NMDC CMD inaugurates ‘green’ seminar

NMDC Limited CMD Rana Som inaugurated National Seminar on Green Management organised by Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University.

Som said that in the area of optimization power consumption Japan should be taken as our role model.

‘In today's context of population explosion and the consequent increase in the exploitation of natural resources, we need to remember that we are only custodians of this planet for the sake of our posterity”, and referred to Mahatma Gandhi's quotation “God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts,” he said.

He said Seminars such as these provide the necessary platform to debate on issues of ecological sustainability and insights into Green Management and new technologies.

S Raghupathy, Senior Director and Head, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, in his Keynote Address, said, “The goal of life is living in harmony with nature.”

He cautioned about the scarcity of natural resources like water facing the planet today. However, there are also, according to him, some encouraging trends like investing in green buildings, green hospitals, companies going green, green entrepreneurship, green spaces and renewable energy sources. He said there is also increased awareness and action among consumers.

Presiding over the Seminar, Prof D Harinarayana, Pro Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University, said that Green Management has been of late considered as an important index of development and growth.

In his welcome address, Prof SS Prasada Rao, Director, Hyderabad Business School, explained the concern and initiatives of GITAM University for conservation of environment. The basic objective of the Seminar, he said, is to provide a dialogue between the academia and industry on ways to implement green practices. Prof K Koteswara Rao presented vote of thanks.

In the technical sessions that followed, researchers from across the country presented 76 technical papers on sub-themes of Green Management such as Green Product Management, Waste Management, Carbon Footprint, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Supply Chain Management, Eco-tourism, Intelligent buildings etc.

Among the Student Papers, two papers were adjudged the best and were awarded prizes in the Valedictory. The paper presented by B.Tech students of GITAM University, Hyderabad Campus, on “Solid Waste on GITAM University Hyderabad Campus: Characterisation and Quantification with Projections for Future and Disposal Methods” and the paper on “Opportunities in Green Supply Chain Management” by students of JNTU, Hyderabad, bagged these prizes, given away by the Chief Guest of the Valedictory, Sri RJ Vaidyanathan, CGM of Andhra Bank.

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