NCR-based university emerging as bastion of China experts: Report

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New Delhi, Sep 9 | A new report on Chinese influence in India states that a prominent university located in the National Capital Region is emerging as the bastion of so-called China “experts”.

It runs a flagship fellowship programme that allows for exchange of visiting scholars between India and China, says the report titled “Mapping Chinese Footprints and Influence Operations in India” by the Law and Society Alliance.

Under the fellowship, academics, policy experts and professionals are made to work on China-based topics. They also get access to Chinese diplomats and frequently visit China.

The university has been granting this fellowship to numerous individuals, including academicians, research scholars and journalists.

The topics allocated to the researchers clearly raise suspicions over the objectivity and the objectives of the research conducted on China-related subjects, the report said.

A new organisation, which calls itself a “Foundation”, based out of Delhi, is working on mission mode to create sentiments favourable to China among Indians and is discharging duties similar to that of the Chinese Embassy.

Though it claims to work as “a mission to increase mutual understanding between the people of India and China”, its functions resemble that of the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in India, which is obvious through an analysis of its statements and events, the report added.

Advisors to the organisation include a journalist, an academician and a former diplomat. This organisation is aggressively running a China Study Centre to promote pro-China sentiments in India through which it helps setting up of these centres in top Indian universities.

The organisation, which was working in full swing, reportedly suspended its website to save itself from scrutiny of the government agencies and public backlash amid the 2020 India-China standoff in Eastern Ladakh.

The organisation’s website is now redirected to what is called the Asian Century Foundation, created in 2020.

The founder of the above organisation has also helped establish a visiting scholars fellowship at the said NCR-based university, where he happens to be the Chairman.

He also runs EdTech and policy startups whose investments may possibly need to be examined by the government agencies for reported Chinese funding.

China has been constantly rewarding him, the report said.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

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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’.
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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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