South Africa in command after Van der Dussen’s half century


Gros Islet (St Lucia), June 21 | A 70-run, eighth-wicket partnership between Rassie van der Dussen and Kagiso Rabada put South Africa in the driver’s seat on the third day of the second and final Test against the West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground here.

Van der Dussen scored his sixth Test half-century — returning an unbeaten 75 (5x4s, 1×6) — after a batting collapse, while Rabada contributed 40 (5x4s, 1×6) to guide the visitors to 174 in the second innings, setting the home team a 324-run target to win.

At the close on Sunday, West Indies were 15 without loss, still 309 runs adrift.

The Proteas have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-Test series by winning the opening Test at the same venue.

After the first session was lost due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain, the Proteas lost the top and middle orders in quick succession, struggling at 54/6 when Keshav Maharaj and Van der Dussen took control of the situation and added 19 runs before the former departed.

The 26-year-old Rabada, who got a career-best score and had a strike rate of 83.33, took some pressure off Van der Dussen as the duo took South Africa 174 all out, setting the hosts an imposing target of 324 to win.

Brief scores:

South Africa 298 & 174 (R van der Dussen 75 not out, K Rabada 40; K Roach 4/52, Kyle Mayers 3/24). West Indies 149 & 15 for no loss.

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’.
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  • 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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