Pak mulls lockdown in major cities

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Islamabad, April 22 | A lockdown is likely to be imposed in major cities of Pakistan if the resurgence of new Covid-19 cases persists due to failure of the public to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said.

Talking to the media after chairing a meeting of the NCOC, the centere’s chief Asad Umar said on Wednesday that the third wave of the disease is getting serious and the number of critical patients on ventilators rose to around 4,500, about 30 per cent higher than the peak time of the pandemic in June 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.

Umar said that the public should realize that it is time to get serious about the disease spreads and comply with the SOPs because the negligence of the public is putting extra burden on the healthcare system.

He said that 80 per cent of ventilators in most of the cities of the country are being used, and the country on the whole is utilizing over 90 per cent of the total oxygen supply chain available.

The official said that the NCOC has decided to impose further restrictions which will be announced on Friday to be implemented in the country where schools and excursion activities are already banned in almost all major cities.

Sharing statistics with the media, Umar said that the Covid-19 positivity rate in some areas of the country has risen to over thirty percent, which is very alarming for the healthcare system of the country.

The official earlier said that most of the new cases in the country in the third wave are because of the coronavirus variant initially found in Britain.

In order to put a check on the fast spread of the disease, Pakistan has put 23 countries in its “Category C” list from where inbound travellers have been banned.

Pakistan has reported a total of 772,381 Covid-19 cases, 16,600 deaths and 672,619 recoveries.

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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