Several top athletes to miss Monday’s Indian GP IV (Preview men’s)

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Patiala, June 20 | Muhammed Anas, the national 400m record holder, and Noah Nirmal Tom will be the notable absentees from the individual 400m race of the one-day Indian Grand Prix IV to be held here on Monday.

Fourteen athletes will battle it out for the gold medal, according to the starting list posted by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on its website. The names of Anas and Tom are missing from it.

In the absence of Anas, the focus in the 400m race would be on Rajiv Arokia, whose personal best is 45.37 seconds. But this season he is yet to dip below 46 seconds. Sarthak Bhambri will be another athlete to watch out for. Jabir M.P., a 400m hurdles specialist, has also entered the race.

Since the men’s 4x400m relay is one of the events of the IGP IV, it looks certain both Anas and Tom will compete in the relay. However, the AFI is yet to announce the final list for the relay.

Jinson Johson, the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games 1,500m champion, will also skip the meet as he is yet to recover from a bout of Covid-19.

Upcoming middle-distance runner Anu Kumar of Uttarakhand and Ajay Kumar Saroj of Uttar Pradesh will be the ones to watch out for in the 1,500m.

Asian Games shot put champion Tajinderpal Singh Toor will be among four athletes who will compete in the men’s javelin throw gold.

While Jithin Paul and Jabir M.P. have registered for the men’s 400m hurdles, six athletes will compete in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Haryana’s Shankar Lal Swami is among the favourites in steeplechase

Seven athletes have entered in the men’s long jump competition and six in the men’s triple jump.

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.

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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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