Rally across NZ to boost Covid vaccination

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Wellington, Oct 16 | New Zealand on Saturday launched a nationwide rally to vaccinate as many people as possible against Covid-19.

The rally, named ‘Super Saturday’, aims to vaccinate at least 100,000 doses and push for a 90 per cent vaccination milestone, reports Xinhua news agency.

Vaccine clinics including mobile facilities, community vaccine centres, family doctors and pharmacies are opening across the country throughout the day.

In Auckland, 300 pre-booked people are having their vaccination on board an Air New Zealand Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

Live music, food and beverage, and event tickets are offered across the nation to those who are vaccinated on Saturday.

Free transport services, medical services and translation services are offered for easier vaccination access. Celebrities, pop singers and politicians also joined the rally to encourage more people to be vaccinated.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield are campaigning across the capital Wellington region and joining the drive to get people vaccinated.

According the official statistics from the Ministry of Health, up until October 14, 83 per cent of the New Zealand population over the age of 12 have taken a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 62 percent of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated.

On Saturday, the country reported 41 new community cases of Covid-19, pushing the total case number in the recent Delta variant outbreak to 1,895.

Prime Minister Ardern admitted that the outbreak in Auckland has grown at a pace beyond expectation.

Health departments are working on contingent plans such as home isolation and additional ICU beds to cope with potential surge in the case numbers.

The New Zealand government is working on a traffic light system incorporating vaccination certificates into a framework of restrictions to replace the current Covid-19 Alert Level system.

Vaccination rate is one of the key parameter behind the new system.

The government is expected to announce the new Covid-19 restriction system settings next week.

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is at Covid-19 Alert Level Three restrictions. Gatherings are limited to 10 people.

The Northland region and part of the Waikato region in North Island are also at Level Three due to community cases.

The rest of the country is at Alert Level Two restrictions with indoor activities limited to 100 people.

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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