Pak witnesses 29% increase in new Covid cases

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Islamabad, May 20 | Pakistan has witnessed a 29 per cent increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday.

The NCOC said in a statement that 4,207 cases were reported over the last 24 hours against the 3,256 cases reported in the previous day, taking the overall infection tally to 890,391, reports Xinhua news agency.

Punjab province is the worst-hit region with 331,102 confirmed cases, followed by Sindh where 303,323 people have been tested positive, said the NCOC.

A total of 131 people died across the country during the last 24 hours which is about 26 per cent higher than the number of deaths in the previous day.

The overall death toll has risen to 19,987, the NCOC said, adding that 804,122 people have recovered while 4,517 patients are in critical condition.

A total of 4,747,033 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered till Thursday morning, including 1,156,893 persons who have been fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.

The latest resurgence came days after Pakistan started to ease anti-pandemic restrictions including resumption of inter-provincial, inter-city and intra-city public transport.

On Wednesday, chief of the NCOC Asad Umar announced to further ease restrictions by allowing the opening of schools in districts with a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent from May 24.

Under the new guidelines, outdoor restaurants will be opened daily until 11.59 p.m., while the tourism sector is allowed to operate under strict protocols, from May 24.

However, shrines, cinemas, indoor dining, indoor gyms, amusement parks, contact sports, festivals, cultural and other events will remain prohibited for an indefinite time, said the NCOC.

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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