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shares her thought on the rising problems of waste management, specially when it comes to waste products generated from outdated electronic devices.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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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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Theater Workshop at Imperial College of Business Studies

Creative thought process is a continuous evolution process and its importance in management education is widely acknowledged. From business management perspective, when we talk about innovation, we simply promote the importance of creativity in business process.

Theater is an earlier version of creativity and it is still an important creative canvas which depicts the contemporary socio-cultural reflection of a society. Management students can get a good exposure to real-life creative thought process from this kind of Art. Imperial College of Business Studies organized such a Theater Workshop in its campus on 2nd of February, 2013. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Nav Kishlay, a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and Musician.

Mr. Nav Kishlay is a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and Musician

Mr. Nav Kishlay is a Professional coach, Trainer, Life skills coach, Hypnotherapist, Actor, Director, Writer and a Musician

Mr. Nav is a Certified Practitioner and Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) from David J Lincoln International, London, U.K. He is accredited by ANLP (Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming), India Chapter. He is also a certified Trainer in Train the Trainer courses for the same and is licensed to issue ANLP, India Chapter.

Talking about the Art of theater  the basic aspect of this Art is Acting and performance. In this workshop, the participants were shown a glimpse of the skill of theater through the concepts of emoting and body state. The methodologies used are Neuro-linguistic programming, Role play, Games, David Farmer dramatic Intervention.

Students are given their names and they start working on the workshop from the same day. This allows the individuals to work with the team and formulate their own opinion about the story, characters, script and narration.

There were some important out turns from the workshop. The students, if interested in this whole creative art, can get opportunity to work on this line of creative domain as mentioned below.

  • The participants who would be interested further to be a part of the group would get a chance to Perform with Group Called BEING at different places Like In The Pink & Rangashankara in Bangalore.
  • The participants would a chance to be a part of (as Actors, Directors, Script Writers, Musician, Pre & Post Production Members)
  • The Participants would get a chance to be a part of annual Full Length Play HUMMEIRAH which is slated to be performed at Rangashankara (Bangalore), Shri Ram Center((Delhi), Prtihvi Theater(Mumbai) from July 2013 to November 2013.

The students of Imperial College were overwhelmed to learn the Art of theater performance from a very different perspective.  This different technique of learning an Art can give a very different insight in honing one’s management skills as well. After all, management education is not only about developing one’s management skill, but it is more about understanding the whole management development process holistically and trying to use the best out of it. And Imperial College of Business Studies always emphasizes on this fact.

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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?)

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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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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