Aura Productions had a Successful Season 2 of its Beauty Pageant and Fashion Week in Goa

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A week-long fashion and beauty extravaganza culminated in Goa recently with the Grand Finale of Droom Aura Mr, Miss & Mrs India 2021 and Droom Aura Fashion Week 2021. The beauty pageant as well as the fashion week, both are flagship properties of Aura Productions, founded by Piyush Agarwal. The pageant provides an ultimate launch pad for India’s young, aspiring models to help them realize their dreams and be the country’s next fashion icons. On the other hand, the fashion week features top designers from across India, showcase their collection.Droom Aura Mr, Miss & Mrs India 2021Droom Aura Mr, Miss & Mrs India 2021 saw more than 100 contestants across India participate and compete under three different categories. After multiple rounds, top 10 contestants were shortlisted from each category and winners were crowned.Droom Aura Fashion Week 2021Droom Aura Mr India 2021 Winner – Vaibhav Neema (Indore)1st Runner Up – Mihin Babvani2nd Runner Up – Rupal ParabDroom Aura Miss India 2021 Winner – Samiksha Sharma (Jammu)1st Runner Up – Chehak Rana2nd Runner Up – Unnati TiwariDroom Aura Mrs India 2021 Winner – Krishna Khandelwal (Mumbai)1st Runner Up – Praveena Salecha2nd Runner Up – Divya VermaJury panel for the event included actors – Aditi Govitrikar, Prince Narula, Himanshu Malhotra and Zoya Afroz, Jatin Alawadhi, CMO of Droom – Mohit Ahuja, Founder Director of Aura Productions – Piyush Agarwal, Director of Aura Productions – Meenakshi Chaudhary. Also present at the event were Nikhil Malik and Pallak Yadav of MTV Splitsvilla X3. The pageant was followed by Droom Aura Fashion Week which was spread over two days. Fashion week started with Saaj by Ankita. The collection presented was called ‘Gypsy Song’. Designer Monica presented MAV-Men On A Mission, the menswear brand. Designer Sandeep Singh (Sandy) also presented his collection at Aura Fashion Week.Designer Nick Roshan showcased couture exposition in linens (Breezy), a spring summer 21/22. Gyaarah Baees by designer Anjali Mohata redefined the meaning of luxury for the modern woman, using handwoven silks and Chanderi from Bhagalpur and Bangalore, handcrafted and hand embroidered motifs showcasing the mastery of Indian craftsmen. Designer duo Pallavi & Dipti presented Je’rave FW 2021-22, an ensemble of dreamy world, with metallic fabrics, adjoining with hand crafted bling embroidery which enhances the look & feel of the brand.Designer Prasantt Ghosh, Viba Studio by designer Abhinaya and designer Kingshuk Bhaduri also showcased their collection at Aura Fashion Week. Taking over the ramp for the Grand Finale show, designer Arvind presented ‘Gulnar Bagh’ collection. The line centres around progressive Indian wear featuring outfits with a contemporary and fresh take on tradition such as flowy anarkalis with caped backs and corsets, clouded silk dresses with knots flowing through seams.The show was choreographed by celebrated fashion choreographer Kapil Gauhri. Fashion stylist for the event will be Nishankh Sainani. Title Sponsor for both the events was Droom, Associate Partner was Goa Tourism, Venue Partner was Hibis Hotels and Resorts, Water Partner was Oxineer, Radio Partner was Big FM.Talking about the event, Piyush Agarwal – Founder Director of Aura Productions says, “We launched our pageant and fashion week this year and I am so happy with the response. The second edition that we just wrapped up in Goa was at a much bigger and grand scale. I am thankful to the entire team, our sponsors, designers as well as the contestants. Because of all of them, our both events were pulled out successfully.”Adds Meenakshi Chaudhary – Director of Aura Productions, “India is a fashion forward country and we have huge talent which is still untapped. Thus, we decided to launch this platform so that everyone and anyone can apply and get to stardom. We look forward to having many more editions of our pageant and fashion week in coming future.”Aura Production is committed to the cause of society through creative expressions manifested in Fashion shows, Art galleries, Art Festivals, Art and Literature and other creative geniuses. Aura productions was founded on the belief that creating great moments should be easy, fun, effective, and for everyone. Everything they do is rooted in these core beliefs.For more details, please visit: www.auraproductions.co.

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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