Tata Motors extend sponsorship of Indian wrestling till Paris Olympics

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New Delhi, Aug 27 | The Wrestling Federation (WFI) of India and Tata Motors have strengthened their long-term partnership further with the announcement of the ‘Quest for Gold at Paris Olympics 2024’, an objective to win the coveted yellow metal at the next Games.

Young and talented Indian wrestlers will gain assured and enhanced access to world-class training facilities, internationally-reputed coaches and support through a rich nutritional programme. In addition as part of the initiative, eligible senior wrestlers will be offered central contracts, while budding junior wrestlers will be supported through scholarships along with insurance cover, medical and physiotherapy assistance.

Announcing the launch, WFI president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh said, “Tata Motors’ committed support since 2018 has helped Indian wrestling grow to greater heights. In the last three years, our ‘Yodhas’ have won more than 40-50 medals at international competitions including five medals at the Senior World Championships — highest ever for India –, a record 11 medals at the just-concluded Junior World Championships, and two medals at the recently held Tokyo Olympics.

“The Cadet Wrestling team, too, won its first title at the World Championships. The launch of our joint quest today should enable us to fulfil the entire nation’s longstanding aspiration of winning an Olympic gold in wrestling at the Paris Olympics in 2024,” he added.

Olympic silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya, bronze medallist Bajrang Punia along with fellow wrestlers Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik, Seema Bisla, Deepak Punia and Vinesh Phogat were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Tata Motors executive director Girish Wagh said, “The sport of wrestling is deep-rooted across India and enjoys a rich legacy of success in the global arena. Popular and followed by all sections of society, its machismo, aggression and endurance tests speed, agility and power. These virtues perfectly mirror the longevity, durability and robust performance of our commercial vehicles that are much valued by our customers both in India as well as international markets.

“Through our steadfast association with WFI, we will continue to promote, train and foster the nation’s rich wrestling talent. At Tata Motors, we believe in supporting the sport and sportspeople who will take our country ahead with their potential, zeal and passion. To ensure that our talented wrestlers have ready access to all that is required to realise their potential, we are making our ongoing partnership with WFI more holistic and purposeful. I wish the federation and our wrestlers the very best in this quest for the Gold at Paris Olympics 2024.”

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had adopted the sport and is expected to pump in an investment of Rs 170 crore in infrastructure and support to the wrestlers till the 2032 Olympics.

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.

  • 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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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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