J&K LG to interact with DDCs, BDC & panchayat representatives

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Srinagar, June 19 | Taking governance to the grassroots level and strengthening the participatory democracy, J&K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha will interact with the DDCs, BDC and Panchayat representatives once every month.

Taking feedback from the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) on the functioning of the administration, execution of the work on-ground, besides getting the first hand information about their issues, are some of the key aspects of this monthly interaction.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department will formulate a mechanism for holding interactions of the Lt Governor with all three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions including DDCs, once every month.

The Lt Governor has directed the senior government officials and the DCs to ensure PRIs representatives are integral part of every government function, accorded the due protocol and involved at every stage of planning and implementation of the developmental projects.

“J&K Government strengthening participatory democracy, making Panchayati Raj institutions more empowered, vibrant in true sense. The ‘LG Mulaqaat’ will become a platform to voice developmental aspirations of the people and a strong mechanism to address area-specific needs”, the Lt Governor said.

In a recent meeting, the Lt Governor had assured the DDC Chairpersons that the Government’s focus is on the empowerment of Panchayati Raj System and strengthening grassroots level of democracy. He had also said that the administration will leave no stone unturned to make this institution more responsive while making sure PRIs representatives are taken on board on issues confronting the common man.

I can assure you that the government will provide all the facilities, office and accommodation to DDCs. Your participation was a response to those who were raising doubts over DDC election, the Lt Governor had told the DDC Chairpersons.

Recently, the J&K Government has approved a historic Rs 12,600.58 crore District Capex Budget 2021-22, which is more than double to the previous year’s budget, for equitable development of J&K with active involvement of Panchayats, BDCs and DDCs, which itself speaks about the Government’s commitment towards empowering the three-tier Panchayati Raj system in the UT through the involvement of PRIs representatives in government’s functioning, besides planning and implementation of the developmental projects.

Source: IANS

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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 ?
  •  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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