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Sharmistha Das: Passion and Perseverance Personified

Hailing from the picturesque town of Agartala in Tripura, our online learner, Sharmistha Das, is a woman driven by passion and perseverance. Married to a software developer at Apple, Sharmistha works as a quality manager. Not just that, she’s a passionate dancer whose special interests lie in martial arts as well. Let’s take a deep dive into her inspiring journey.   

Sharmishta’s family  

“My father is the principal of Mohanbhog Government School, and my mother provides unwavering support in the family’s journey. I have a brother who is an ENT specialist. Our family is complete with the joyous presence of our daughter, who is in 4th grade,” she says.  

Truly passionate about Shitō-ryū martial arts  

After work, Sharmistha dedicatedly practices Shitō-ryū martial arts for three hours daily. Speaking about her experience learning the art form, she says, “The training sessions presented a unique challenge as I found myself alongside small children, and managing these kids was a considerable challenge. At times, I felt a bit uncomfortable, but as time progressed, I discovered enjoyment in their company. Over time, I learned to handle situations with composure and confidence, focusing on the skills and knowledge I was gaining. I also managed office work and training simultaneously.”  

“Martial arts improved my mental wellbeing.”  

“Engaging in martial arts not only improved my physical fitness but also my mental well-being. The regular practice left me feeling energised, active, and notably more confident, even when going out alone during odd hours,” Sharmistha adds.  

Well, there’s more to Sharmistha’s passion and interests; in 2019, she enrolled her daughter in a karate class under the International Achievers Shitō-ryū Karate Association of India. Intrigued by learning self-defence and inspired by her active and hardworking nature, Master M. Philips Raj suggested she join the class too.  

Shitō-ryū Karate: an effective self-defense technique  

Shitō-ryū Karate, a prominent Okinawan style founded by Kenwa Mabuni in the early 20th century, transcends being just a martial art; it’s a journey of discipline, resilience, and self-discovery. Emphasising that progress goes beyond speed and strength, Shitō-ryū focuses on refining techniques, sharpening minds, and perfecting character in the dojo. Each strike and stance symbolize a commitment to self-improvement and sculpting not just the body but one’s character. Guided by principles of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, Shitō-ryū not only makes one a martial artist but a better human being. The essence of this art lies in personal growth, not just belts or tournament victories.  

Speaking about where her desire for martial arts and Karate stemmed, she says, “Firstly, my motivation stemmed from a desire to empower my daughter with physical strength to ensure her safety. My personal experiences at the workplace became an additional catalyst for my journey into Shitō-ryū. In the office environment, I often felt a sense of discomfort. To address this and enhance my confidence and fitness, I made the deliberate decision to join Shitō-ryū martial arts.”  

“As you train, let your passion fuel your perseverance. Embrace the discipline, for it’s the foundation upon which your success in both karate and life will be built. Life is too short; learn whatever you like, which gives you peace and happiness,” Sharmistha adds.  

“Every girl should learn martial arts to empower and safeguard themselves. Step onto the dojo with courage, focus on goals, and let Shitō-ryū’s spirit lead you to become the best version of yourself, both within and beyond the dojo,” Sharmistha feels.  

Apart from her love for karate and martial arts, Sharmistha is a passionate dancer. Along with her special interest in singing, yoga, and swimming, she was selected for the RD national camp from the NCC 3 PB battalion group in 2010.  

A successful professional journey spanning 8 years  

Sharmistha is an engineering graduate. After completing her undergrad, she obtained a diploma in product design in Bangalore. She then started working as a quality manager and has eight years of professional experience.  

“My professional journey began in 2010 at Ramky Group, where I served as a resources engineer (O2) in Kolkata and Tripura. Later, I transitioned to Jesmajo Industrial Fabrication Karnataka Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore, taking on the role of plant coordinator. In 2016, I joined the Merit Research Society in Agartala, Tripura, as a science teacher. From 2018 to 2021, I contributed significantly to Air Action Equipment in Bangalore as a quality manager. Currently, I am a music teacher at Dev-In National (CBSE) and Devin Academy Learning (ICSE, State) School in Bangalore since 2022,” she says.  

Ekam: A space for network building and industry insights 

One of the critical challenges faced by online students is the lack of opportunities for face-to-face interactions and networking, which are vital components of professional growth. Online Manipal comes to the rescue here. Online Manipal’s ‘Ekam’ is an in-person event for online students of Manipal University Jaipur, where learners meet their peers in person, make new friendships, reminisce about their old ones, and interact with faculty. Ekam is not just a gathering; it is a dynamic platform that enables online students to expand their professional network, gain new perspectives, and foster meaningful connections. 

Building connections beyond the screen 

Ekam bridges the divide of lack of personal touch with their peers by providing online learners with the chance to meet their peers, professors, and industry professionals in person. This face-to-face interaction is crucial for building deeper relationships and fostering a sense of community among students who might have only interacted through digital platforms. 

Our learner, Shubham Arora, who works in the tech industry and pursuing an MBA from Manipal University Jaipur attended the Ekam event that took place in the sprawling campus in May. Sharing his experience, he said, “I have made 4-5 new connections through Ekam. This event is helping me enhance my LinkedIn network and I believe I will help them to grow, and they will also help me grow whenever needed. So far, I interacted with my friends on WhatsApp groups which didn’t allow us to know each other personally. Now, I got to know about a few people, where they are from and that’s giving me an upper hand.” 

A diverse networking landscape  

One of the unique aspects of Ekam is the diverse pool of participants it attracts. Online learners from different regions, industries, and backgrounds come together, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. This diversity enriches the networking experience, as students can gain insights from different fields and broaden their understanding of various industries. 

Speaking of how Ekam has helped her meet professionals from diverse industries, our learner, Himali said, “One drawback of online degrees is not being able to meet your peers and connect with them. An event like Ekam allows us to understand who our peers are. They might be working professionals or freshers. It will help us expand our professional network by interacting with people working in different industries, having different work experiences and taking some tips on how to boost our career.” 

Fun activities and informal networking  

Networking doesn’t have to be all business. Ekam includes fun activities and social events that provide a relaxed atmosphere for students to interact informally. Whether it’s a cultural evening or a casual meet-and-greet, these activities allow students to connect on a personal level, making the networking experience more enjoyable and less intimidating. 

Our learner, Naina Chopra, who is the Community Manager of Epic.U- our in-house community networking app specially designed for online students, not only attended Ekam, but also took to the stage to give a stellar dance performance. Sharing her experience, she says, “Ekam is one of the best things about MUJ’s online degrees, where we can meet our friends in person. It’s a great opportunity for social and professional networking.” 

Conclusion 

Ekam is not just an event, but an opportunity that creates a space for online learners from diverse backgrounds to meet, greet, and build their connections. Ekam empowers online students to build a strong professional network that can propel their careers forward. 

Ekam: Bringing campus life to online learners 

Sometimes, online learners may feel the need to get campus experience at least once during their learning journey. They may want to get out of the virtual bubble, visit their university campus, hang out with their friends and meet their favorite teachers. Is that possible? Well, Online Manipal has made it possible through ‘Ekam’. Ekam is an in-person event organized in the Manipal University Jaipur for its online learners, where they can spend an entire day with their peers, participating in fun activities. Want to know more about how Ekam offers an exclusive campus experience to online learners? Well, read on to know more. 

“Felt like a college fest” 

While online education offers flexibility and accessibility, it often lacks the immersive experience of a traditional campus. Ekam bridges this gap by offering online learners the opportunity to visit the Manipal University Jaipur campus. This in-person event allows students to experience the vibrant campus atmosphere, interact with their peers face-to-face, and engage in a variety of activities that promote learning and networking. 

Our learner, Naina Chopra, who is the Community Manager of Epic.U- our in-house community networking app specially designed for online students, attended the Ekam event for the second time, because she couldn’t get enough of the sprawling Manipal University Jaipur campus. Speaking of her experience, she says, “Ekam is one of the best things about MUJ’s online degrees, where we can meet our friends in person. It feels amazing to travel to Jaipur, visit my college campus, and meet my friends. My friend and I also performed dance on stage today, and it felt like I was participating in a college fest.” 

“A great opportunity to socialize” 

Ekam includes various fun activities and social gatherings that provide a relaxed atmosphere for students to interact informally. Whether it’s a cultural evening or casual meet-and-greet sessions, these events allow students to connect on a personal level, making networking more enjoyable. One of our learners, Sunil Kumar, who attended Ekam for the first time says, “It is important to have a sense of belongingness and socialize during the program. Ekam is a great initiative to socialize with peers who we don’t get to meet every day. Ekam allows us to hang out with friends in campus, which is a great feeling.” 

“Establishing personal touch” 

No matter how many times a day learners video calls their friends, nothing matches one in-person meet up. Even though online learners don’t meet their peers every day, it is important for them to have personal touch at least with a couple of their classmates or friends. College life is all about making lifelong friendships, and an event like Ekam allows learners to strengthen the bond with their peers, making lifelong memories. Speaking about how Ekam is facilitating personal touch, our online learner, Gopika Gautam, says, “This idea of Ekam meet up is brilliant because we’re usually in touch with our friends online. This gives an opportunity to connect with them in person. Personal touch is very important, and I believe Ekam is helping us establish that bond with our classmates, which is essential for every learner.” 

Conclusion 

By bringing online learners to the Manipal University Jaipur campus, Ekam provides a holistic educational experience that combines the flexibility of online learning with the immersive benefits of campus life.  

Corporate Segmental Reporting- A boon for the discerning investor.

To cope with the present-day dynamic business environments, companies diversify into different businesses, spanning different industries, sectors, customer groups or geographically scattered markets. The financial results of the business, as we are aware, are reported in the form of consolidated financial statements for the company in the form of its Profit and Loss A/c, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow statement etc.

The presentation of financials in the form of consolidated financial statements for the group, however, poses a problem for the investors. Investors find it difficult to make sense of the profitability of the enterprise.  With the financial results combined, and the differences in the expected performance of different sectors of the economy, it is difficult for them to gauge the future profitability of the company. For example, a large conglomerate may have businesses spanning various industries like textiles, construction, retail, petro-chemicals etc. and the success of the organization will depend on the constitution and the performance of each of its varying segments. Here is where segmental reporting is very useful for all stakeholders of the company, especially its investors.

A conceptual understanding of segmental reporting and its benefits:

Segmental reporting involves reporting by corporates on the performance of each of its segments, in addition to providing the consolidated data of the group. A business segment refers to a business component, generating its own revenues and creating its own products, product lines or service offerings.

Financial Accounting Standards Board of the USA states “The purpose of the (segment) information is to assist financial statement users in analyzing and understanding the enterprise’ financial statements by permitting better assessment of the enterprises’ past performance and prospects”.

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Segmental reporting offers the following benefits:

  • Information about various products and services of a company and its performance on operations in different segments can be ascertained which is not possible to ascertain from the consolidated financial statements.
  • Segmental reporting offers more transparency in reporting of financial data. It provides a clearer view of the company’s divisions, product lines, geographical units.
  • It provides investment decision support- Segmental Reporting helps the stakeholders like lenders, investors, government, suppliers etc. to take more informed decisions with respect to the company.
  • Facilitates better analysis of the risk and returns of the organization. With the breakup of information on different segments, investors can better assess the risks associated with their investments.
  • Helps to analyze the most profitable or loss-making segments of the company.

Accounting Standard 17, the Indian regulation with respect to segment reporting:

Keeping in mind the various advantages of segmental reporting, it has been made mandatory for companies in India via Accounting Standard 17. Provisions of AS 17 are applicable with effect from 1st April 2001, for all companies that are listed on an Indian Stock Exchange or that are process of listing and on other commercial, industrial and business reporting enterprises, whose turnover for the accounting period exceeds Rs.50crores. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) expanded the scope of applicability of AS 17 on Banking, Insurance and other companies, with effect from 2004.

The companies are required to make disclosures with respect to

  1. Segment wise revenues,
  2. Segment wise expenses,
  3. Segment wise profit before tax,
  4. Segmental assets and
  5. Segmental liabilities.

Guidelines are provided in the AS 17 with respect to the calculation and disclosure of each of the above.

Business and Geographical segments

A Business segment is a distinguishable part of a business enterprise, that is subject to risks and returns that are different from those of other business segments. Each segment is important and contributes the profitability of the company and the performance of each segment affects the overall performance of the company.

Geographical segment is a distinguishable unit of an enterprise engaged in providing products or services within a particular economic environment. It is subject to risks and returns that are different from units operating in other economic environments.

Reportable segment is a business or geographical segment for which segment information is required to be disclosed. In India a business segment or geographical segment is identified as a reportable segment if

  1. Revenue from sales to external customers and from transactions with other segments is 10% or more of the total revenue of all its segments.
  2. Segment result is 10% or more of the combined profit or loss of all segments or
  3. Segment assets are 10% or more of the total assets.

However, a company may choose to report on a segment even if it does not fulfil above criteria, as per the discretion of its management.

The case of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

RIL is an Indian conglomerate with businesses the world over. With its headquarters in, Mumbai RIL has been ranked 155th by the Fortune Global 500 list as the world’s largest corporations of 2021. Reliance contributes to 8% of India’s total merchandise exports. The company has 158 subsidiary companies and 7 associate companies. With such large transactions spread over various sectors, industries, geographical markets etc, it is an ominous task to provide information to the investor on the prospects of the company.  Therefore, Segmental reporting comes in handy by providing the revenues, profitability expenses, and prospects of each its sectors. For segmental Reporting purposes, RIL’s businesses have been segregated into the following segments- Reliance Retail, Petrochemicals, Digital Services, Refining and Marketing and Oil & Gas.

Similarly, the reporting segments of ITC limited and HDFC Bank are as follows:

CompanySegment 1Segment 2Segment 3Segment 4Segment 5  
ITC LimitedFMCGHotelsAgri-businessPaper boardsPaper and packaging
HDFC BankTreasuryRetail bankingWholesale BankingOther banking operationsUnallocated
      

Challenges in Segmental Reporting

The primary challenges of segmental reporting are as follows-

Deciding the basis of segmentation: The criteria for defining segments may not be straightforward, leading to inconsistencies. Moreover, owing to the dynamic nature of business environment, over time, which may necessitate redefining segments which can complicate comparisons over different reporting periods.

Allocation of common costs, pricing of inter-segmental transactions can be an arduous task especially where there are significant inter segment transactions and where there are shared resources like corporate overhead where allocations might be subjective or based on assumptions.

Further, Companies may use varying approaches to segment reporting, making it difficult to benchmark and compare performance across companies within the same industry.

Conclusion

The challenges of segmental reporting can be addressed with a robust framework for segment identification, allocation methodologies, data management systems, and consistent application of the accounting reporting standards. The benefits of segmental reporting outweigh the challenges.  With the help of improved financial reporting as per segment reporting, offered by the large corporates, company stakeholders, get a chance to get a deeper look into the details and thereby make well-informed decisions. The investors in India are better off now than before in terms of availability of sectoral information of diversified companies helping them to take better investment decisions.

From disparity to parity: Women’s strides in leadership and compensation

Gender diversity in leadership is crucial for fostering innovative and inclusive workplaces. However, the persistent issue of pay disparity between men and women continues to undermine efforts toward equality. Addressing this disparity is a matter of fairness and is vital for economic and organizational growth.

In India, women constitute a mere 14% of leadership roles in business, despite forming 48% of the population. Globally, only 29% of senior management roles are held by women. These statistics highlight a significant underrepresentation of women in leadership positions across various sectors.

While there has been progress over the decades, such as increased female participation in education and the workforce, barriers remain. These include deep-seated cultural biases and structural impediments within organizations. Historically, women have faced obstacles like limited access to professional networks, lack of mentorship, and discriminatory practices in hiring and promotions.

Factors Contributing to Pay Disparity

Societal norms and cultural expectations play a significant role in shaping career trajectories. In many cultures, including India’s, women are often expected to prioritize family responsibilities over career advancement. This societal pressure can lead to career interruptions and part-time work, contributing to lower earnings and slower career progression.

Corporate policies often inadvertently contribute to pay disparities. Recruitment biases, inequitable promotion practices, and subjective performance evaluations disadvantage women. For example, women are less likely to be promoted to senior roles due to unconscious biases that question their leadership capabilities or commitment to the job.

Impact of Pay Disparity

The economic impact of pay disparity is profound. It reduces the overall earning potential of women, which in turn affects their families and the broader economy. According to a McKinsey report, closing the gender pay gap in India could add $700 billion to the GDP by 2025.

Pay disparity also has significant personal and professional repercussions. Women earning less than their male counterparts often experience reduced motivation and job satisfaction. This can lead to higher turnover rates and deter women from pursuing leadership roles, further perpetuating the cycle of inequality.

Case Studies of Women Leaders

Women leaders often face unique challenges such as balancing work and family life, overcoming gender biases, and proving their competence in male-dominated fields. Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, frequently spoke about the need to “bring your whole self to work” and navigate the complexities of leadership while addressing gender biases.

Despite these challenges, many women have broken through barriers to achieve leadership roles. For instance, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the founder of Biocon, has become a leading figure in the biotechnology industry through her perseverance and vision.

Another remarkable success story is that of Arundhati Bhattacharya, the former Chairperson of the State Bank of India. She became the first woman to lead India’s largest commercial bank, steering it through significant transformations and digital advancements.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra, the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, is another inspiring leader. She is the first woman to lead a listed IT company in India and has driven the company’s strategic direction and innovation.

Strategies to Address Pay Disparity

Government and corporate policies can play a pivotal role in addressing pay disparity. Implementing pay transparency, enforcing equal pay legislation, and mandating gender diversity reporting are essential steps. Countries like Iceland have made significant strides with their pay equality laws, setting an example for other nations to follow.

Companies can promote gender equality through various initiatives. Mentorship programs, diversity training, and flexible work arrangements can help create a supportive environment for women. Google, for instance, has introduced initiatives aimed at promoting gender diversity, including unconscious bias training and mentorship programs.

Role of Education and Mentorship

Education is a powerful tool for empowering women. Programs focused on leadership skills, negotiation techniques, and financial literacy can equip women with the necessary tools to pursue leadership roles and negotiate fair pay. Universities like the Manipal University Jaipur and Manipal Academy of Higher Education offer online as well as offline MBAs with new-age electives and specializations. 

Mentorship and networking are crucial for career advancement. Women benefit greatly from guidance and support from experienced leaders. Organizations can facilitate mentorship programs and networking opportunities to help women build connections and gain insights into navigating their careers.

Conclusion

Addressing pay disparity and promoting gender diversity in leadership roles are essential for creating equitable workplaces. By implementing policy changes, and corporate initiatives, and fostering education and mentorship, we can pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future. Organizations and policymakers must take actionable steps to ensure women have equal opportunities to lead and thrive in their careers.

Another successful Convocation of online graduates of Manipal University Jaipur! 

It was a hot summer morning in Jaipur on 25th May 2024, when the online graduates of Manipal University Jaipur, who travelled from different corners of the country gathered in the sprawling MUJ campus to attend their Convocation ceremony. In the life of an online learner, Convocation marks a significant milestone. After days of pure dedication and staying motivated in a virtual classroom, an online learner sets foot to experience the real world. A Convocation in the college campus makes it even more special. 

This was the second successful in-person Convocation held by Manipal University Jaipur for its online graduates. A total of 1,308 students of MBA (Master of Business Administration), MCA (Master of Computer Applications), MCom (Master of Commerce), and MA JMC (Master of Journalism and Mass Communication) marked this milestone in their academic journey. The rest of the achievers, who couldn’t make it in person, will receive their well-deserved certificates both digitally and in hard copy.     

Inspired by the success of the first Convocation, online learners, dressed in their best attires, brimming with excitement reached the campus on the morning of May 25th, Saturday. They took their time to look around the picturesque campus, met up with their friends, interacted with faculty and waited with excitement to receive their certificates.  

Soon after they were served a lavish buffet lunch, students headed to a state-of-the art auditorium, all set to receive their degree certificates. The convocation kicked off with a procession by the dignitaries- Dr G K Prabhu, President, Manipal University Jaipur, Cmde (Dr) Jawahar M Jangir, Pro President, MUJ, Dr Mallikarjuna Gadapa, Director, Center for Distance and Online Education, MUJ, and Mr Ambrish Sinha, CEO, UNext Learning. The chief guest of the event was Gautam Khanna, Senior Vice President, M&A, Wipro Digital & Cloud.  

Dr G K Prabhu, President, Manipal University Jaipur, addressed the first batch of online graduates and said, “In a world where technology continues to revolutionize every aspect of our lives, online education stands at the forefront of innovation. Our online degree programs have empowered individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue higher education without the constraint of time and space. Hope you continue to strive for excellence, uphold the values instilled in you and make a positive impact on society.” 

Speaking about the grand success of the convocation, Dr Mallikarjuna Gadapa, Director, Centre for Distance and Online Education (CDOE), Manipal University Jaipur, said, “In today’s digital age, online degrees from Manipal University Jaipur enable students to realize their full potential without sacrificing their current responsibilities and jobs. By providing high-quality education online, we are transforming the lives of students by helping them become future-ready professionals who can compete in the evolving job market. We are happy and proud to see our students performing well in their respective fields and we wish the graduating batch all success in their future endeavors.” 

Congratulating the online graduates, the Chief Guest, Gautam Khanna, Senior Vice President, M&A, Wipro Digital & Cloud, said, “Grit & resilience, curiosity & adaptiveness, and having a strong moral compass are the key attributes to one’s success. We live in an extremely fast paced and evolving world and online education is the best tool in the hands of learners. As online learners, you have been spending your weekends in learning and I would encourage you all to continue doing that to be lifelong learners.” 

For graduates who were present on campus, the day was filled with excitement of walking across the stage, shaking hands with faculty, and receiving their well-deserved degrees. Not only that, students from various walks of life came together, creating lifelong bonds and memories.  

Best online degrees in humanities

One of the most commonly believed myths among many students is that taking up Science at the 10+2 level opens up better career prospects after completing schooling. For this reason, several students opt out of the Humanities under the misconception that it does not have the potential to pave a lucrative career path. On the contrary, Humanities is one of the most employable and rewarding career streams today, producing professionals with a deeper understanding of varied concepts. The fact that you can now pursue a host of online humanities degrees is the cherry on top.

Let us now take a quick look at the top Humanities programs online that you can choose to pursue based on your interests and preferences. These degree programs are available both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • BA English: A Bachelor of Arts in English is one of the top choices for students opting for the Humanities stream. The degree enables students to enhance their skills in reading, writing, and speaking English, thereby improving their overall academic performance. Students pursuing BA English courses generally develop a keen interest in literature and varied cultural forms.
  • BA Political Science: This degree opens up varied career paths in civil services, NGOs, political consulting, diplomacy, research organizations, journalism, policy-making and analysis, and social services, among more.
  • BA Sociology: Yet another degree to be considered for Humanities students, the course improves understanding of human interactions, social relationships, and cultural facets of the society. Students can unlock opportunities in managerial job roles in public institutions, corporations, NGOs, and more.
  • BA Psychology: The degree helps develop essential skills in students, such as problem-solving, research, critical thinking and data analysis, and effective communication. A few career options include counselor, journalist, researcher, clinical psychologist, social worker, teacher, and psychiatric technician.
  • BA Journalism: Humanities broadens a student’s understanding of society in general, which in turn opens up career prospects in the field of journalism and mass communication, including sales and marketing, and public relations as well.

Some of the top PG degrees that are a good option to consider for students from the Humanities background include the following:

  • MA English: An upskill to Bachelor’s in English courses, an MA in English enhances your linguistic skills, paving the way for rewarding career prospects in media, academia, and writing. 
  • MA Sociology: The course helps develop social skills, solve societal issues, and better understand human behavior and interactions. 
  • MA Political Science: It is the best way to learn more about international laws and organizations, and develop a deep awareness of political trends and current affairs.  
  • MA Journalism: A perfect route for students keen on pursuing a career in the domains of journalism and media. Students gain hands-on experience in script and screenwriting, photography, mobile editing software, digital publishing and marketing, and many more similar areas.

Top careers in humanities

Now that we understand fairly the different types of degree programs that can be pursued by students from the Humanities background both at the UG and PG levels, let us take a quick look at the top career prospects that are in store for you:

Top career roleKey responsibilitiesAverage annual salary
Foreign Language TeacherPreparing course material for classroom/online learning, grading test papers, assigning homeworkINR 9,97,691 per annum
Art DirectorResponsible for handling the visual elements of an advertising or media campaignINR 8,61,815 per annum
Social WorkerAssisting individuals and families in improving overall quality of life INR 8 lakh per annum
Technical WriterAbility to quickly grasp technical information, research, write, and edit complex data in an easy-to-understand manner INR 7.85 lakh per annum
Digital Marketing StrategistDeveloping and executing the digital marketing strategy for a companyINR 7,50,000 per annum 
Content Marketing ManagerDevelopment and implementation of content strategies for brand awareness and lead generation INR 6,70,995 per annum
Editor Planning and coordination for publishing improved and revised content for newspapers, books, periodicals, and websitesINR 6.15 lakh per annum
Public Relations ManagerCreating and managing the public identity and image of an organizationINR 5,71,643 per annum
Copywriter Create clear, concise, and engaging copy for various advertising and marketing channelsINR 5.5 lakhs per annum
Psychologist Diagnose and treat psychological issues and disorders related to the physical and mental health of individualsINR 4 lakh per annum

Choose Sikkim Manipal University for an online Humanities degree

Considering the top demand for students in Humanities in varied career roles, there is an inevitable preference for Humanities degrees on the Internet. Online learning creates space for flexibility and convenience, something that is unparalleled in the context of conventional campus programs. Moreover, online Humanities courses are equally at par with their traditional offline counterparts, making the former an obvious choice among students. 

Sikkim Manipal University is one of the leaders in online learning for students, offering varied choices via the Online Manipal platform. Based on your passion and career aspirations, you can choose one of the many Humanities courses both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Conclusion

Ready to start your Humanities education online? Take the first step with Sikkim Manipal University’s Bachelor of Arts courses offered in a combination of 3 top subjects – English, Sociology, and Political Science. If you like to take your career to the next level, an MA in each of these 3 subjects from Sikkim Manipal can be an ideal choice. The university is accredited by NAAC and offers UGC-entitled degree programs to students in India and abroad via the reputed Online Manipal portal.  

How to become a Corporate Analyst?

Corporate Analysts are entrusted with the responsibility of making informed business decisions for an organization. They perform this role by thoroughly evaluating the overall performance and financial data of a company and extracting valuable insights for necessary improvements. Corporate analysts are also known as financial analysts and business analysts. If this career interests you, this blog will help throw light on the Corporate Analyst career path and the exact requirements for becoming one.

What is a Corporate Analyst?

As stated above, Corporate Analysts are involved in assisting a company improve its productivity and financial stability. They can do this by analyzing market trends, and business data, and preparing reports and models. Corporate analysts also offer financial support and assistance to the management. 

They generally work in financial institutions, large corporations, consulting firms, and other similar places that need a detailed analysis of a company’s finances and operations. 

How to become a Corporate Analyst?

Deciding to take the career path of a Corporate Analyst is one that requires an ideal combination of the right education, relevant professional experience, and the right skill set. Listed below are the exact steps to become a Corporate Analyst in India:

  1. Get the right education: A Bachelor’s degree in a related domain such as accounting, economics, finance, or business administration is ideal to start your academic journey on the corporate analyst career path. 

You may choose to follow up your Bachelor’s with an optional Master’s degree in finance or an MBA that can help gain deeper insights into financial and business analysis and boost your career prospects. 

  1. Build the right skillset: The career trajectory of a corporate analyst requires them to possess some specialized relevant skills in the domain. Some of them include technical skills in financial analysis software like SAS and Bloomberg, software tools like MS Excel, and knowledge of programming languages like Python or SQL.

A few other good-to-have skills for corporate analysts include analytical skills, problem-solving ability, financial modeling skills, and effective communication.

  1. Earn the relevant work experience: Enter into internships or entry-level roles in the domains of accounting, finance, and business analysis. This will help you gain sufficient practical experience in the field for future career growth.
  1. Upskill yourself: Once you start working in the role of a Corporate Analyst, it helps to keep upskilling yourself in the domain by earning professional certifications in the domain. Some of the top ones include CPA, FMVA, CFA, and CMA. 
  1. Network: Networking is an important step in this career path. Make sure to join professional bodies such as the ICAI, CFA Institute, or local financial analyst societies. Look out for mentors who can help guide you on your career trajectory and seek guidance and assistance from them. Also be on the lookout for workshops, industry events, and seminars.

Skills needed for Corporate Analyst

In addition to meeting the required Corporate Analyst qualifications, you must also have certain specialized skills to chart out a career path in this role. Some of the top skills defined for Corporate Analysts are explained below:

  • Technical skills: These are the most important prerequisites for Corporate Analysts, requiring them to have sound knowledge of financial modeling, data analysis, accounting, and financial software tools. 
  • Effective communication skills: This includes both verbal and written communication that can break down complex financial data into easy-to-understand concepts for an audience with a non-financial background.
  • Problem-solving skills: Corporate analysts must be able to identify potential problems in a company’s financial and operational areas and offer creative and innovative solutions for overall improvement and growth.
  • Analytical skills: Attention to detail, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis are key skills here, enabling Corporate Analysts to display precision in their work.

Roles & responsibilities of Corporate Analyst

Corporate analysts are expected to handle a multitude of tasks in an organization, some of which are defined below for better understanding. The table below lists the top Corporate Analyst job roles and the responsibilities that they are expected to assume as part of their role:

Corporate Analyst responsibilitiesTasks corporate analysts are expected to perform
Data analysisCollection and analysis of complex business data
Problem-solving Identification of business problems and offering solutions
Lending financial assistanceOffering financial guidance and support to the management
Communication Conveying data findings to executives and managers
Reporting and modelingPreparing reports and models based on financial analysis

Corporate Analyst salary in India

The salary of a Corporate Analyst in India differs depending on several factors, such as the reputation of the company, its size, and location. The potential market value of a candidate is likely to be higher depending on their academic background and work experience as well.   

The average annual salary of a Corporate Analyst in India is estimated at INR 11,66,353 per annum. The figures are indicative only and are likely to vary as per qualifications, skills, and experience from one organization to the other.

Conclusion

The role of a Corporate Analyst demands huge responsibility and also holds immense value for professionals. Equal value is added to the organization they work for, adding their expertise and skills in the process. 

This blog highlighted the immediate first steps that you can take to embark on a career path as a Corporate Analyst. Pursuing a degree in the field of commerce can help in this direction. Sikkim Manipal University offers online BCom and MCom courses on the Online Manipal platform, offering convenience and flexibility in learning to students. Graduates in these courses can then opt for rewarding careers in the role of a Corporate Analyst at different financial institutions and similar organizations.     

What should I study to become an IAS officer?

Aspiring to be an IAS officer but not sure where and how to begin? Trust that you aren’t alone on this journey. Several thousands of students every year who aspire to follow their dreams and enter the IAS services face the same confusion before them – which degree to pursue at the Bachelor’s level? They seem to be completely clueless after completing class 12 as to which course can help them advance on the IAS path. Moreover, students equally find it difficult to choose the right course that helps them qualify for the UPSC exams with ease.

This blog aims to educate students who are keen on treading the IAS trajectory after completing class 12 by helping them make an informed choice of subjects at the undergraduate level.

Best degrees to become an IAS officer

Let us begin by clarifying that one of the best degree choices if you are a keen IAS aspirant is a Bachelor of Arts or BA. The course is considered ideal for students looking forward to appearing for UPSC exams shortly. 

The simple reason for this choice is that BA courses cover several subjects that are also an integral part of the UPSC curriculum. Most BA programs primarily include Social Sciences and Humanities subjects, which are also highly relevant to the study materials for IAS preparation. The direct connection between BA degree programs and the UPSC curriculum makes the former a natural choice among IAS aspirants.

To further help simplify your choice, we list below a few of the top degree programs that can be highly considered as part of your IAS exam preparation guide. These courses can be an ideal choice if you are thoroughly preparing to appear for the USPC:

  • Political Science – Needless to say, anyone keen on entering the Indian civil services must have a deep understanding of the political foundations of the country. A degree in Political Science provides just the right know-how in this regard. Moreover, Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) are counted as one of the most popular optional subjects in the IAS syllabus and study plan.
  • Economics – Yet another popular subject accorded high regard by the policymakers of the country, a fair knowledge of the Indian economy is vital to be considered for entry into the IAS. Diplomats who have a background in Economics at the UG/PG levels are rather coveted and offered top roles in various ministries and departments of the Indian government.
  • History – Before embarking on a journey to make a difference to your country’s present and future, it is important to understand its history thoroughly. This is why studying history at your degree level can help, as it is also one of the key subjects to opt for in UPSC exams.
  • Public Administration – This is one of the key tasks for IAS officers, also known as public administrators in our country. A fair knowledge of the subject can help pursue this task efficiently and succeed in delivering good results for overall growth and development.
  • Geography – One of the highly recommended optional subjects in the UPSC Civil Services exam, Geography students gain deeper insights into the environment and ecology of their country and its surroundings, thereby helping them in their future role in the IAS.

How to become an IAS officer?

So we discussed above the various course options that you can pick from to pursue a career in the Indian Civil Services. Let us now lay down the exact step-by-step methodology of entering IAS and achieving your dream:

  1. Choose the right course: It starts with just that. While it can be argued that students from any educational background can apply for UPSC exams, it is highly agreed upon that choosing Humanities at the 10+2 level is more relevant and apt for UPSC preparations. After 12th, it helps to opt for BA courses with specializations in Political Science, Economics, Geography, History, Law, or Public Administration, as these subjects are covered in the UPSC curriculum as well and the overlap can be advantageous for students.
  1. Start preparing for UPSC: The UPSC exam is taken in 3 stages – Preliminary or Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The exam is designed to evaluate the aptitude of the students with regard to subjects like history, politics, current affairs, and the like. Additionally, you can read up other books for IAS exam preparation that can facilitate the process.
  1. Apply for the exam: Now is the time to appear for the exam. You can apply directly on the UPSC website by downloading the forms and following the instructions.

Conclusion

Clearing the USPC exam is tough and requires determination and hard work for success. However, the journey is fruitful with the end result being entry into the Indian Civil Services. As highlighted in this blog, the first step to the journey begins with choosing the right degree and recommended resources for IAS exam at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Pursuing a BA and following it up with an MA is one of the ideal choices for IAS.

Since UPSC preparations involve a lot of effort and time, it helps to pursue the degree online, as it would offer the flexibility and convenience to learn at your own pace and time. Sikkim Manipal University offers a host of choices for BA and MA courses to students. The online BA program is offered with a combination of 3 subjects – English, Sociology, and Political Science, all of which overlap with UPSC exam preparations. Besides, the MA course can also be pursued with specializations in each of these 3 subjects. Sikkim Manipal University is accredited by NAAC and offers these degrees entitled by the UGC on the Online Manipal platform.    

Top books for MA political science students

If you are pursuing an MA in Political Science, it can be beneficial to be well-read in matters that concern society and the environment around you. A fair knowledge of the current affairs concerning the Indian and the global society can prove to be a bonus to the existing curriculum that the course entails. This is why it is useful to study outside of the prescribed books for a Master’s in Political Science. This blog aims to provide helpful political science book recommendations to students of the subject, to help them expand their knowledge base in the domain.

Top books for political science students

If you are an avid learner of the political science subject and keen on broadening your perspective, here are some must-read books for MA political science students that can prove to be particularly helpful:

  1. The Prince: It is a short political paper by Niccolo Machiavelli, written in 1513, on how to assume power, establish a state, and maintain it. The paper serves as a political guide based on the lessons drawn from Italian history.
  1. Second Treatise of Government: Written by John Locke in 1689, the treatise directly reflects the political scenario in England during that period. Locke affirms in his treatise the moral political power of the state to create and enforce laws for the overall good of the public at large. 
  1. The Republic: One of the most popular books for political science students, The Republic was written by Plato in 375 B.C. A philosopher from Athens, Plato is renowned for being among the first Western thinkers to connect philosophy with politics. He argued that a just society was based on a harmonious relationship between the 3 groups – auxiliaries or soldiers, producers or farmers, and guardians or rulers. 
  1. Leviathan: A book by Thomas Hobbes in 1651, Leviathan is set against the backdrop of the civil war in England when the parliament was looking to dethrone Charles I and form a republic in the country. Hobbes’s argument was based on the premise that humans are accustomed to living in a state of anarchy and that a “social contract” between people and the state is likely to remove complete domination. 
  1. The Social Contract: The famous theory by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract was written in 1762 during the period that led up to the French Revolution. Written by Rousseau, a philosopher in France, his theory argues that laws can only be binding when they are supported by the people’s general will.

Why choose an MA in political science?

After detailing an overview of the most popular political science literature for MA students, let us take a quick look at how an online Master’s in political science can help students:

  • It expands your knowledge base: An MA in political science helps enhance your know-how about varied domains in the political arena, such as government schemes, public policies, political activities, and also the thought processes of major political thinkers and reformers.
  • It opens up career pathways: Graduates with an MA in political science can look forward to rewarding career prospects in NGOs, research organizations, the government, public interest groups, and academia. 
  • It offers flexibility: Pursuing the degree online enables you to study at your own pace and time, allowing you to balance your studies with other areas of your life.
  • It enhances the scope for networking: Online group discussions with peers and other industry experts who are a part of online MA political science courses facilitate opportunities for networking among students. This can prove beneficial in looking for suitable career opportunities after graduation.
  • Online degrees are equivalent in value to offline ones: Along with the flexibility and comfort of pursuing studies from home, yet another advantage of pursuing an MA in political science online is that it is at par with its conventional campus counterparts. Degrees pursued online from a recognized university hold as much relevance and value in the industry as those completed at a traditional physical university.

Career path after MA in political science

Now that we understand the relevance and importance of pursuing a Master’s in political science, let us look at some of the top job roles that you can be eligible for after graduation:

Expected job roleAverage annual salary (approx)
Economist INR 11,71,394 per annum
Political ScientistINR 750,000 per annum
Journalist INR 6,70,572 per annum
Intelligence AnalystINR 6,40,000 per annum
Legislative AssistantINR 4,25,041 per annum

Conclusion

A Master’s in Political Science provides a guided framework to students for taking the next step in their career in related domains. It enhances their knowledge base and equips them with the desired skill set for a progressive career path. What also helps along the way is regular reading of relevant political literature that offers deeper insights into the history of the world and a complete perspective of the political scenarios in different countries during different eras.

Some of the best-recommended readings for MA political science students have been highlighted in this blog. These books can help expand your mind to learn more about what prevailed in different periods in different parts of the world, while also supplementing your current curriculum for political science Master’s courses. 

Pursuing the degree online can also be helpful, offering convenience in learning while also helping learn the required skills for a rewarding career in politics and related domains. Sikkim Manipal University offers an online MA in Political Science on the Online Manipal platform. The course is designed to help students advance their learning in the world of politics from the comfort of their homes and move on to progressive career paths in the domain.  

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