“JAL HI JEEVAN HAI”; Most of us if not all must have forgotten this very popular saying just like most of our primary school poems. What makes this saying relevant till this date is the contemporary issue of scarce resources. A lot have been said and printed in media about this issue, but little has been done at grass root level to address this issue of scarcity of water. If you ask anyone in so called enlightened lot of people, how you will address the problem of water, you can hear a majority of them referring to water harvesting. But the problem is that, no one knows how exactly they are going to do “Water Harvesting”. For long we have carried this label of which few refers to as “the learned illiterate”, but no more. Fifteen of our students set on the journey to a small village named Bhondsi on the out skirts of the millennium city Gurgaon. Destination was the centre of NavJoyti foundation in the village where they met the super cop of India Dr. Kiran Bedi. The gathering was a best sample of Indian population with majority of youth including us. Many children from some private school in Gurgaon had also joined. It looked like a parliament minus all the pepper and chilies.
The discussion started with sarchpanchs of various villages briefing on the various water harvesting projects they undertook. They also threw light on the technical glitches they faced in various projects. The most prominent among the projects was check dams, recharge well, etc which helped in improving the water level in the villages. These simple solutions showed that we don’t need any magical wands for harvesting water. A mere power of will and community support is enough. NavJoyti Foundation also promised to help provide men and women by imparting technical training in the field of water harvesting. Many Big names have pledged to help the noble cause such as TATA housing project which have promised to provide technical knowhow to the people free of cost. The stretch of the influence of such small a small initiative speaks a lot in itself.
The name NavJoyti- A New Flame – for a better life is true to its core. It ignited a fire in my soul and body to harvest water and help people.
Institute of Management studies (IMS) Ghaziabad is organizing Yellow Belt Program on Quality and Lean Six Sigma in association with IIT Kanpur and Experts Hub
IMS Ghaziabad organized Samaagam – 2014, An Inter Departmental Academic Fest of PGDM Programme on February 26, 2014. Over 500 students took part, representing the whole PGDM batch. It was inaugurated by Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director, IMS Ghaziabad at 10:00 AM at IMS Lal Quan Campus. Dr. Makkar congratulated and encouraged he students for the initiative and advised them to keep this spirit up. Various PGDM Departments such as Finance, Marketing, HR and Operations have conducted one event each. The sequence of the events conducted in the fest as follows:
The Department of Operations Management floated “Technopreneur”. The idea was based on the fact that innovative business ideas are very much in demand by the industry. The technology also plays a crucial role which cannot be ignored. “Technopreneur” provides a platform to our budding managers to share their ideas before a panel of judges drawn from different areas. More than 10 teams with a three member each, applied for the coveted screening round. Finally, 6 teams were shortlisted for their presentation. Teams were given total 10 minutes for presentation and Question & Answer session.
To make our students capable of working in a team in their professional careers by generating values like team spirit, co-operation and discipline the organizing team of HR department organized a team game, Kyuudan-14. This event made the students aware about values of collaboration and they realized that thinking, planning, decisions and actions are better when done cooperatively. 10 teams constituting of five members participated out of which 3 teams won.
Finance Department came up with an event “Investment Master”. The game was a virtual stock market game in which virtual money was given to each team to trade and make money. It was the game of 6 rounds and the team which had maximum portfolio value won the game. The event witnessed huge participation and 15 teams qualified for final round. It was a great fun and learning to the students.
Vigyapan Chaupal – a scintillating Ad-Mad show was conducted by the Marketing Department. The students were given weird combinations of Brand and product categories like Itchguard Noodles, Frooti Toilet Cleaner, Cherry Blossom Toothpaste, Harpic Cold Drink and many more. The students were expected to prepare an advertisement for the given product. The task demanded a super creativity and innovation by the students. All participating students responded with flying performances. The show went on for more than an hour and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. It was full of humour, creativity and talent.
At the end, the prizes were given to the winning teams of each event by the Director, Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Program Chairperson Dr. Tapan Nayak, HOD-MCA Dr. Avadhesh Kumar Gupta and all Area chairpersons.
We live in a world where small problems camouflage bigger one. In our day to day life we are so busy in solving our small problems that we intentionally or unintentionally over look big problems that may endanger human as a species. IMS Ghaziabad gave the opportunity to its students to look beyond this beautifully crafted canvas called modern society and peek into the world they have never seen before. This opportunity was a session on “Toxic pollution in India: The Unseen Public Health Menace” organized by ASPEN centre at WWF Auditorium Lodi Estate, New Delhi. The session was addressed by H. Conrad Meyer III, chairman of the Board, Blacksmith Institute, Richard Fuller, President, Blacksmith Institute and Moderated by Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF India.
The session was conducted to bring into focus the issue of toxic pollution which is directly or indirectly related to the modern life that we relish. The facts presented were shocking. They highlighted that 125 Indian sites were found where chromium contamination had affected 2.6 million people, while in 96 sites, pollution caused by Lead had negatively impacted the health of 1.25 million people. Mining and ore processing sector were identified as the top source of toxic contamination in India, followed by chemical manufacturing, smelting and textiles. We as Indian citizens are a part of rapidly developing economy and have big issues such as poverty, inequality, employment etc, which we have to solve ourselves. But at the same time we cannot ignore the fact that toxic pollution is a major public health and environmental issue and affects India as much as it does other developing countries. As per the World Health Organization, toxic pollution, chemicals and wastes constitute an under-recognized global health hazard and one-fifth of the global burden of disease is attributable to environmental health problems. Mr. Conrad Meyer III while addressing the session said that toxic pollution was ‘a global epidemic’. While referring to 2013 study on hotspots across India, Mr. Fuller asserted that “exposure to potent neurotoxins such as Lead and hex chromium directly affects immune responses, increases the threat of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and may even cause disability. Also, contrary to common perception, the main sources of exposure are not international Multi-National Corporations, but smaller local companies, abandoned waste sites and artisanal units Mr. Meyer hailed steps taken by the Indian government to deal with this menace and said that they were positive and strong steps in right direction. After the session was over students got the opportunity to talk to Mr. Fuller and share my concerns on this matter.
IMS Ghaziabad is putting constant efforts in enriching the students with knowledge and experience. Taking the legacy forward, IMS Ghaziabad gave a unique opportunity to its students by making them a part of organizing team in the 25th Annual Convention of GMA, at Hotel Country Inn on February 22, 2014.
IMS Ghaziabad has always been at the fore front of creating and nurturing the next generation of thought leaders. Also GMA in its quest for ensuring co-creation of a strong and powerful vision for boosting Indian economy offered a platform for the convergence of innovative ideas in the management practices wherein the captains of the industry share their insights. The 25th National Convention on the contemporary theme of “Growth in times of Uncertainty” was held at Hotel Country Inn & Suites, Sahibabad on February 22, 2014. Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director, IMS Ghaziabad, Faculty members and more than 25 PGDM students have participated in the Annual Convention. Moreover, all the key areas were managed and organized by the IMS students as organizing team.
The inaugural session was graced by Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao, Mr A. K. Taneja, Mr Arun Kumar Aggarwal, President GMA, Dr R.K Agarwal, Sr Vice President GMA, Mr Amit Agarwal, Hony Secretary, GMA on the dias. The session started with ceremonial lighting of lamp by the eminent dignitaries. Mr Amit Agarwal set the ball rolling for the conference by welcoming the dignitaries and the audience to the conference and briefly explained about the objectives of GMA.
Mr.N.Sambasiva Rao was the distinguished Chief Guest. He congratulated the organizers for choosing a very contemporary theme for the convention. The dignitaries then launched the book, “A Comma in A Sentence”authored by Mr Gopal Krishnan and “A Guide for Line Managers to Ensure Free and Fair Enquiry” which is authored by Mr. Vinay Gupta and Dr. R. K. Singhal.
Dr. R K Agarwal, Sr VP GMA concluded the session by proposing vote of thanks. He inspired the audience to make the best use of the panel sessions for evolving path-breaking strategies to manage the corporate during times of uncertainty and chart new paradigms and engines of growth.
IMS Ghaziabad Organized Induction Program of BSE Workshop on Banking and Financial Services Industry
Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad organized the Induction programme of 60 Hours Certification Program on “Government Certified Program in Banking and Financial Services Industry” conducted by BSE Institute a wholly owned subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange Limited on February 18, 2014 for all 1st year PGDM students. In the beginning of the session, Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director, IMS Ghaziabad addressed the students emphasizing on the importance of the programme.
The objective of the program is to help the students those who are willing to pursue their career in the Finance specialization or to continue with the banking and financial industries in future. The Program is conducted by the certified trainers of the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute. The program started with the floral welcome representatives of BSE Institute Limited by Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director, IMS, and Ghaziabad. The importance of the program was elaborated by Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director, IMS Ghaziabad and the session was taken by Mr. Sanjeev Das, Faculty Member, BSE Institute Limited, Ms. Malti Ajwani – Branch Manager, BSE Institute Limited and Mr. Raghav Mittal – Marketing Executive, BSE Institute Limited.
IMS Ghaziabad is putting constant efforts in enriching the students with knowledge and experience. Taking the legacy forward, IMS Ghaziabad invited its prestigious and esteemed alumni in subsequent series of Alumni Talk Series. Dr. Urvashi Makkar Director, IMS Ghaziabad and Dr. Tapan Kumar Nayak, Programme Chairperson-PGDM along with all the faculty members and current batch students welcomed the Alumni at their second home.
The first speaker Ms. Anchal Urmaliya, Training Lead, Reliance Communication, Jaipur highlighted on corporate expectations from the young managers and talked about how communication plays important role to sustain in the corporate world. The next speaker Mr. Anurag Urmaliya, Recovery Head, Airtel, Rajasthan gave the students how business/corporate communication plays vital role in the corporate as different corporate use different business languages and he has also emphasized that it is necessary for the employee to understand and practice the acronyms of different corporate concepts.
At the end, Prof. Timira Shukla, Professor-Marketing presented vote of thanks to the Alumni. The Alumni went into the lanes of past memories at campus and shared that how exciting it is to come back to the alma-mater while addressing the students. The alumni were honored with a memento as a token of gratitude by Dr. Tapan Kumar Nayak, Programme Chairperson.