Karnataka’s Covid cases fall below 5K mark

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Bengaluru, June 20 | Karnataka’s Covid cases dropped below 5,000 mark on Sunday after a gap of two-and-a-half months, health officials said.

The state has reported 4,517 fresh infections and 120 fatalities.

Karnataka reported 4,991 Covid cases on April 2, when the second wave had just begun. At that point of time, the positivity rate for the day had touched 4.19 per cent and case fatality rate stood at 0.12 per cent.

As many as 8,456 patients were discharged after recoveries in the last 24 hours, officials added.

Karnataka’s total number of recoveries increased to 26,45,735, while the cumulative tally climbed to 28,06,453, including 1,26,813 active cases.

As epicentre of the pandemic in the state, Bengaluru, however, reported only 933 fresh cases on Saturday, taking its Covid tally to 12,05,259, including 71,282 active cases, while recoveries rose to 11,18,531 with 1,902 patients discharged in the last 24 hours.

As many as 120 succumbed to this deadly virus including 17 in Mysuru, while Bengaluru and Ballari district have reported 12 deaths each and Dakshin Kannada and Dharwad reported 11 deaths each and five districts reporting no deaths remaining 20 districts account for deaths across the state during the day.

Out of 1,74,521 tests conducted across the state during the day, 43,869 were through rapid antigen detection and 1,30,652 through RT-PCR method.

Nearly a gap of two-and-a-half months, positivity rate has touched 2.58 per cent and case fatality rate to 2.65 per cent across the state on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 57,057 people, including 31,084 above 45 years and 21,769 in the 18-44 years age group were vaccinated across the state during the day.

“Cumulatively, 1,84,52,895 beneficiaries, including senior citizens, healthcare workers and frontline warriors have received the jab since the vaccination drive was launched across the southern state on January 16,” officials said.

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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