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It is not business as usual at India’s business schools. The Covid-19 pandemic has left the annual cycle of education and training of India’s future management professionals at these institutions massively disrupted, as in other educational sectors. Normally vibrant campuses, which are usually filled with students attending classes and undertaking case studies—and frequently attended by businesses looking to hire—have been closed for months. Learning has become an isolated exercise, conducted online. Instead of on-site internships with market visits and customer interactions, students have had to make do with virtual training, and even that is only being organised by some industrial houses. According to online training and internship platform Internshala, before Covid-19, 35 per cent of employers hired in-office interns, 39 per cent hired virtual interns, while the remaining 26 per cent hired a mix of both in-office and virtual interns. Since the pandemic hit, those numbers have changed to 22 per cent, 63 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.

Worse, the disruption caused by the pandemic has not only impacted students’ campus lives and their internships. With economic activity severely curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions, impacting jobs,

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