1.3 cr people in TN yet to take 1st Covid jab


Chennai, Nov 26 | 1.3 cr people in TN yet to take 1st Covid jab. The Tamil Nadu Health department said that 1,38,74,726 eligible people in the state are yet to take the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 73,46,363 others were due to receive the second shot.

The state Health Secretary, J. Radhakrishnan said the state recorded 2,011 Covid deaths in August, September and October.

He added that only 5 per cent of people who have taken the vaccine have died while the remaining 95 per cent population who died had not taken the vaccine or had just taken the first dose.

As many as 109 people who died even after vaccination or 5 per cent were mainly due to co-morbidities and delayed treatments, the Health Secretary said.

Of the 95 per cent people who died of Covid-19, 84 per cent or 1,675 fatalities were recorded among those who have not taken even the first dose of the vaccine, while 11 per cent (227) had taken the first jab, the data added.

He insisted that people be made aware of the fact that vaccines are lifesavers against Covid-19 and urged all eligible people to take the jab.

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Radhakrishnan said: “According to health data, the risk of an unvaccinated person dying due to Covid-19 is 3.5 times more than that of a vaccinated person. This is one of the substantial evidence available with us that would make a common man understand the importance of vaccination and the need to take vaccines at the earliest.”

The state has ample quantity of vaccines available with it, he said, adding that all districts bordering Kerala need to continue to stay alert as frequent travel and movement of people from both states takes place.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian told IANS: “The Health Secretary has directed all district collectors to make people aware of the importance of vaccination against Covid-19 and the death of those unvaccinated due to the infection is 3.5 times more than those who have been vaccinated. We have asked the district collectors to communicate this data to the people down to the grassroot level and appeal them to take the jab. We have ample quantity of vaccines.”

The Health Minister said after finding that Covid-19 cases are reducing, people in some areas of the state have let down their guard and warned that this would lead to serious consequences and urged people of the state to follow protocols.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
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  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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