Wrestler Sonam still not fully fit for World Ranking Series

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By Navneet Singh
New Delhi, May 16 |
Olympic Games-bound teenage wrestler Sonam Malik is recovering fast from a knee injury she sustained during Asian Olympic qualifier in Almaty last month. She would, however, skip next month’s World Ranking Series in Poland as she is yet to resume proper training, said her coach on Sunday.

“I believe she has recovered 80 per cent from the injury. But it will take another 15-20 days for her to resume proper training on the mat. We have a physio who is working on her rehabilitation. Though she isn’t doing mat training, she is following a different schedule to strengthen her core and upper body muscles,” coach Ajmer Singh told IANS.

During the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament, held last month in Almaty, finalists in each of the weight categories were allotted Olympic quota places.

Sonam, 18, won the quota by entering the gold medal round in women’s 62kg freestyle event. But the Haryana wrestler withdrew from the final as she had got injured in her semi-final bout.

“The next two weeks are crucial for us. The feedback from the physio will be important to start preparation for the Tokyo Olympics,” said Singh.

Sonam’s recuperating power is good, he said. “She has made good progress in the last three weeks. We are hopeful she would be 100 per cent fit by the end of this month and then we would focus on our preparation for the Olympic Games.”

Eight Indian wrestlers, including four women, have won Olympic quota places.

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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