Covid claims 94 more lives in Andhra Pradesh


Amaravati, May 30 | Andhra Pradesh has logged in over 13,000 new Covid cases and 94 deaths during the 24 hour period ending 9 a.m. on Sunday.

A total of 84,232 samples were tested during the period and 13,400 of them were found positive. With this, the cumulative number of cases jumped to 16,85,142.

The fresh fatalities pushed the cumulative death toll to 10,832. According to the daily media bulletin issued by the state command control room, Chittoor district accounted for 14 deaths during the 24 hour period.

Nine deaths each were reported from Prakasam and West Godavari districts, while eight succumbed each in Anantapur, East Godavari, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts, six each in Krishna and Vizianagaram districts, followed by five each in Kurnool and Nellore, and four each in Guntur and Kadapa districts.

During the last 24 hours, East Godavari district reported a maximum number of cases at 2,598. According to the bulletin, 1,971 new cases were traced in Chittoor, 1,215 in Anantapur, and 1,054 in Visakhapatnam.

With the testing of 84,232 samples, authorities have so far conducted 1,91,72,843 tests so far.

The 24 hour period also saw 21,133 people recovering from the virus. With this, the cumulative number of recovered people rose to 15,08,515.

The number of active cases stands at 1,65,795.

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’.
  • 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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