Abject failure by Kerala govt in tackling Covid: Congress

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 30 | Even as Kerala gets ready to open educational institutions, the Congress on Thursday said that the state government has proved to be an abject failure in tackling Covid.

Senior Congress legislator and former Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said figures have now proved that Kerala failed to tackle Covid.

“Just look, there were times when 85 per cent of the Covid cases in the country were from Kerala and this is happening when the state’s high level of health infrastructure has come in for praise. This clearly shows that the state government has turned out to be an abject failure,” said Chennithala.

The daily Covid cases in Kerala increased on Wednesday after 12,161 turned positive out of 90,394 samples tested in the past 24 hours, while the daily test positivity rate also went up to 13.45 per cent.

“All along the Pinarayi Vijayan government banked on the PR activities to claim that things are well under check in Kerala, but the truth was otherwise. Everything was stage managed by not conducting tests, under-stating figures and deaths besides going forward through unscientific guidelines, all contributed to Kerala’s poor handling of the pandemic. And the latest is 8,000 Covid deaths have not been accounted for,” added Chennithala.

He said Vijayan took people for a ride by conducting press meets on a daily basis and when it really mattered, he disappeared and now with educational institutions all set to open, there should be no laxity in tackling Covid and things should be viewed with seriousness and there should be no callous attitude.

Final year college students are returning to classrooms from the first week of October, while schools start on November 1.

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’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • 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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