Madras HC to hear PIL against hunting down of ‘killer’ tiger

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Chennai, Oct 5 | The Madras High Court will on Tuesday hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Chennai-based animal rights group against the orders to “hunt down” the “killer” tiger at Gudalur.

A bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P.D. Audikesavalu will hear the petition filed by the People for Cattle in India (PFCI), against Tamil Nadu Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shekar Kumar Neeraj’s Saturday order to hunt down the tiger which was alleged to be responsible for the killing of four people and 12 cattle.

The PFCI, in its PIL, alleged that the order was not in consonance with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) guidelines.

Noting the NTCA was a statutory body set up for protection and conservation of tigers by issuance of advisories and or guidelines to forest authorities in a timely manner, it said that NTCA guidelines have mentioned that the tigers would use agriculture or sugarcane fields to hunt their prey and that such visits might also cause lethal encounters with humans, and “such animals should not be declared as dangerous to human life”.

The NTCA also states that confirmed habituated tigers or leopards which stalk human beings and feed on the body are likely to be dangerous to human life but such declaration requires considerable examination based on field evidence, it said.

The petitioner alleged that there was no evidence in the case of MDT23 tiger that it was stalking human being habitually and avoiding natural prey, alleging that the forest officials, due to their inability to catch the animal alive, have ordered to hunt it down.

Meanwhile, the MDT23 tiger was elusive on the ninth day even as five to six teams of the Forest Department were searching for it, with the aid of two Kumki elephants, Udayan and Srinivasan, and three sniffer dogs.

The PCCF issued the shooting order on Saturday after local people conducted protests at Gudalur and Masinagudi following the finding of the carcass of 82-year-old Basavanna, who reportedly attacked, killed, and eaten by the tiger.

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 ?
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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.

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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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