MHA resumes air service for CAPF personnel in J&K and northeast

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New Delhi, Sep 13 | The Union Home Ministry has decided to resume the air courier service for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel going to join their duties or proceeding on leave in Jammu and Kashmir and also for northeastern states.

According to a Ministry of Home Affairs’ notification, the air courier services have got approval for seven months from September 1, this year to March 31, 2022. The services were discontinued because of the non-approval from the Union Home Ministry.

The Border Security Force, which is a coordinating agency for this facility, in a letter to the Air India said, “It is requested to resume air courier service on all approved routes of NE (Northeast) and J&K Sectors w.e.f. from 16th Sept 2021 as per scheduled days and time. A confirmation may please be communicated to the present HQ,” reads a communication titled “Resuming of Air Courier Service for CAPFs personnel.”

The ferrying of the CAPF personnel by air was initiated after the Pulwama terror attack in 2019 when 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a gruesome attack on the convoy on February 14 by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

In 2019, the Union Home Ministry had allowed extension of aviation in respect of non-entitled personnel of CAPFs, AR (Assam Rifles) and National watchman (NSG) deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to travel by air such as jawans and other ranks who were not allowed to travel by air for joining the duties or going on leave.

The air courier facility is out there from Jammu to Srinagar and back on official duty/transfer/tour and leave (on termination/commencement at base point at Jammu). The service is additionally available from Delhi to Srinagar and back on official duty/transfer/tour.

This facility is going to be availed by all CAPF personnel which incorporate Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve police (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and National Security Guards (NSG) and Assam Rifles.

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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