Reschedule date of appearance, Badal asks SIT probing firing incident

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Chandigarh, June 14 | Five-time Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday categorically reiterated his “intent and commitment to fully cooperate with the law” and said that he has “complete faith in the judiciary”.

The veteran politician, however, asked the Special Investigating Team (SIT) “to reschedule the date for his appearance for the investigations as he is not keeping good health” and “has been advised complete bed rest for 10 days by the doctors”.

“As soon as my health gets better, I will be available for joining the investigation as per law at my current place of residence (in Chandigarh),” the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron said in a statement.

Badal hoped that “this SIT, unlike the previous one, would respect the law of the land and conduct a fair investigation, withstanding political interference from the ruling dispensation” which, he said, has been brazenly subverting the law for petty political gains.

In his two-page response to the summon from the SIT investigating the handling of the Kotkapura incidents by the previous government, Badal said “the entire process of investigation already stands brazenly compromised through blatant and unapologetic political interference and it reeks too strongly of political vendetta to inspire any confidence about a fair process of law being followed”.

In spite of this, said Badal, he will “cooperate fully” with the investigative process.

The former Chief Minster also pointed out that the very need for the present SIT has “arisen out of the brazen politicisation of the case by the previous SIT”.

In this regard, Badal came down heavily against “one of the members of the previous SIT” for his “openly political conduct” which had allegedly subverted the entire investigative process.

“With callous and contemptuous disregard for all the established procedures and norms, this officer completely usurped and appropriated to himself the entire functioning and designated role of all other members of the SIT, including its chairman, and rendered them totally redundant,” Badal said.

He further referred to the reports that said that the findings of the previous SIT had been scripted jointly by half-a-dozen high profile members of the ruling party.

These reports, Badal pointed out, had never been contradicted.

The SIT has summoned Badal on June 16. Badal was the Chief Minister of Punjab when the police had opened fire on protesters in Kotkapura on October 14, 2015, killing two and injuring others.

The SIT is to ascertain as to who gave the orders to open fire, whether the cops fired in self-defence and if standard operating procedure was followed.

Source: IANS

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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