HC seeks response from Centre, FB, Insta on objectionable posts on Hindu gods

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New Delhi, June 14 | The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre, Facebook and Instagram, seeking their response on a plea raising concern over the publication of “highly obnoxious and objectionable posts” on Hindu gods on Instagram.

Petitioner Aditya Singh Deshwal found the “highly objectionable” posts by an Instagram user going by the name ‘Islam Ki Sherni’. According to the petitioner, the content had abusive language on Hindu gods and goddesses along with their vulgar representation in the form of cartoons and graphics.

The plea contended that even after regularly complaining to the grievance officer of Instagram under the new IT Rules, no action was taken. Therefore, the petitioner moved the Delhi High Court.

Senior advocate G. Tushar Rao and advocate Ayush Saxena, representing the petitioner, submitted before the court that Instagram has failed to comply with the new IT Rules, 2021 in its true sense.

The petitioner raised multiple legal grounds concerning the new IT Rules along with his prayer of immediate removal of such ‘obnoxious’ content.

The petitioner’s counsel argued that notice should be issued to all the respondents seeking their reply on the legal grounds raised in the petition.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, representing Instagram and Facebook, apprised the court that the user who had uploaded the content has been blocked and the content has been removed, therefore, the petition should be disposed of.

After hearing the arguments, a bench of Justice Rekha Palli sought response from the Centre, Instagram and Facebook on the plea.

One of the legal grounds in the petition said: “Whether the direction of giving acknowledgement within 24 hours of receipt of complaint by grievance officer as per Rule 3 (2) (1) (a) of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 is mandatory or directory in nature? If it is mandatory in nature, then can Respondent No. 2 being the grievance officer of Instagram, which is a Significant Social Media Intermediary (SSMI), refuse to do compliance of the same?”

Raising another legal ground, the plea queried: “Whether in the light of Rule 3 (2) (1) (a) of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, the same grievance officer can be appointed for two SSMIs, which have followers of more than 50 lakhs and whether the same shall be considered as true compliance of these said rules in its true sense?”

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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