Pakistan ‘pledges’ to make ‘all-out efforts’ to protect Chinese citizens

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Dushanbe, Sep 18 | Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country will “severely punish” perpetrators of the Dasu terrorist attack and make all-out efforts to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in the country.

Islamabad will firmly push ahead with the construction of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, which brings benefits to the Pakistani people, Khan said in a conversation with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, where Wang was also attending the summit as a special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Khan asked Wang to convey his sincere greetings to the Chinese leader and spoke highly of the important progress of the Pakistan-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, Xinhua news agency reported.

He thanked China for providing Pakistan with timely and effective assistance to fight the pandemic and help the economy recover, and emphasized that the Pakistan-China friendship has been tested by the changing international landscape and cannot be disrupted by any force.

Pakistan is unwavering in its will to deepen all-around cooperation between the two countries and is not afraid of any external pressure, Khan said.

Wang conveyed the greetings from the Chinese leader to Khan, saying that China and Pakistan always understand, trust and support each other. The all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries remains iron-clad and is rooted in the hearts of both people, Wang said.

China will firmly support Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies, support Pakistan in safeguarding its national sovereignty and dignity, and support Pakistan in playing a more important role in international and regional affairs, he added.

The two sides confirmed that the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be held in late September, and the 15th meeting of the China-Pakistan Joint Economic and Trade Commission will be held in October.

Khan also briefed Wang on Pakistan’s position on the Afghan issue.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen strategic coordination as the Afghan situation has undergone major changes and now stands at a historical juncture, so as to jointly play an active role in stabilising the Afghan situation, combating terrorism, and maintaining regional peace.

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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