K’taka CM to interact with panchayat officials, focus on micro-containment

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Bengaluru, May 25 | Karnataka minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday that Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will lay focus on creating micro-containment zones in the villages to curb the spread of the pandemic in the rural areas during his interaction with a select group of panchayat officials on Wednesday.

Bommai told reporters here that the Chief Minister would virtually interact with a select group of panchayat officials from the villages which are reporting high Covid cases on Wednesday, focusing on creating micro-containment zones.

The Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that with the Covid situation showing signs of improvement in Bengaluru, the epicentre of the pandemic in the southern state, the state government is now focusing on the rural areas to contain the virus spread.

“Therefore, the district administrations have been given a free hand, including the authority to announce lockdown measures locally,” Bommai said.

The minister added that instructions have been given to the panchayat development officers (PDOs), health workers and police officers for micro-contaminant in the rural areas.

“The panchayats will also be asked to ensure ration and medicine supplies for the needy,” he said.

On black fungus infection, Bommai said the state ministers have held discussions with Union minister D.V. Sadananada Gowda, who has assured that the Centre will supply 1,000 vials of medicine for the treatment of Mucormycosis (black fungus).

Bommai also said that directions have been given to make special arrangements, including setting up ICUs at paediatric wards in the district hospitals, for the treatment of children in the days to come.

On increasing Covid related deaths despite the number of cases gradually coming under control, Bommai said that the mutating virus in the second wave is spreading fast and within two to three days of infection, many are experiencing drop in oxygen level besides developing pneumonia-like symptoms, among others, unlike last time.

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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