Madras HC comes out heavily against govt on Thoothukodi police firing

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Chennai, June 25 | The Madras High Court on Friday came down heavily against the Tamil Nadu government over the 2018 police firing at Thoothukodi against unarmed protestors at the Sterlite plant that left 13 people dead.

A bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam made the observation on a plea seeking a direction to the National Human Rights Commission to reopen the case pertaining to the police firing incident.

“It is somewhat alarming that the state, through its police, fired at unarmed protestors and no one is booked three years after the incident. It does not augur well for a civilised society governed by constitutional principles that we have to merely throw money at the families of the victims and give closure to an incident of brutality and excessive police action,” it said, while directing the NHRC to submit the report of its team that probed the police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors.

The court also orally observed that throwing money at people and hushing up everything is not good for a society governed by a Constitution. A greater part with regard to the punishment is left unanswered, it noted.

“Can we kill people and throw money at them and say that our job is done? Is that the society we want to build? Just throwing money at some people and everything else is hushed up,” it said.

The High Court also directed the Tamil Nadu government to submit the interim report of the Justice (retired) Aruna Jagadeesan Commission.

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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