Eggs hurled at Odisha Chief Minister’s convoy


Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 | BJP youth wing activists hurled eggs at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s convoy in Puri town on Wednesday over school teacher Mamita Meher murder case.

The BJP was demanding removal of Minister of State for Home, Dibya Shankar Mishra from the Cabinet for his alleged connection with prime accused of the case, Gobind Sahu.

The egg attack incident occurred at government hospital square in Puri town when the Chief Minister was returning to Bhubaneswar after attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project.

Despite tight security, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) supporters suddenly came up and hurled eggs targeting CM’s convoy from outside of the barricade, for security reasons, sources said.

BJYM state president Irasish Acharya has admitted that his supporters have done it. “Our members from Puri district pelted eggs and showed black flags. Wherever the chief minister will go, we will strongly protest. This protest will continue till Patnaik takes action against some of his tainted ministers,” said Acharya.

Earlier this morning, eggs were also hurled at the vehicle of Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha near Malatipatpur while he was on his way to Puri to attend the same event. Later, the youth BJP activists also ‘purified’ the Badadanda by sprinkling cow dung water. The youth Congress workers have also protested the visit of the CM to Puri.

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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  • 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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