India’s Jyothi storms into the final in World Archery Championships

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Yankton (USA), Sep 25 | India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam stormed into the final of the Compound Women Individual competition at the World Archery Championship, beating Mexico’s Andrea Recerra in the semi-finals here on Saturday.

Jyothi, who had won two silver medals in the competition so far in the Compound Women’s Team and Compound Mixed Team on Friday, defeated her Italian opponent 148-146 in a closely-fought last-four encounter. The 25-year-old Indian seeded sixth following the ranking round will meet top-seed Sara Lopez of Colombia in the final. Sara defeated Slovenia’s Toja Ellison 150-147 in the other semi-final.

Jyothi, who defeated Amanda Mlinaric of Croatia 150-144 in the quarter-finals, started with a perfect 30 in the first three arrows, taking a two-point lead as Andrea managed only 28 with two 9s and an X.

The 25-year-old from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh had her lead down to one as she could manage 29 as against 30 by her opponent in the next end (59-58). The lead was back to two (89-87) as Jyothi shot a perfect 30 in the next arrows while her Mexican opponent managed 29 in the third end. Andrea won the next end 30-29 to make the score 118-117 as both archers continued to shoot superbly, managing 10s and 9s. With the lead down to one point, Andrea was fancying her chances in the fifth and final end but Jyothi shot two 10s and an X as her opponent managed only 29, the Indian emerging deserving winner.

India’s Abhishek Verma will be in action in the Compound Men’s Individual quarter-finals in the evening session.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

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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 ?
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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.

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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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