Unicef official warns of worsening situation in Afghanistan

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United Nations, Oct 16 | The already dire situation faced by Afghan civilians will get worse, and the humanitarian needs of children and women will increase over the coming months, a Unicef official said.

“The situation is critical, and it will only get worse,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York, adding that the humanitarian needs will increase amidst “a severe drought and consequent water scarcity, an uncertain security environment, continued displacement, the devastating socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the onset of winter”.

Even before the Taliban takeover in August, at least 10 million children across the country were in need of humanitarian assistance to survive, Abdi said, and at least 1 million of these children are at risk of dying due to severe acute malnutrition without immediate treatment, reports Xinhua news agency.

The health system and social services are on the verge of collapse, as medical supplies are running dangerously low, and cases of measles and acute watery diarrhoea are on the rise, Abdi said.

The economic system is also on the verge of collapse, he added, noting many teachers and health workers have not been paid in at least two months, and yet they continue to work.

The official also said that the education gains of the past two decades must be strengthened, not rolled back.

The number of children enrolled in schools increased from 1 million in 2001, most of them boys, to almost 10 million children, including 4 million girls, at present.

The number of schools tripled, from 6,000 to 18,000. Despite this progress, 4.2 million children are out of school, including 2.6 million girls, he noted.

The Unicef, the UN and humanitarian partners are sparing no effort to overcome financial shortfalls, logistical challenges, and an increasingly complex geopolitical situation to support the millions of women, men and children in Afghanistan who depend on humanitarian assistance and protection, the official added.

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’.
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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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