Confident BJP ‘ignores’ Cong, AAP campaigns for UP polls

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Lucknow, Nov 26 | Even as the opposition parties like the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party rollout sops after sops for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the ruling BJP in the state is not responding to their promises and is confident of its own agenda.

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are making tall promises even before releasing their manifestoes officially.

The Congress leads the list by promising 40 per cent reservation in tickets to women, smartphones and electric scooty to girl students, three free gas cylinders every year to women, free bus travel for women, Rs 1000 pension for widows, Rs 10,000 for anganwadi and ASHA workers, and 75 schools named after women warriors.

The Aam Aadmi Party, on the other hand, is trying to make inroads into the middle class vote base by promising free electricity up to 300 units and massive upgradation of educational and health facilities on their Delhi model.

The Yogi Adityanath government has conveniently turned a blind eye to the promises made by two parties.

A senior minister said, “Why should we bother about what these parties are promising because neither of them are even in the race to form the next government. They are far, far away from the majority figure and so they can promise the moon. People know that their promises have no value because they are non-players in the political arena.”

The BJP is confident that the work done by the Modi and Yogi governments, along with a liberal topping of Hindutva, will take it comfortably beyond the majority mark.

“Look at the work done by our governments and compare it to what these parties have done and anyone can see the difference. The Purvanchal Expressway in the east and the Jewar airport in the west, are best examples. Some parties are contesting elections only for the fun of it. If Priyanka is so serious about women’s issues, why does she not ensure the same facilities in the Congress-ruled states?” asked Uttar Pradesh Minister Satish Mahana.

A senior BJP functionary said that the party was gearing up to reach out to voters on the basis of its achievement.

“We are not building castles in the air. We will give proof of the work done by our governments. The promises for the future will be included in the manifesto but we are not wasting our time by responding to what the Congress, AAP and other parties claim,” he said.

Interestingly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has constantly refused to respond to the demands raised by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Whether it was the demand for removal of district magistrate after the Hathras incident or a CBI inquiry into the custodial death of a Dalit or withdrawal of cases against anti-CAA protesters — the BJP government has refused to accept any demand of the Congress.

In the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the arrest of accused Ashish Misra, was ensured only after the Supreme Court took a stern view of the incident in which four farmers were mowed down by an SUV belonging to the Union minister’s son.

“The media is playing up the Priyanka factor but we know her standing. What magic did she weave in the Lok Sabha elections where her own brother lost in Amethi? All the Congress propaganda is only for media consumption,” said a party leader.

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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