Spl Covid teams for western & southern TN

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Chennai, May 27 | The Tamil Nadu government has formed a special surveillance team focussing only on rural areas of the western part of the state, especially Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur districts to prevent spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The M.K.Stalin government in a press release on Thursday said that the special team comprising the panchayat president, panchayat secretary, village administration officer, a nurse and a police official will monitor the cases in rural areas of Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur among others, where there has been a spike in fresh cases in the last few days.

The state health department has said that the spike specifically in Coimbatore is owing to the large number of small and medium industries functioning there even till 10 days back.

Although over the last one week they pulled down their shutters but it has already led to the industries turning into micro clusters.

In urban Coimbatore most of the Covid-19 cases recorded over the past 10 days have been of industrial workers or their families, according to a health department statement.

Free movement of people ranging from attendants and relatives of patients, auto drivers, cab drivers and ambulance drivers from the hospitals to the residences of the patients have turned into super spreaders.

Several attendants who accompanied patients to hospitals have turned positive.

Rajani UV, who is a Professor of a private medical college “We have cut short the number of attendants to patients and have allowed attendants only in cases where the patients are too old and frail.

“The attendants and ambulance drivers are turning into super spreaders as they go into the housing societies after accompanying the patients.”

Bindu Menon, an expert in contagious diseases and working in a research laboratory in Chennai told IANS: “We are optimistic that the cases will come down in Coimbatore and other western regions of Tamil Nadu as it did in Chennai following concentrated measures.”

State Health Department is worried over the increase of cases in southern Tamil Nadu including Madurai and Kanyakumari.

Madurai reported more than 1,500 fresh cases on Wednesday and active cases crossed 15,000. Kanyakumari has had more than 1,000 fresh cases per day for the past 10 days and on Wednesday it recorded 1,116 cases.

The Special Covid surveillance teams constituted for rural areas of south Tamil Nadu will also prevent the super spread and strict monitoring of people’s and vehicles movement round the clock at the border areas of Kanyakumari district is expected to bear results.

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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