Farm machinery, other steps will keep air pollution in check this season: Agri Secy

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New Delhi, Sep 13 | The Rs 235 crore and Rs 141 crore for Punjab and Haryana respectively for crop residue management and the other measures taken by the Central government will solve the problem of air pollution to a large extent, according to Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal.

Including this year’s allocation, under the central sector ‘Promotion of agricultural mechanization for in-situ management of crop residue’ scheme, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare has allocated Rs 1050.68 crore for Punjab and Rs 640.9 crore for Haryana since 2018-19 for crop residue management machines on subsidy to the farmers and for undertaking information, education and communication (IEC) activities for mass awareness.

These machines ensure that the crop residue is weeded out entirely ahead of the next sowing instead of the farmers burning what is called parali in north-west India. Since 2016-17, a haze of pollution engulfs Delhi-NCR and the entire north-west India for weeks together especially ahead of and during winters. One of the many sources of pollution is the parali burning, i.e. the crop residue burning by the farmers in Punjab and Haryana.

Using the central funds, the states have established 30,900 custom hiring centres to provide machines and equipment to small and marginal farmers on hire. More than 1.58 lakh crop residue management machines have been supplied to these subsidized centres and farmers.

In the 2020 season, through this scheme, a reduction in the number of paddy residue burning cases in comparison to 2016 in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab were reported as 64 per cent, 52 per cent and 23 per cent respectively, Agarwal said.

“This year too, with the scheme allocation for Punjab and Haryana along with several other measures taken by the Central government, the problem of parali burning should not be as severe as earlier,” Agarwal told media persons during an interaction.

The states have been asked to carry out micro-level planning at the village and block level by identifying the problems and gaps and accordingly plan the strategies to reduce crop residue burning.

Parliament had last month approved the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act that is mandated to take the airshed approach and plan holistically to tackle the air pollution problem that plagues the entire north-west India in winters. Airshed (on the lines of watershed) is the geographical area within which the wind movement has a bearing on its meteorology and therefore on movement of pollutants that lead to air pollution.

The Centre has also provided financial assistance to the state governments, Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs) and ICAR institutions for ICE activities, including programmes on mass media such as television and demonstrations.

Source: IANS

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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’.
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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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