Restaurants, bars in Delhi to operate at 50% capacity: DDMA


New Delhi, June 20 | With the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to decline in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Sunday announced that restaurants and bars in the city will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity from Monday onwards.

The DDMA has also officially allowed the reopening of public parks, gardens in the next phase of unlocking the city.

In a public notice issued on Sunday, DDMA directed District Magistrates, Delhi Police and other government agencies to ensure that Covid appropriate behaviour, which includes wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, sanitization at public places, business places, markets, are regularly monitored.

“Concerned authorities will be responsible for ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour in markets, restaurants and bars, public parks and gardens and residents within their respective areas. It should be ensured that people who visit these places strictly follow Covid rules and are wearing marks and maintaining social distancing without fail,” said the notice issued by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.

It further stated that market trade associations, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) will also be responsible to ensure that Covid guidelines are being followed in markets, malls, public parks and gardens, residential colonies etc.

“The Covid-19 situation in the National Capital Territory (NCT) has again been reviewed and it has been observed that the number of Covid-19 patients and the daily positivity rate has declined considerably and the overall situation has improved. But caution and care has to be maintained for consolidating the whole process of Covid-19 management,” the notification further stated.

Delhi has continued the phase-wise unlocking for the last four consecutive weeks after having witnessed over one and half month of strict lockdown due to the unprecedented surge in Covid cases during April-May.

Delhi on Saturday reported 135 new Covid cases and seven deaths, while the daily positivity rate was at 0.18 per cent.

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  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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