, deans and decision makers from leading universities and B-Schools from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mysore, Madurai, Coimbatore and the entire Southern region.

Prominent speakers present in the meet were: Mr. D. Shiva Kumar (President-AIMA), Mr. Manish Sabharwal (Chairman-Team Lease Services), Mr Abhijit Bhaduri (Chief Learning Officer, WIPRO Group & Author of ‘Don’t Hire the Best’), Prof J Philip (Founder, XIME & Founder-President, AIMS and Directors), Prof William Verdini (Associate Dean and Director of External Relations, MYRA and  Prof Emeritus, Arizona State University).

The session started with the inaugural speech of Mr. Shiva Kumar on the theme of “Management Education at the Crossroads”. Highlighting the fact that management education has played a pivotal role in Indian business scenario in last few decades, he said, “Management education is about organizing simplicity in complexity. It makes you action orientated and reflects on issues. It creates entrepreneurs. It generates respect for consumer, customer, and partnerships”. Putting forth the urgent need to address the employability and introduction of skills in education as required by the market, Mr. Manish Sabharwal emphasized the need to rethink their “core purpose”. “B-schools that are only focusing on employability, whereas vocational training are facing a tough time”, he said.

 Dr. Hari Krishna Maram at Second round table Director's meet MBAUniverse.com — at Century Club.


Dr. Hari Krishna Maram at Second round table Director’s meet MBAUniverse.com — at Century Club.

“B-schools need to create more ‘depth’ in their curriculum”, Mr. Abhijit Bhaduri said, “A mere focus on soft-skills and other cosmetic tools will not help”. Prof. J Philip in his speech stated that there is no cause of worry for well-meaning B-schools, who are offering quality education. Prof William Verdini delivered a thought provoking speech on ‘International experiences on building B-school & corporate relationships & its application in Indian context’. Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Harvard Business Publishing author of 11 books on Talent Management & HR) in her key note address spoke about woman empowerment from business management perspective and the need to recognize and promote woman managers.

Following the discussion, Dr. Hari Krishna Maram, Founder CEO of Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore offered the vote of thanks for the successful event. The event was also attended by students from Imperial college of Business Studies-Bangalore who also contributed to the event by taking care of the registration process. Moreover, it was a good learning and intellectually stimulating session for the students and faculties of Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore.

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Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles

Here is another entry in Students Article category of official blog of Imperial College. Ms. Rajeevi, a full-time student of Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore, shares her thought on the rising problems of waste management, specially when it comes to waste products generated from outdated electronic devices. Such waste products are not recyclable due to their obsolete usage and subsequent isolation in the backdrop of concurrent technological advancement. And as a result,  it arises severe environmental hazards. Read more about it below. Happy Reading !

Rajeevi, Student, Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore

Rajeevi, Student, Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore

Last year, two inspectors from California’s hazardous waste agency were visiting an electronics recycling company near Fresno for a routine review of paperwork when they came across a warehouse the size of a football field, packed with tens of thousands of old computer monitors and televisions.

The crumbling cardboard boxes, stacked in teetering rows, 9 feet high and 14 feet deep, were so sprawling that the inspectors needed cell phones to keep track of each other. The layer of broken glass on the floor and the lead-laden dust in the air was so thick that the inspectors soon left over safety concerns. Weeks later, the owner of the recycling company disappeared, abandoning the waste, and leaving behind a toxic hazard and a costly cleanup for the state and the warehouse’s owner.

As recently as a few years ago, broken monitors and televisions like those piled in the warehouse were being recycled profitably. The big, glassy funnels inside these machines — known as cathode ray tubes, or CRTs — were melted down and turned into new ones.

But flat-screen technology has made those monitors and televisions obsolete, decimating the demand for the recycled tube glass used in them and creating what industry experts call a “glass tsunami” as stockpiles of the useless material accumulate across the country.

The predicament has highlighted how small changes in the marketplace can suddenly transform a product into a liability and demonstrates the difficulties that federal and state environmental regulators face in keeping up with these rapid shifts.

“Lots of smaller recyclers are in over their heads, and the risk that they might abandon their stockpiles is very real,” said Jason Linnell of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse, an organization that represents state environmental regulators, electronics manufacturers and recyclers. In February, the group sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking for immediate help dealing with the rapidly growing stockpiles of the glass, much of which contains lead.

With so few buyers of the leaded glass from the old monitors and televisions, recyclers have collected payments from states and electronics companies to get rid of the old machines. A small number of recyclers have developed new technology for cleaning the lead from the tube glass, but the bulk of this waste is being stored, sent to landfills or smelters, or disposed of in other ways that experts say are environmentally destructive.

In 2004, recyclers were paid more than $200 a ton to provide glass from these monitors for use in new cathode ray tubes. The same companies now have to pay more than $200 a ton to get anyone to take the glass off their hands.

So instead of recycling the waste, many recyclers have been storing millions of the monitors in warehouses, according to industry officials and experts. The practice is sometimes illegal since there are federal limits on how long a company can house the tubes, which are environmentally dangerous. Each one can include up to eight pounds of lead.

The scrap metal industry estimates that the amount of electronic waste has more than doubled in the past five years.

A little over a decade ago, there were at least 12 plants in the United States and 13 more worldwide that were taking these old televisions and monitors and using the cathode ray tube glass to produce new tubes. But now, there are only two plants in India doing this work.

In 2009, after television broadcasters turned off their analog signals nationwide in favor of digital, millions of people threw away their old televisions and replaced them with sleeker flat-screen models. Since then, thousands of pounds of old televisions and other electronic waste have been surreptitiously unloaded at landfills in Nevada and Ohio and on roadsides in California and Maine.

Most experts say that the larger solution to the growing electronic waste problem is for technology companies to design products that last longer, use fewer toxic components and are more easily recycled. Much of the industry, however, seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

Cathode ray tubes have been largely replaced by flat panels that use fluorescent lights with highly toxic mercury in them, said Jim Puckett, director of Basel Action Network, an environmental advocacy group. Used panel screens from LCD televisions and monitors, for example, do not have much recycling value; so many recyclers are sending them to landfills.

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Sports League at Imperial College of Business Studies

“True Heroes not only read, sing and dance but also play sports, so it is your turn to be a sport star at Imperial College”.

This was the essence behind four days of mind-boggling, mettlesome and exciting sports event organized at Imperial College of Business Studies campus at Bangalore. Having commenced on 5th of March, this event witnessed a lot of energy pouring out from the enthusiastic student participants in various categories of sports.

On 4th of March, the student managers nominated their team members and competitors through card-drawing process. The essence behind this card drawing effort was to ensure an equal to equity based transparent participation in the various sports event.

The different sports categories included the following games:

Sports League at Imperial College of Business Studies

Sports League at Imperial College of Business Studies

Caroms ,Table Tennis, Chess, Badminton, On 5th of March, the sports league event was kick-started by the league matches for Carom competition. After a daylong mind-blowing competition, two teams got through the finals of Carom.

Team 1: Anurag Sharma and Siddharth Chauhan

Team 2: Surya and Subham

On 6th of March, Chess competition was held and a total of 9 teams competed under this sports category. Four students entered into the semi-final: Mr. Swaroop, Mr. Nasir, Mr. Praveen and Mr. Sukumar.

In the table tennis tournament, an intense competition prevailed in the league matches and finally Mr. Varun and Mr. Siddarth Chauhan entered into the Finals of Table Tennis.

On 9th of March, the grand finals of all the indoor games took place. After much expected tough and invigorating competition, the following student managers came out with flying colors as the final winners. The final winners are:

Chess Final Winner: Swaroop

Caroms Final Winner: Subham and Surya

Table Tennis Final Winner: Siddhartha

Badminton Final Winner: Subham (Boys) and Seetha (Girls Category)

The four days of this sports event were quite a delightful experience for the student managers. They participated, competed and supported their fellow participants which created a very resonating and rejuvenating atmosphere in the campus. The nitty-gritty of this sports event was creations of a healthy competition and participation with a good team spirit. It was a good lesson in terms of team management and group dynamics. The token of appreciation also goes to the organizers who did a wonderful job by carrying out the event without much hassle. Overall, it was a much delightful, unforgettable and good learning lesson for the student managers at Imperial College of Business Studies. The happiness and the fun element that was insinuated from this event will linger in the minds of the students and the whole Imperial College fraternity for quite a long time.

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AIMA 7th National Brand Summit on “Challenges of Rebuilding Brand India.”

All India Management Association (AIMA) organized the 7th edition of its annual National Brand Summit here in Bangalore on 5th of Feb. The theme of this year’s summit was “Challenges of Rebuilding Brand India.

The summit was started with the opening speech of Ms. RekhaSethi, Director General of AIMA. Welcome speech was delivered by Dr. D. Shiva Kumar, President, AIMA, Senior VP-IMEA, Nokia. “Brand India has immense potential. The responsibility of building brand India is the collective one that involves the Government, the corporate sector, the public institutions, media, society at large and individual in particular. Each of us has a critical role to play and we should take that responsibility seriously”, he said. Ms. Meera Hairsh, Summit Chairperson, VP-Sales & Marketing, Tata Coffee Limited said, “Brand India cannot be an advertising slogan. It has to be a nation lit up by a billion dreams and actions.”

Imperial college at All India Management Association's7th edition of its annual National Brand Summit

Imperial college at All India Management Association’s 7 th edition of its annual National Brand Summit

Session 1:

Session started by Mr. Ranjan Malik, Director & Partner Consultant, Erehwon Innovation Consulting on the topic “The Role Of Industry In Rebuilding Brand India”. He shared his experience about the top 10 country brands and important variables.

Session II

Session speaker was Mr. D Shiva Kumar. He explained about the forces that will shape a country brand. Media, travel and social media are the main forces on today and he concluded his session by collective responsibility associations and metrics.

Session III

Speaker Mr. Bhaskar Bhat talked on Perception as the main objective for Rebuilding Brand India. Each country has its own individual perception may be on sliding growth rates, social issues, software genius many more.

Session IV

Speaker Mr. Harshan Bhogle, Cricket Commentator, Journalist, Author. His topic was Sports on Rebuilding Brand India, and he was telling sports are reality because in sports we can’t act. At present, youth can rebuild brand India through sports in which image of the country depends. He said, “The inherent power of sport is enormous. It is your escape into the real world. The way you play sport displays your cultural root. People use sport as image building tool.”

Session V

Speaker of this session was Ms. Vasundhara Das, Singer, Composer, Actress, and Entrepreneur. She delivered a talk on the topic of Media on Brand India. Objective on entertainment is to constitute of music, dance and acting. It involves entire ecosystem like technician, designer, beautician, director and producer.”We as Indians are at a time in history where we as individuals, part of a larger population- define how the world views us a nation. The way we conduct ourselves, the way we take pride in our culture and heritage, the way we forge new paths into the future taking our unique past with us- this is what will define how the world will perceive us in the years to come.”

Session VI

This session was about “The Role of the Youth in Rebuilding Brand India” and the speakers are Mr. Vishal Talreja, Founder & CEO – Dream A Dream, Mr. Aditi Bhat, Former VP, Operations, AIESEC, Lawyer with the Supreme court and Mr. Sanjay Vijay Kumar, Co- Founder & CEO, MobME Wireless Solutions.

The summit witnessed a number of corporate scholars, Branding experts and people from different arena of the corporate and industries. Faculties and students from Imperial Collage of Business Studies also attended the summit and interacted with the corporate big shots  It has been a consistent effort of Imperial College of Business Studies to provide its students maximum corporate/industrial exposure. This summit was a memorable and significant event for the ICBS students in terms of their learning and enlightenment with practical wisdom from industrial experts, Gurus and entrepreneurs.

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It’s Placement Time at Imperial College of Business Studies !!

Placement season has arrived at Imperial College of Business Studies with a boom! RICTS, a fast growing Global Business Process Delivery Company conducted its process and selected 15 students from ICBS. The process took place on 17th of November, 2012.

RICTS basically provides business consulting services in marketing, information, web development, IT Services, BPO services and softwares. It is a leading provider of offshore business process outsourcing solutions to the Global clients. RICTS aims to build lasting relationships with its clients based on consistent high-quality service delivery, trust and confidence.

The interview process was conducted in three different rounds. First round was a written test after which there was a group discussion round. Finally students were selected on the basis of personal interviews. There were 35 students who applied for the process and 15 students were selected for on-board services at RICTS. The students were given various profiles in the field of Marketing, Human Resources  and so on.

GE is another company that conducted placement process at  Imperial College. GE installed India’s first hydro power plant in 1902. Today, all of GE’s global businesses have a presence in India. The company participates in a wide range of manufacturing, services and technology businesses in the country. GE’s revenues in India are approximately US $ 2.8 billion. It exports over $1 billion in products and services. Employment across India exceeds 14,500.

Another company visiting the campus was Ripples Learning. Ripples learning is a premier organization in workshop designing and it has identified specific competency areas which impact success at work. Its Competency Development Titles include cutting edge workshops designed to address areas of specific interest, such as personal effectiveness, leadership and communication. The workshops are carefully designed to challenge participants’ thinking and create significant shifts that empower individuals.

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Workshop on Image Management at Imperial College of Business Studies

An exciting workshop on Image Management by Eragam Institution was organized at Imperial College campus on 12th of January, 2013. Image management has become quite an important factor in the present corporate world. The decision making process, most of the time, revolves around individual perceptions and image management is the one solution that have the key to deliver good results in terms of personal accomplishment while working in an organization.

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon was the chief speaker in the event. She is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual. She has been an air-hostess trainer, specialized in soft skills and social skills refinement. She is well-travelled and informed on inter-cultural values.

Ms. Kavitha started the session by explaining the concepts of image management and aspects of image consultancy. Major aspects, as she mentioned, are Artistic Dress Style, Psychological, Physical, Social, Wardrobe, and Personal Style.

Talking about Self-Image, she explained that it represents an individual’s hope, dream or thought. It may consist of three different types: Self-image as seen by an individual to himself or herself, Self-image resulting from how others see one individual and self-image resulting from what one perceiv

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon  is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual

Ms. Kavitha Kahlon is a lead Image consultant at Eragam Institutions. She has extensive experience in image building of an individual

es of what others see him/her.

Ms. Kavitha explained how self-image can go through various process of development and how often one suffer from loss of positive self-image from various hurdles of life. She reflected the essence of education in resurrecting and redeveloping positive self-image from such loss. Moreover, person like Teachers, Mentors can restore the image which loose in some situation and that is how one can make failures into success. Ms. Kavitha, in this context, also gave a few tips on the importance of positive self-image like how to replace criticism with encouragement, remove negative thought and focus on what one CAN do, not what one cannot

She concluded the session by giving suggestion on how to improve self-image in daily life. It can be by changing one’s clothing style, skin care, good haircut, maintaining body odor and acne. maintaining proper self-image brings happiness.

It was a very interactive session on self-development for the student of Imperial College of Business Studies. The attentively attended the session and enthusiastically participated in the discussion that followed.

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Student Speak : How to Give a Speech by Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

You’ve already prepared and rehearsed your presentation. Now the big day has arrived. 

Here’s what you can do to give a speech you can be proud of.

Shwetha.S (PGDM - 2nd Year)

Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

 Arrive early

Check out the room. Make adjustments to the seating and lighting, if necessary. Test the microphone, if you’re going to be using one. Set up and test your audiovisual equipment. Speak to the person who’s going to introduce you. Greet people as they arrive and begin establishing a connection with them. (Leaders take responsibility not just for their speeches, but for the event.)

Adjust your attitude
Remember that the audience wants you to succeed. (What audience really wants to sit through a boring or incoherent talk?) And remind yourself that you want your audience to succeed. (Your proposal or idea is going to help them solve a problem, achieve a goal, or satisfy a need, right?)

Smile
Even before you begin your speech, people will be looking you over, checking you out. Look confident – even if you don’t feel it – and excited – as opposed to fearful – and you’ll start on the right foot.

Walk to the podium with confidence
When you’re introduced, walk confidently to the podium and shake the hand of the person who introduced you.

Establish your space
If you’re speaking from the podium, set your notes down. Adjust the microphone so it points to your mouth. Plant your feet. Take a breath. Look up. Take another breath. (This sounds like a lot to do, but it only takes 5 or 10 seconds.) If you’re speaking without a podium, walk to where you want to stand. Plant your feet. Take a breath. Look at your audience. Take another breath.

Connect with your audience
Look at your audience one person at a time. Don’t address the audience as a whole. Speak to individuals. Look at one person. Establish eye contact. And speak to that person for 5 to 7 seconds. Then find someone else to look at and repeat the process.

Speak from notes or memory
Don’t read your text. And, if you’re using PowerPoint, don’t read your slides. You will bore everyone – including yourself – to death. Use the PowerPoint slides, an outline, handouts, or 3 by 5 cards to jog your memory. Remember, your aim is to communicate a message, not say each and every word you planned on speaking.

Speak as if you are holding an animated conversation
Say “I” and “you.” Anything else – “this speaker” or “yours truly” – sounds pompous. Avoid saying “you,” however, in a judgmental or blaming context. (Almost any statement that begins with “you people” is bound to end badly.) Speak in language, images, and terms that the audience readily understands. If you need to use jargon, define it immediately unless you are absolutely convinced that every person in your audience understands it.

Be yourself
If you have a good sense of humor, use it. If you’re a wonderful storyteller, by all means tell a story. Never imitate another speaker, even a good one. You’ll sound – and feel – phony. Don’t try to be unique or interesting. Be as fully and completely yourself, unrestrained by your fears and desire to please others, and you will be both unique and interesting.
If you make a mistake, apologize and go on. Laugh at yourself and your audience will love you for it,

Convey yourself – your feelings and commitment – not just your content
Dale Carnegie wrote, “There are three cardinal rules of public speaking:
1) Speak about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or study.
2) Be excited about your subject.
3) Be eager to share your talk with your listeners.”

– Shwetha.S (PGDM – 2nd Year)

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