Amarnath board announces refund of registration fee to registered yatris

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Srinagar, Sep 24 | The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) on Friday announced that those who were registered for Yatra 2021 can get refund of their registration fee.

It has been decided that the registration fee of those who had registered themselves for Yatra 2021 through various banks like the Punjab National Bank, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, and YES Bank shall be refunded to them from October 1-31.

Those who want to get their fee refunded shall have to approach the branch, which had issued the yatra permit, and surrender the original permit along with an application for the refund. The refund shall be made to each yatri individually and not to anybody else on their behalf.

The SASB has also kept the option for revalidation of the permit for Yatra 2022. For this, the yatris must keep the yatra permit form intact, which they can get revalidated by visiting same bank branch when the registration opens for Yatra 2022.

The annual pilgrimage to Amarnath this year was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic, but the shrine board carried out all the traditional religious rituals at cave shrine.

The SASB had also made arrangements for the live telecast of morning and evening Aarti on TV channels and social media in addition to facilitating Virtual Pooja, Hawan, and Online Prasad booking. Around 7 to 8 million devotees performed the free virtual darshan on Jio TV platform through live streaming on Shri Amarnathji Channel.

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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