Jan 1st 2022. Last year’s annual editorial note was about how we have become resilient, adaptable, and supportive. Looking back, all that seems so far from the reality that we faced during the year.
Least we knew back in Jan 2021, that the worst was yet to come. April and May 2021 witnessed the horrible massacre of human lives by the virus, when almost half of COVID deaths in India happened, according to the NCDC. We do not have any data of the number of deaths that may not have happened due to COVID but due to the collapse of the entire medical infrastructure during these dreadful months. SOS messages for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, helplessness, hopelessness, sirens of ambulances, prevailed.
We lost our loved ones. I could not save my mother who was not a COVID patient but needed medical attention. Hospitals refused as they were not attending to any non-COVID patients. By the time I could arrange a hospital, it was too late.
One of our team members and his wife was lucky to survive.
Things looked up. With vaccinations taking place on a mass scale, universities and colleges started opening up in Oct ’21. Light at the end of the long dark tunnel was finally visible which started instilling hope once again.
Virtual placements sessions turned out to be good for most top engineering and management institutes. Many IITs and NITs broke all previous records with job offers of Rs. 1-2 Crores per annum, pouring in.
We look forward to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Let’s not let our guards down. Let’s retain the good habit of using sanitiser, staying away from crowds and wearing masks.
Life is precious. Let us not forget those horrific pictures of serpentine que outside cremation grounds and dead bodies floating in rivers. We may or may not go back to ‘old normal’ soon but let’s not repeat April-May 2021 again.
May you have an amazing year 2022! Stay healthy. Stay positive and test negative.
Rewind 2021 – Top Picks of 2021.
Management (MBA/ PGDM/ B Schools)
- FT Global MBA ranking 2021 : ISB tops in India, 3rd in Asia
- MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT Score 2021 (Based on ROI 2020)
- IIM A alumnus Srikant Datar appointed as new Dean at Harvard
- 102 recruiters came to IIMU for SIP for the batch 2022
- Check out 15 Popular Choice .NITIE, SPJIMR, IIFT ahead of XLRI & MDI
- Recalibrating the ‘MBA’ for better alignment with the recruiter
- Positive Impact Rating 2021: Reimagining Management Education
- How relevant is Management education in the online world ?
- XAT Exam pattern 2022 Changed: Total time reduced
- NIRF Rankings 2021 Management: IIM A tops Again
- IIMs and or Non-IIMs ?
Engineering (IIT, NIT/ B. Tech)
- IIT Bombay, Delhi among top 50 in QS Asia Rankings 2022
- IIT placement 2022 season starts with a bang
- VITEEE 2022 Application: Registration Begins For B. Tech program
- IIT Patna Placement 2022. 37 PPOs Received
- IISc, Bangalore joins the Melbourne-India Postgraduate Academy
- 20% Jump in Campus Jobs at top Tamil Nadu engineering colleges
- New Syllabus for JEE Advanced 2023: IIT Entrance Exam
- IIT GN win Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2021
- JEE Advanced 2020 Candidates Demand Third Attempt in 2022
- IIT Guwahati Ties up with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for Research, Academics
- BITS Pilani placement 2021. Average salary offered is INR 15.6 LPA
2020 – The year that made us resilient, adaptable, supportive & virtual.
Allow me to start this last note of the year with a THANK YOU to all of you for connecting, supporting, caring for each other in this stressful year.
The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as the darkest year for us in our collective existence. From massive wildlife destruction in Australia to widespread protests against racism in the U.S to a pandemic that killed more than a million and a half people across the globe, leaving 10 times more the number jobless and schools, colleges, universities, workplaces shut for months.
We have come across tragic news of the untimely death of someone in our circles, someone who has lost a job or has been in deep distress. But all that has made us all more resilient according to a study by HBR. The study suggests men, women and kids across the world (essentially irrespective of gender, age or demography) have displayed higher levels of resilience when exposed to fear of the unknown or threat. ‘The more tangible the threat, the more resilient we become’.
We are also more adaptable today. ‘Learnbility’ and ‘learnagility’ levels have gone up. Maybe there wasn’t any option.
We would also take the opportunity to express our gratitude to all those who have continued to have faith in us in these trying times. Amidst all the chaos, the forced screen-time (courtesy online classrooms, virtual meetings, OTTs) the silver lining for us is – the average stay time in our portal has increased significantly. So, keep posting your campus updates. We shall continue to offer the free listing opportunity.
We may be happy to bid goodbye to 2020 however the masks are not going away soon. Nor is the caller tune of Big B. A typical working day will continue to start with “Good Morning, am I audible ?”. Online teaching and virtual classes are also here to stay. In fact a host of new online programmes & courses are being introduced. Some of which offer real value and at a price point which is cost effective, making quality education affordable and available. Another silver lining.
A new year brings new hopes. We are all in this together, trying to figure out how to stay afloat. Our boats may vary in size but we are in the same ocean. Thank you all once again.
Happy New Year! Stay protected.
The Year that was – Editor’s pick :