Australian Minister backs quarantine approach for unvaccinated Australian Open players

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Canberra, Oct 28 | Australia’s Tourism Minister has called for unvaccinated tennis players including the likes of World No 1 Novak Djokovic, to be allowed to compete in the Australian Open after a 14-day quarantine.

Dan Tehan on Thursday said that Australia should take a “common sense” approach to allowing players who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 into the country via hotel quarantine.

“We need to have common sense here and if we can bring players in, especially the best players in the world, and they can do two weeks’ quarantine, that seems to me like a common sense proposition,” he told Seven Network television.

His comments came after the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, shut the door on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s suggestion that unvaccinated players could compete in the first grand slam of 2022, reports Xinhua.

Morrison said on Wednesday that unvaccinated players would be able to travel to Australia in January under exemptions from international travel laws so long as they quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

However, Andrews ruled out Victoria applying for such exemptions.

The debate has cast doubt over whether Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, will be able to defend his 2020 title.

Djokovic has refused to say whether he is vaccinated or not.

“Novak Djokovic has been an absolute [staple] of the Australian Open, one of the best players ever to play at the Australian Open,” Tehan said on Thursday. “It would be a shame if we couldn’t find a way, especially if he was prepared to do two weeks quarantine, for him to come and be able to continue to try and defend the outstanding record he has at the Australian Open.”

He said that the two-week quarantine would be a safe method.

“I think if there are two weeks’ quarantine available, which would mean players are safe and they are the best players in the world, it means we can put the best tournament in the world on and remember, it highlights Melbourne across the globe.”

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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