MB Power, ACC, Join Hands to Transport Fly Ash using Indian Railways in Madhya Pradesh


With a view to enhance its commitment to protecting the environment, leading diversified power producer, MB Power has started to supply Conditioned Fly Ash (CFA) through Indian Railways to the ACC’s cement factory in Kymore, Katni. MB Power will transport the CFA from its flagship thermal power plant at Jaithari, Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh to ACC Cement thus ensuring proper utilization of fly ash. MB Power’s Anuppur facility is amongst the first few facilities in the country to undertake such an initiative.MB Power & ACC join hands to transport fly ash using Indian Railways in Madhya PradeshThe first rake of fly ash was flagged off from the Shadol Division of Madhya Pradesh, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region, by Shri Rajeev Sharma, Commissioner, Shahdol Division and Ms. Sonia Meena, Collector, Anuppur District in the presence of Shri BK Mishra, Plant Head and COO, MB Power.Shri Rajeev Sharma, Commissioner of Police, Shahdol Division said, “This initiative is very effective towards fly ash management and proper utilization of this byproduct of power plants. It is a solution to many complex problems in the locality, from traffic to the environment. It will inspire other industries too.”Ms. Sonia Meena, Collector, Anuppur District also shared her views, “Fly ash transportation through heavy vehicles is a major challenge in the locality. With this, MB Power has helped ease traffic congestion in the area and environmental threats. Such an initiative is highly noble for others to emulate.”Shri BK Mishra, Plant Head – Anuppur and COO, MB Power said, “It is a proud moment for us; this initiative clearly demonstrates our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. It is a win-win for all stakeholders including the local community.”Large quantities of ash can be transported at a time using the rail-mode; moreover, this mode of fly ash transportation is not only cost-effective, speedy, and time-saving, but eco-friendly as well. While 20 MT of ash can be transported at a time through an ash transport bulker, approximately 3500-4000 MT of ash can be carried by rail at a time. It will not only help reduce road accidents, traffic and transportation problems caused by heavy vehicles, but will also prove to be environment friendly.”We are extremely proud to have taken this step and are actively working to upgrade this facility to ensure more environment friendly utilization of fly ash, generated in bulk, during power production,”Mishra added.”ACC’s sustainability strategy for the next decade is its Sustainable Development (SD) 2030 Plan, aligned with the Group’s overall sustainable development plan, which it focuses on four significant areas – Climate, Circular Economy, Water, and Nature and People & Communities. Moving Fly ash by rail-mode is one of them. ACC and MB Power have a very strong relationship and going forward, this movement of Conditioned Fly Ash (CFA) by rail will also help each other in moving more Fly ash in an Environment-Friendly mode of Transport,” an official spokesperson of ACC Limited said.

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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