Chopra third most talked-about athlete globally on Twitter; hockey logs record high


New Delhi, Aug 10 | Tokyo Olympic Games gold medallist, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1), was the third most talked-about athlete globally, while hockey was the most talked-about sports on Twitter in India, recording an increase of 134 per cent compared to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Following Chopra’s success at the quadrennial showpiece on the penultimate day, the official Olympics handle’s (@Olympics) video celebrating the thrower’s iconic win was the most watched Olympics video on Twitter in India.

The 23-year-old Chopra’s tweet expressing gratitude for the country folk’s support for his gold-winning Olympics journey was also the most liked and re-tweeted tweet among Olympics conversations in India. This was also the tweet that received the most number of replies.

“Still processing this feeling. To all of India and beyond, thank you so much for your support and blessings that have helped me reach this stage. This moment will live with me forever. (Folded hands, Flag of India),” Chopra had tweeted following his success.

Hockey became the most talked about Olympic sport on Twitter in India, recording an increase of 134 per cent compared to 2016 Rio, while the other sport that recorded massive increase in conversations were javelin throw (+5631%) and golf (+703%), where Aditi Ashok (@aditigolf) became the first Indian golfer to represent the country at the Games.

Fencing, thanks to Bhavani Devi’s exploits, registered a 1086 per cent increase.

#FieldHockey was the most mentioned hashtag sports in India during the Games, followed by badminton, wrestling, boxing and golf.

While Chopra was the most talked-about athlete in India, Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) was second, followed by PV Sindhu (@Pvsindhu1), Lovlina Borgohain (@LovlinaBorgohai), Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) and Rani Rampal (@imranirampal)in that order.

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  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’.
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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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