Delhi reports 1,550 new Covid cases, positivity rate below 3%

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New Delhi, May 24 | For the second straight day, Delhi on Monday reported less than 2,000 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24-hour period at 1,550, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government.

While the daily positivity rate increased slightly to 2.52 per cent from 2.42 per cent on Sunday, the national capital’s cumulative positivity rate stood at 7.55 per cent.

The new cases on Monday took the national capital’s overall Covid tally to 14,18,418, according to the bulletin. The city had reported 1,649 new cases on Sunday, 2,260 on Saturday, 3,009 on Friday, 3,231 on Thursday, 3,846 on Wednesday and 4,482 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the city reported 207 Covid related fatalities on Monday, taking its overall death toll to 23,409. Delhi had reported 189 deaths on Sunday, 182 on Saturday, 252 on Friday, 233 on Thursday, 235 on Wednesday and 265 on Tuesday.

A total of 61,506 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

The number of daily recoveries again outnumbered new cases by a significant margin on Monday. A total of 4,375 patients recovered from the deadly disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery figures to 13,70,431 at a recovery rate of above 96 per cent.

The active caseload declined to 24,578 now from 27,610 a day before.

Of the 4,380 beds for Covid patients in both government and private hospitals, over 2,000 are vacant as of Monday.

At present (till Monday, 6 pm), Delhi has a total of 2,564 ICU beds with ventilators, of which around 2,000 are still occupied.

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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