To address the issue of e-waste in Chandigarh and IT security, IBM in association with Chandigarh-based Punjab Engineering College (PEC) will work together on two different projects.

The first project involves conducting a Gap Analysis of Chandigarh’s e-waste disposal while the second project involves creating the framework document and recommendations for information security best practices, which can be implemented to most of the IT infrastructure in the city.

Speaking to Business Standard, IBM India/South Asia, Manager-Corporate Citizenship & Community Affairs, Mamtha Sharma said, "As a part of the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program, our team in association with Punjab Engineering College (PEC) University of Technology will help develop technology solutions aimed at efficient e-waste management.

In the first project, the IBM experts will visit the e–disposal sites; liaise with the stakeholders in Chandigarh including the government and civil society to create a strategy and project plan for e–waste disposal."

According to the statistics available, Chandigarh generates 10,000 tons of hazardous waste. Of this, 6,000 tons of waste is being recycled while the remaining 4,000 is being dumped at a site in Derabassi(Punjab).

PEC University would like to address this issue by conducting a Gap Analysis in Chandigarh's e-waste disposal between current efforts and the future scenario. The project aims to create a plan with recommendations, systems and processes for the formal and informal sector that provide a robust and effective e-waste disposal system that achieves Chandigarh's goals.

She added, "The teams will visits the e-disposal sites at both the formal and informal sectors and will help in creating a strategy and project plan for e-waste disposal including final summary presentation on assignment results and recommended next steps."

Briefing about the second project, she said, "The second project will focus on creating the framework document and recommendations for information security best practices, which can be implemented to most of the IT infrastructure of the city."

"With the increasing use of information technology, functions in government are now dependent on a network of critical information infrastructure. There is an immediate need to frame E-Security Policy, which can be observed by all departments. The IBM CSC Team will analyse the existing IT systems and e-Governance projects in Chandigarh."

She informed that the CSC program has made a direct economic impact in many of the 20 countries it has engaged in. The IBM team will utilise their technical knowledge, skill sets and experience to address various community issues in Chandigarh.


Source: Business Standard