Taliban hunt if Bactrian Treasure has been moved out of Afghanistan

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New Delhi, Sep 16 | The Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker Taliban government in Afghanistan said on Thursday that it has begun efforts to track and locate the Bactrian Treasure.

The Bactrian Treasure is an important asset of Afghanistan that was brought to the presidential palace by the former government in February 2021, and was put on display for the people.

However, after the collapse of the former government, concerns have been raised over its safety, Tolo News reported.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Cultural Commission of the Taliban cabinet, said that their assessments show that items of the national museum, the national archive and the national gallery and other historical and ancient monuments are safe in their locations, Tolo News reported.

However, according to Wasiq, they have assigned the relevant departments to find and check on the Bactrian Treasure.

“The issue is under investigation, and we will collect information to know what the reality is. If it has been transferred (out of Afghanistan), it is a treason against Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan will take serious actions if this and other ancient items are moved out of the country,” he said, the report added.

The Bactrian Treasury is recognised as one of the biggest collections of gold in the world, which was discovered four decades ago in the Tela Tapa area of Sherberghan district, the centre of northern Jawzjan province.

The collection comprises jewels and gold, which were discovered at an ancient royal cemetery site. The remains of seven people were decorated with thousands of pieces of gold, the report said.

The collection, which has been displayed abroad, consists of 21,145 pieces of gold.

The treasure dates to the Kushan empire, say experts.

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.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
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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.

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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