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New Delhi, Aug 7 | Human rights breaches and killing of civilians in Afghanistan by the Taliban are reaching new highs, especially with increasing assaults on the minority Hazara community.

On Friday, Taliban terrorists killed Dawa Khan Menapal, head of the Afghan government’s media and information centre, in Kabul’s Darul Aman Road. Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility and lauded the terrorists over Twitter.

According to local media reports, the Taliban has murdered more than 40 civilians in Malistan in the past one week. Most of these civilians are from minority Hazara community.

A child in Mata Khan district of Paktika province was hospitalised on Thursday for severe mental illness after witnessing seven days of Taliban atrocity in his locality.

After taking over the control of Zaranj in Nimroz province, Taliban looted public properties and plundered houses of civilians.

Several reports are emerging in Afghan media about Taliban looting, murdering, and taking civilians as hostages in and around Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

Besides, they are also forcing women to cook, taking their clothes and jewellery, and shooting children in front of their parents’ eyes.

Reports of civilian casualties kept coming throughout last 24 hours. At least one civilian was killed and six others were injured in a blast in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of Balkh province on Thursday.

Moreover, three civilians were killed and 34 were injured in Herat on the same day. Similarly, three civilians were killed and 22 were injured in Kandahar province at the same time.

Addressing a press conference on Thursdat, Ajmal Omar Shinwari, a spokesperson for the Afghan security forces, informed that in the past five days, 162 civilians had been killed and 22 have been injured in Taliban attacks across Afghan provinces. Shinwari further said that the Taliban had destroyed 172 schools in different parts of the country in the past two months.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concerns over the safety and protection of people in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Office said: “In Helmand and Kandahar, there are reports of increased civilian casualties, destruction or damage to civilian houses as well as to critical infrastructure, including hospitals. Hospitals and health workers are becoming overwhelmed by the number of wounded people.”

A major non-profit organization, International Rescue Committee (IRC), said: “In Afghanistan, women and children made up close to half of all civilian casualties in the first half of this year, and the latest violence should be cause for great alarm for members of the international community. Where fighting is most intense, humanitarian aid workers have also been forced to temporarily flee.”

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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