Maha: JSW to invest Rs 35,500 cr in green energy projects

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Mumbai, Sep 14 | The Maharashtra government and power major JWS Energy Ltd on Tuesday signed two MoUs to set up two green projects worth Rs 35,500 crore to generate 6,500 MW clean energy in northern and western Maharashtra, Industry Minister Subhash Desai said.

This would comprise a 1,500 MW hydro-based power project in Nashik and a 5,000 MW wind power project spread across 1,870 hectares in Kolhapur, Solapur, Satara and Osmanabad, to be set up within 18 months.

“The two new projects will supply cheap and green renewable power round the clock, and help Maharashtra reduce its dependence on non-renewable sources of energy,” said Desai.

He assured the company of full cooperation in securing the requisite regulatory support.

JSW Energy Ltd is the power arm of business conglomerate JSW Group, which has 4,559 MW of operational thermal, hydro and solar energy capacity.

“We are making rapid strides towards building a sustainable environment with aspirations to reduce the grip of carbon footprint and curb global warming by encouraging renewable energy as a sector, and attracting multiple power houses to enhance the state’s sustainable energy capacity,” Desai pointed out.

The investment inflow from JSW will account for a considerable increase in renewable energy sources within Maharashtra and provide employment to over 10,000 people, besides giving a fillip to the social-economical-tourism development in these areas.

Besides Desai, those present on the occasion included Joint Managing Director and CEO of JSW Energy Ltd, Prashant Jain, MIDC CEO P. Anbalagan, Additional Chief Secretary Baldev Singh, Development Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble and other officials from both sides.

The minister said that the state has consistently shown strong performance across multiple investment parameters, both during and post the lockdown periods.

“Under the Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0 unveiled by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in 2020, the state has signed MoUs worth Rs 165,439 crore, making it ‘truly magnetic’ for the investors,” Desai 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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