IND v NZ: There was a bit of bounce but pitch will still assist spinners, says Pujara

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Kanpur, Nov 25 | India vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara believes that spin will soon come into the equation at the Green Park Stadium here on Thursday. He added that the pitch was on the slower side with a bit of bounce the last time the two teams played here in 2016. Pujara is serving as the vice-captain for the first Test against New Zealand.

“It is an honour to be a part of this team. The way the guys have played over a couple of years, so it is an added responsibility, and looking forward to it. This track was a bit slow the last time we played here, but did spin later. There was a bit of bounce but will still assist spinners. ‘et’s see how it progresses,” said Pujara in a pre-match chat with the broadcasters.

Talking about his preparation for the Test series, Pujara remarked, “It (preparation) has been good. I was part of the IPL. Though I didn’t play any matches there, I was training and preparing whenever I got time. So, preparation-wise, it has been good. We also had a good practice session of three to four days in Mumbai. So far, preparation has been really good and really looking forward to playing a couple of Test matches at home because we haven’t played a lot of cricket at home for a while now. Really good opportunity for us to play at home.”

The 33-year-old feels that the absence of first-choice players from the series presents a chance for the younger lot to do well, giving an example of how they did well in the 2-1 Border Gavaskar Trophy win earlier in the year.

“It is an opportunity for young players to represent the Indian team and try to prove themselves as we have got exceptionally talented players, like we saw during the series against Australia. When the senior players got injured, the younger players stepped up to take the responsibility. It (responsibility) is there obviously but I don’t think I should think too much about it. Just go out in the field and play your natural gam’ and don’t think too much about the final outcome. Their absence does give the others a chance to prove th”mselves.”

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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