Can’t cast doubt on vaccination: SC on plea seeking probe on deaths linked to vaccine

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New Delhi, Nov 26 | The Supreme Court on Friday said it cannot send a wrong message on the ongoing Covid vaccination and emphasized that the WHO has also spoken in favour of the vaccines.

A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A.S. Bopanna said: “We cannot send a message that there is some problem with the vaccination. The WHO has spoken in favour of vaccines, countries across the world are doing it! We cannot just cast doubt on it.”

Justice Chandrachud further added that the revised guidelines also provide another channel for tracking serious and minor AEFI (adverse event following immunisation) through the ‘peripheral health staff’, which includes Asha workers. Citing monthly progress reports, he reiterated that at this juncture, it is not correct to cast a doubt on vaccination.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing the petitioners, submitted that there were hundreds of reported deaths across the country, linked to the vaccine, at the time this petition was filed. He contended that healthy people going for vaccination are collapsing and dying.

Justice Chandrachud replied it may not be attributed to the vaccine and queried, “What is the correlation?”

Gonsalves replied, “Maybe. But, we must have a monitoring system to record this…”. He added that 2015 AEFI guidelines were revised in 2020, which only provides for passive surveillance — relying only on the complaint of a person concerned or the family affected.

Justice Chandrachud remarked, “We cannot say, we haven’t formulated guidelines for AEFI in India. We do have a system. There are always bound to be dissenters, but we can’t fashion our policy as per them.”

He added that the court has to see the good of the nation as a whole. “The world was in the throes of an unprecedented pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in our life. It is of the highest national importance that we vaccinate,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud further added that there will always be studies, either five or ten years down the lane, but, at this stage, “We cannot afford the price of laxity, of not vaccinating. We have to keep the people safe and reduce fatality.”

Justice Chandrachud emphasized, “When you have guidelines, why should the court interfere at this crucial stage of vaccination? Every country in the world has multiple vaccines…look at the developed world, the US.”

After detailed hearing in the argument, the bench asked Gonsalves to serve the petition in the office of the Solicitor General. The petitioners, Ajay Kumar Gupta and others, sought direction to the Centre to follow up, record and advertise instances of death occurring within 30 days of immunisation.

The bench said, “We have a few things in our minds,” and scheduled the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

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’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • 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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