UP races past Maharashtra in vaccination drive


Lucknow, July 9 | Uttar Pradesh has overtaken Maharashtra in terms of Covid vaccinations, after over seven lakh vaccinations.

According to the CoWin Portal, the total number of doses extended in Uttar Pradesh till 9 p.m. on Thursday was 3.60 crore while Maharashtra stood at 3.57 crore.

The state now accounts for about 10 per cent of the total doses given in the country.

Uttar Pradesh has been able to provide at least one dose to 22.4 per cent of its population.

On Thursday, UP also became the first state to have given the first dose of the vaccine to over three crore people.

As per the CoWin portal, 3,04,96,595 persons have taken at least one dose while 55.27 lakh are fully vaccinated in the state.

The nearest contender is Maharashtra where 2.82 crore have taken at least the first dose.

The others to follow are Rajasthan (2.15 crore), Gujarat (2.11 crore) and Karnataka (2.04 crore).

Among districts, Lucknow (15.64 lakh), Gautam Buddha Nagar (13.04 lakh), Ghaziabad (11.29 lakh), Meerut (10.50 lakh) and Gorakhpur (9.93 lakh) are among the top performing districts while Kasganj (1.78 lakh), Lalitpur (1.86 lakh), Kaushambhi (1.98 lakh) and Aurraiya (2 lakh) are among the worst performing ones.

Health officials said that the improvement in vaccination scenario is mainly due to the cluster model which has addressed the key bottlenecks, particularly connectivity and digital divide, and created an ease of vaccination.

The steps taken, such as microplanning, have accelerated the vaccination drive in the state.

Since the launch of the cluster model, vaccination in the rural areas has picked up very well. On a daily basis, about 40 per cent of the vaccinations are taking place in villages.

Additional chief secretary (ACS), health and family welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad said that there was visible enthusiasm for the vaccine now. He also said that the state had ample stock and all eligible persons must get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible.

Navneet Sehgal, ACS, information, said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed satisfaction at the pace of the vaccination programme and directed district officials to ensure that every eligible person was facilitated for the vaccination.

He said that the chief minister had also congratulated the team behind the drive.

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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