Bangladesh Police on high alert

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By Sumi Khan
Dhaka, Nov 24 |
Due to the tense law and order situation in Bangladesh, with the police monitoring and deterring the spread of fake news of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaving the country.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supremo Khaleda Zia, 76, is currently barred by a court from travelling overseas after being convicted on graft charges in 2018.

She was admitted to a Dhaka hospital earlier this month after her health worsened, according to the party.

Bangladesh police fired tear gas and around 20 people were injured Monday as thousands of opposition demonstrators demanded the government to allow the ailing former premier to fly abroad for treatment.

BNP organisers said a protest on Monday outside Dhaka’s National Press Club drew a number of activists and supporters. The police put the number at around 7,000.

In the northern district of Natore, “about 20 people with 3 journalists were injured when BNP activists clashed with police who tried to thwart a procession”, an inspector told IANS on Wednesday.

“BNP activists threw rocks at police, who fired tear gas and (rubber bullets) from shotguns to disperse them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last week dodged a question from a journalist about the pleas for Khaleda’s treatment abroad.

Hasina said: “I have done whatever I can best for Khaleda Zia from my power, though her husband Zia was a killer and herself was involved with the assassination of my father and 10 truck arms trade case. Now the law will decide the next course of action.

“Using whatever the law is in my hand, I have managed to keep Khaleda Zia at her home and not in jail.”

Khaleda was sentenced to 10 years in prison in February 2018 on two graft charges of 2007.

But she was released in March last year. She was the only inmate in old Jail in Bakshibazar of old city of Dhaka. She has since been barred from flying abroad.

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 ?
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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.

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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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