Get Covaxin authorised or take responsibility of those receiving jab, Mamata to Centre


Kolkata, June 23 | Holding the BJP government at the Centre responsible for the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 during the second wave, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately get Covaxin authorised by the World Health Organization (WHO) or else suggest a remedy for the recipients of the vaccine who are facing problems to travel abroad.

Terming the BJP as a “big disease for everyone”, Banerjee said, “People took Covaxin on the suggestion of the Central government and now the latter should take the responsibility of the problems these people are facing. Students who are set to join foreign universities are in deep trouble as Covaxin is not authorised by the WHO yet. What should these students do now? They cannot take another vaccine as they have already taken Covaxin.”

“They did not take Covaxin on their own and now the Centre cannot shy away from its responsibility. Either the Centre should immediately get Covaxin authenticated by the WHO, or else suggest a remedy to this problem. It is for the Government of India to take some initiative. Even Bangladesh and Brazil are facing problems. The problem needs to be sorted out immediately,” Banerjee said at the state secretariat Nabanna after reviewing the overall Covid situation in the state.

When asked to respond to BJP chief J.P. Nadda’s allegation that the opposition is doing politics over the vaccination drive, the Chief Minister said, “The BJP government is fully responsible for the second wave disaster as it did not taken enough measures to combat the wave. How can he say this now? Does he understand that it was because of their negligence that the situation deteriorated? They didn’t allow people to take precaution before the second wave.”

Banerjee also said that the state government will do everything possible to counter a possible third wave of the pandemic.

“As per experts, children might be the most affected lot in case a third wave breaks out, so we need to ensure the health of mothers so that they are able to keep their children safe. We are taking all the necessary measures to combat a possible third wave,” she said.

The state government has planned have 1,300 paediatric ICUs, 350 SNCUs, and 10,000 general beds for paediatric and women patients in the government hospitals by July. Along with this, infrastructure has been planned to cater to the additional demand for oxygen, she said.

Asserting that the vaccination status in West Bengal is very good, Banerjee said that nearly two crore doses have already been administered to the people of the state, including 33 lakh jabs to the super-spreaders.

“We are administering three lakh doses per day and from tomorrow onwards, this figure will go up to four lakhs a day. We had demanded three crore vaccine doses from the Centre, but we did not receive them. Had we got the additional doses, we could have given one lakh doses to the private hospitals. We plan to inoculate 70 lakh more people by July,” she sadi.

Banerjee also said that the bypolls should be held as the Covid situation is currently conducive in the state, adding that seven days would be enough for campaigning.

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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