Nice to have the tag of ‘shoot-off master’: Harvinder


Mumbai, Sep 3 | They have started calling Harvinder Singh “Shoot-off Master” for the ease with which he wins single-arrow shoot-offs. On Friday, Harvinder won three shoot-offs with ease as he claimed a historic first-ever bronze medal for India in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This is Indias first-ever medal in archery in either Olympic or Paralympic Games and Harvinder Singh bagged it by beating South Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 in the bronze medal playoff.

It was the key moment and everyone’s eyes were on Harvinder as Kim had already shot an 8, Harvinder had to shoot a nine or a 10 to win the match and the 30-year-old Ph.D. student from Punjabi University, Patiala, shot a 10 to win the shoot-off and bronze medal.

“I have always given special attention to a shoot-off. So I am always confident while dealing with them. Today I dealt with three whereas, in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, I had won two shootouts on my way to the gold medal. At that time I had shot an X (arrow in the inner 10 circle) and a 10 while today I shot 10 on all three occasions. Considering my wins in shoot-offs, teammates have started calling me ‘Shootoff Master’. It’s a nice tag to have,” Harvinder Singh said during a virtual interaction with the media organised by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) and Eurosport.

He had got the better of Bato Tsydendorzhiev of RPC in the pre-quarterfinals and Stefano Travisani of Italy in Round of 16 via shoot-offs earlier in the day. Harvinder had won two shoot-offs to win a gold medal in the Para Asian Games in Jakarta, in 2018.

Harvinder said he had always given special attention to shootouts and all of his practice sessions end in single arrow shootouts. “My coach Gaurav Sharma gets me to do shoot-offs after every session. I did one in my last training session before the competition here. So, I am always confident of it and today I shot three 10s to win the three shoot-offs,” said Harvinder.

Harvinder’s medal is quite creditable because it came in very difficult conditions as the weather pattern kept changing in Tokyo during the 13 hours that Harvinder spent at the Yumenoshima Final Field in Tokyo.

“There was a lot of pressure and we had to constantly adapt because the weather kept changing. First, it was raining, then it stopped and then it became quite windy and then finally started raining again towards the end of the day. We have to adjust our aim slightly up or down depending on the weather conditions and I had to do it many times. I could have won the bronze medal match without the shoot-off but the slight change in the weather meant I did not get the desired result from that arrow,” said Harvinder, who hails from Kaithal in Punjab.

Harvinder thanked coaches Kuldeep Wadwan and Gaurav Sharma, administrators at the SAI, Sonipat, officials associated with TOPS and government officials for their support throughout the last couple of years in helping him win bronze.

Harvinder said he has been off social media for the last few days and the entire day on Friday to avoid feeling further pressure as he went about his job.

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  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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