India women cricketers need a players’ body: Guha

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London, May 24 | Former England woman cricketer Isa Guha wants a players’ association for India women cricketers after British newspaper The Telegraph reported that Indian cricket board hasn’t paid prize money due to them for T20 World Cup in 2020. Harmanpreet Kaur-led India had reached final of the tournament.

“Women are made to feel grateful for progress but there is still so much to be done to reach equity (& that isn’t just equal pay). Players associations are a vital part of reaching this. India women will dominate the global stage when as much thought goes into their game as the men,” wrote Guha while quote-tweeting the report on her timeline.

“While the men are at a different level there are still base level equities in player welfare. Things like payment/contract times, well-being support networks, domestic structure prof[essional] support, maternity provisions, retirement planning are all things can be gained from having a PA (players’ association),” she added on her timeline.

On Sunday, a report by former England woman international and sports writer Isabelle Westbury in The Telegraph claimed that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to give prize money due to Indian players from T20 World Cup that ended on March 8, 2020.

Westbury was even more scathing in her attack on Indian board following a report in an India media outlet quoting the BCCI as saying that it was unable to pay since it received prize money late from the International Cricket Council (ICC). She called the claim a ‘cover-up’ as the ICC gave BCCI the prize money by April, 2020.

“…However, dismayed that, even when exposed, the cover up continues. The BCCI received the prize money from the ICC by April 2020 latest. Not ‘late last year’,” tweeted Westbury.

Her report said that Australia’s women players got their prize money by April, 2020 and England’s players by May, 2020.

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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