Infrastructure not ‘Rajniti’ but ‘Rashtra Niti’ for us: PM (Ld)

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New Delhi, Nov 25 | Laying the foundation Stone of Noida International Airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that for his government, infrastructure is not part of ‘Rajniti’ (politics) but part of ‘Rashtra Niti’ (national policy).

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of the airport in presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, General V.K. Singh, Sanjiv Baliyan, S.P. Singh Baghel and B.L. Varma.

Addressing the public gathering after laying the foundation stone, the Prime Minister said, “Infrastructure is not part of politics for us but part of national policy (rashtra niti). We are making sure that the projects do not get stuck, do not hang in limbo or do not go astray. We try to ensure that the infrastructure work is completed within the stipulated time”.

He mentioned that proposed International Airport will play a major role in the growing aviation sector of India and will be a key centre of maintenance, repair and operations of aircraft.

“A Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility is coming up in 40 acre, giving employment to hundreds of young people. Today India spends thousands of crores of rupees for getting these services abroad. Now, all repairs and maintenance work will be carried out at proposed MRO centre and thousands of crores will be saved,” he said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the new India of the 21st century is building one of the best modern infrastructure today. “Better roads, better rail network, better airports are not just infrastructure projects but they transform the entire region, transforming people’s lives completely,” he said.

The Prime Minister mentioned that the new International Airport will become the logistics gateway of northern India. “This airport will make the entire region a powerful symbol of the National Gati Shakti Masterplan,” he said.

Talking about benefits of infrastructure projects, Modi said, “Employment opportunities are created during airport construction. The airport also requires thousands of people to run smoothly. Therefore, this airport will also give new employment to thousands of people of western Uttar Pradesh.”

The Prime Minister stated that after seven decades of independence, for the first time, Uttar Pradesh has started getting what it has always deserved. “With the efforts of the double engine government, today Uttar Pradesh is turning into the most connected region of the country,” he said.

Commenting on the integrated multi-modal cargo hub that is coming up, he said that in a land-locked state like Uttar Pradesh, airport will be very useful and this hub will serve industrial centres like Aligarh, Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Bijnor, Moradabad and Bareilly. “Khurja artisans, Meerut Sports Industry, Saharanpur furniture, brass industry of Moradabad, Agra footwear and Petha industry will get huge support from the upcoming infrastructure,” Modi said.

Hitting out at the opposition parties, Prime Minister said, “Uttar Pradesh, which the previous governments kept in deprivation and darkness, the Uttar Pradesh which was shown false dreams by the previous governments is making its mark not only nationally but also internationally.”

Citing Jewar airport as an example how the earlier governments in Uttar pradesh and at the Centre ignored the development of western Uttar Pradesh, he said that two decades ago the BJP government in state had conceptualised this project and later this airport was entangled in the tussle of the earlier governments in Delhi and Lucknow for many years. “The government which was earlier in UP had written a letter to the then central government and told that the project of this airport should be shelved. Now with the efforts of the double engine government, today we are witnessing the Bhumi Pujan of the same airport,” he said.

The Prime Minister mentioned that some political parties in our country have always kept their self-interest paramount. “The thinking of these people is self-interest, only their own and the development of their family. Whereas, we follow the spirit of nation first — Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka prayas is our mantra,” he said.

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.

  • 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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