Imperial Fest

Annual fête at Imperial College: Evolution’13

Following the successful Annual Sports League organized at Imperial College of Business Studies-Bangalore, the campus witnessed one more spectacular event of the year: Evolution 2013-Break the Ice. The event encompassed a number of contests and students activities including Business Plan Contest, Mock Roadies Contest, Photography and treasure hunt. The event took place on 15th and 16th of March and was concluded on the annual day of Imperial College organized on 22nd of March.

All the events took place under supervision of Ms. Nisha Chand (Assistant Professor and Event Co-coordinator) and contributed by the students of MBA first year of Imperial College. The event details are mentioned below.

Day-1: 15th March

Photography Competition:

A total of 30 students participated in the photography contest. In the contest, they were given one hour of time frame and the theme was “Expression”. The contest was judged by Mr. Abhinav Kamal and Mrs. Aruna Dooraisamy. The winners were:

1. Mr Nawshad –MBA

2. Mr. Swaroop – PGDM

3. Mr. Surya – BBM

Mock roadies:

 The mock roadies was conducted in three rounds: Group discussion, Written Test and Personal Interview. A total of 20 students participated and Judges were: Mr. Nav Kishalay and Mrs. Aruna Dooraisamy.

Winners: 1. Ms. Geeta – PGDM

2. Mr. Swaroop – PGDM & Mr. Karamshil – MBA

3. Mr. Sudharshanam – BBM & Mr. Subham

Day-2: 16th March

Business Plan:

Business Plan theme given was “Online Investment” and totally 8 teams participated. Judge was Dr. Hari Krishna Maram. The winners were:

  1. Mr.Sudhakar
  2. Mr. Sudharshanam

Treasure Hunt:

For treasure hunt contest, the location was in and around BTM-Layout. Winners were:

1. Mr. Hansie Bernad, Mr. Siddhartha and Mr. Sudharshana

2. Mr. Sudhakar, Mr. Mr. Manikanta and Mr. Manoj

3. Mr. Arshad, Mr. Sheik Irfan and Mr. Sukumar

Annual Day Celebration:

And finally, the most awaited “Annual Day of Imperial College” was celebrated on 22nd of March, 2013. This event was spectacular in terms of the multi-talented showcase of various cultural activities by the students of Imperial College.  Inaugurated by CEO Dr. Hari Krishna Maram, the event saw presence of a host of guests which includes Mrs. Ganga Bhavani Maram, Mrs. Aruna Dooraisamy, Mr. Nav Kishlay, Prof. Sonika Sharma, Ms. Vernica and Mr. Animesh. Prof. Sonika Sharma, Dean of Imperial College, gave the welcome speech.

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Mr. and Ms. Imperial Winner, 2013

A Welcome dance was performed by MBA and PGDM students (Ms. Seeta and Ms. Geeta). This was followed by a number of individual and team performances in the various categories of events which includes MIME Show, Dance, Skit, fashion show and so on.

Dr. Hari Krishna Maram addressed the students with an enthusiastic speech appreciating the collecting effort of the students in making the show a successful one. Finally, the prize distribution ceremony took place and the guests conferred the prizes to the successful students. The final vote of thanks was given by Assistant professor and event-coordinator Ms. Nisha Chand. The winner of Mr. Imperial title was Mr. Varun Neil Das(MBA) and Ms. Imperial title was won by Ms. Geeta Rani(PGDM).

Overall, the month of March was a very lively for Imperial College campus. The month witnessed a number of students’ activities including sports week, cultural events and annual day celebration. These moments will be cherished as golden and memorable moments of Imperial College in the days to come.

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E-Waste

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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Cooking Competition at IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDIES

A cooking competition was organized at Imperial college of Business Studies-Bangalore campus on 19th January, 2013. The competition was to promote the essence of group dynamics among the students in a competitive environment. A certain set of rules and regulations were set for the participants.

The competition was judged by Chief Guest Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram, Director Imperial College Of Business Studies, Jayanagar. She is an active management professional also involve in NGO activities like Lion’s International, Managing Partner, Vision India and PT Education. The final judgment was done on the basis of the Presentation, Taste, Hygiene, Time Management and Team Management. The students actively participated in this intra-college event and enjoyed exploring their culinary talents.

A total of 5 teams participated in the competition and each team had 6 members. The Competition was all about “Cooking without Fire” where one could have prepared three dishes according to their wish, which should include one drink, one sweet dish and one spicy dish.

The Rules were as stated below-

“Teams are not supposed to use any kind of Heater/ Stove/ Owen to prepare the food. Even chopping vegetables are not allowed before the competition starts. Only 2 hours will be given to each team to make these dishes.”

The final winners of the Cooking Competition with Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram (left) and Dr. Maram Sir (right)

The final winners of the Cooking Competition with Ms. Ganga Bhavani Maram (left) and Dr. Maram Sir (right)

The final winners were:

1. Suneel Kumar Chauhan
2. Swathi Vinayak
3. Venkateshwaralu
4. Mohasina Kausar

 

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Industrial Visit: Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

Industrial Visit imparts practical wisdom of theoretical learning.  At Imperial College of Business Studies, Industrial Visit occupies an important part of the overall teaching methodology. Reinforcing to this unique approach, students and faculty from Imperial College of Business Studies visited Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited on 20th of November,2012.

Student managers of Imperial College of Business Studies at  Industrial Visit session : Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

Student managers of Imperial College of Business Studies at the Industrial Visit session : Karnataka Soaps and Detergents

We bring you a short note from the visit. 

Mysore Sandal Soap is a brand of soap manufactured by the Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL), a company owned by the Government of Karnataka in India. This soap has been manufactured since 1916 when Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the king of Mysore set up the Government Soap Factory in Bangalore. The primary motivation for setting up the factory was the excessive sandalwood reserves that the Mysore Kingdom had which could not be exported to Europe because of the First World War. In 1980, KSDL was incorporated as a company by merging the Government Soap Factory with the sandal oil factories at Shimoga and Mysore. Mysore Sandal Soap is the only soap in the world made from 100% pure sandalwood oil. KSDL owns a proprietary Geographical indication (GI) tag on the Mysore sandal soap which gives it intellectual property rights to use the brand name, to ensure quality and also prevent piracy and unauthorized use by other manufacturers.

A session was conducted by Mr. Venkatesha Gowda, Deputy General Manager,  R&D of KSDL. He explained about the manufacturing processes and marketing system of Mysore sandal products. He said the company was a strong market player in the Gulf, Singapore and Malaysian markets. The products of Karnataka soap and detergents are exported to different parts of India in larger level. Moreover, the company is reported to have done business of Rs 205 crore in the last year and expected to reach about Rs. 260 crore in the current financial year, with a growth of 25 to 30 per cent year-on-year.

The overall experience was full of knowledge and fun for the student managers of ICBS.

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Vision of the Vice Chairman, Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore

Dr. Hari Krishna Maram is the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore. He is a recognized educationist and a visionary. An alumnus of ISB, he is associated with a number of entities in education and social service sectors such as Global Career Solutions (Director), Vision India Group (CMD), Bangalore West Lions (Trustee) and Managing Committee – BMA. In this interview, he talks about MBA education in India, its’ future and he gives us an insightful understanding of the methodological approach of

Dr. Hari Krishna Maram is the founder, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore.

MBA education, as imparted by Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore

Q: How do you feel about the essence of MBA education at present? From Indian perspective, how much relevant it is?

CMD: The face of Business Education will Change in the days to come, and it will be better aligned with the new realities of the world. Management Education in India is facing intellectual dominance, (Such as) ideas, concepts, theoretical constructs and case studies of the West (led by United States).

Q: The Number of B-Schools in India has been increasing every year. How do you think ICBS can contribute significantly amongst this increasing number of business schools in India?

CMD: Today in India, we have roughly 4500 business schools. We, at ICBS, focus on moulding character & career of each student. We believe in producing graduates who are equipped to meet the challenges of these re-defined expectations of Business Leaderships.

Q: Please mention a few points about the pedagogy followed at Imperial College of Business Studies, Bangalore.

CMD: ICBS provided experiential learning opportunities for students in practical courses and projects including providing support and mentoring. The experiential learning programme offers students an opportunity to apply their in-class learning to address live business issues, planning an Entrepreneurial venture in practical and to develop their own business ideas.

Q: Almost all the MBA aspirants face dilemma regarding work experience. Fresher often thinks people without work-ex doesn’t get enough opportunity in final placement and people having work experience often get confused about relevancy of their work experience. What is your view?

CMD: The belief is that given the work experience, the students would acquire managerial wisdom while they complete their MBA programme. This mechanism has however been found to give uncertain results. It is not uncommon to find that students (who are) fresh out of college pass outs with better managerial wisdom than those with several years of work experience.

Q: How ICBS educates/motivates the students so that they can offer spectacular contribution to the corporates.

CMD: Industry expects management graduates to have adequate leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Without these skills, a graduate’s value is considerably diminished as companies require managers who can take charge of tasks and teams and not just people with considerable knowledge and spreadsheet skills. We, at ICBS, focus not only to equip the students with skills, we also impart ethics and strong sense of social responsibility among the students.

Q: What is your view on entrepreneurship? How Imperial College of Business Studies promotes entrepreneurship among the students?

CMD: We, at ICBS encourage our students to think like entrepreneurs. We promoted our students to start our College Cafeteria as a first step. We, are not much interested to become only placement agencies. Imperial college is a place where leadership is promoted and nurtured with long-term vision, to make business sustainable and socially relevant. Our students have to demonstrate competence, leadership character and sympathy for the needy.

We wish Imperial College of Business Studies all the best ! Let the college grow as one the favorite destination for the top students seeking Best management education in Bangalore in particular.