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The definition of EDUCATION in modern times is crisp and direct. Be good at your chosen area of studies, the rest will take its own course. Who cares about the ethical norms if the disciplines chosen have been endorsed by the mainstream academic! What was ethically too outrageous has now become new normal. You can be excessively cunning, self-centered, uncompassionate, biased, or even illogical, but still, you can be academically qualified and you would be applauded. Only thing is that you need to maneuver yourself with an air of dignity and ostentation that appeals to the masses.
Dr. X, a very noted neurosurgeon of a certain city is unkind, arrogant, and lecherous. But he is a much-sought-after medical professional. He has mastered every part of your nervous system. Since he can deftly deal with your delicate nerves, you have no right to question his unrestrained testosterone and other personal failings. Moreover, in his vast study of science, there is literally no exclusive emphasis that he must be ethically acceptable after attaining academic proficiency.
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Similarly, our advocate for justice can be a tricky fox. He can cook up crafty schemes to squeeze out the fees mercilessly from his unsuspecting clients. For the money, he can drag out the cases for several months and several years. Any fear that his qualification will be derecognized? There is no such precedent. Therefore, a lawyer these days can also go to the extent to prove a wrong as a right and the other way round. Has a deviant rapist not got away through a lawyer’s contrived design and legal skills? A murderer gets acquitted if he can hire a high-profile lawyer.
Look at our legislatures who governor us. Many of them are involved in the most unethical activities and high-voltage corruption. What could we expect when the makers of the laws are the first breaker of the laws, more precisely ethical values? Just other days I happened to watch a video clip by a frustrated social activist from West Bengal – Ms. S. Chakraborty who is actively associated with Human Rights.
With an intense surge of anger, she thundered — “West Bengal Chief Minister is a hardcore despot who has used her administrative machinery to torture Hindu people who protest or disagree with her style of the functioning. Her blatant favoritism towards those who have really been posing threats to the integrity of the nation and the indigenous natives has become a serious concern. In spite of being the Head of the state she has blood-thirsty party cadres who have allegedly murdered so many Hindus against whom even FIR cannot be lodged…..”
Is this due to lack of education the Bengal CM has acted this way? No, not at all. Mamata Banerjee has a high degree of academic qualifications under her belt. What’s more, Didi has additionally been crowned with a Doctorate of Literature degree by Calcutta University. Will this academic honor be taken away now when she has abused the constitutional power unethically? That how we “tolerate” such abnormality in our leaders is a serious question to all the citizens who brags about the power of democracy. Why do our certain intellectuals and columnists turn blind eyes to Didi’s atrocities which are totally inhumane and unconstitutional? Is it that they have lost their “prudence” and human ethics? It calls for serious soul-searching.
Perhaps all acknowledge how the President of America Donald Trump earned the wrath of a huge number of females. His past unholy anecdotes literally “grabbed the attention” of the world population. Perhaps all these immoral and sexual misconducts have littered the political history of America that would be stinking to high heaven.
Don’t be surprised, our spiritual masters of various religions are not far behind. Many of them have been caught while committing the most “satanic acts” and so on. How do you define if the custodians of the spiritual values throw ethics to the wind? What about the terror activities hurting humanity which have root in the religious fanaticism? The long agitation of CAA and the bloody consequences therefrom smack of religious bigotry and outright hatred for others.
In the entertainment world, the lesser said the better. Every human eccentricity is on the show and every imaginable bestiality feasted upon. Have we ever thought about our tender kids who have been exposed to all these obscene immoralities? Those who shed the sanctity of modesty today are promoted as celebrities tomorrow. Our silence is itself blameworthy. Yes, with the rapid rise in consumerism and base entertainment in the digital world, the whisper of morality gets easily drowned out.
What I’ve cited here as examples are just the tips of the iceberg. In every sphere of life, we see ethics being trampled into pieces. In one’s eyes, our present education has completely failed to inculcate human values, which must have been the “first requisites” of education. Amidst the glitter of gross education, our system of academia has lost sight of ethics underneath.
I don’t think the greatest thinker Albert Einstein was wrong when he “prized” moral values over education only with facts and figures. He has “forewarned” CIVILIZATION by proclaiming – “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” This rational scientist did not insist on the accumulation of raw information and run riot.
Well, education without ethics has only led to intellectual indigestion. This sickness has rapidly been draining away the very strength of humanity and inner values from society. I wish we had listened to what Einstein said about ethics as we have listened to his “MC square” and “Theory of Relativity”. Given the situation, we need to think more upon the “Theory of Ethics” than the “Theory of Relativity”. Without our knowledge of the science, NATURE will continue to nourish us, but without the strength of ethics and human values, we shall certainly be overcome by various kinds of catastrophic misfortune leading to social degeneration.
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By- Sunidhi Beeliya
Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, recently brought out a report highlighting the inclination of young graduates towards learning professional communication skills. The platform has registered a massive increase of 90% in the number of enrollments, in communication skills training, within the past 1 year.
Interestingly, 63% of the overall registrations in the training were made by women learners from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad. This is a strong indicator of how women are constantly striving to learn effective communication techniques, focussing on fluency and pronunciation, avoiding communication roadblocks, and mastering their speaking, writing, presentation, English communication, and interpersonal skills for the workplace.
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The report also suggests that 49% of all the enrollments were made by the learners to gain a new skill. This could be anything from understanding the importance of body language and mastering active listening skills, to learning resume writing, cover letter writing, drafting emails, or essential interview skills. 30% of the learners' objective was to get an internship or job in future after polishing their workplace communication skills.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21. More than 62,000 internship opportunities, posted for popular profiles including content writing, business development (sales), marketing, social media marketing, and digital marketing, demanded English proficiency (spoken and written) as a major skill. This was 41% more than what employers used to look for in 2017-18.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21Unsplash
As per the report, while applying for internships in popular profiles, during 2020-21, more than 6.46 lac students mentioned knowledge of English (spoken and written) as a major skill in their resume.
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Academic counselling institutions, ed-tech platforms, service providers to startups, marketing and advertising companies, and online media organisations, were the top recruiters who were looking for English proficiency in candidates for most of their intern requirements.
Emphasising on the importance of corporate communication skills for new-age learners, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala Trainings said, "The ability to express and document ideas, give and seek constructive feedback, work collaboratively, effectively listen, and show empathy, is essential for getting employed and career development. Young graduates, seeking new career avenues, must know how to communicate professionally to adapt to different organisational cultures and work environments."
"Our short-termed and self-paced trainings are designed to empower the learners to enhance their interpersonal and written communication skills essential for the workplace. The guidance of leading industry experts and practical exposure through assignments and real-world projects helps learners attain their career goals." He added.
Maharashtra produces the most exquisite hand weave in the country. These sarees are considered the most treasured fabrics among all others, and to own one is a luxury. It was mainly propagated during the time of the Mughals and is something that still lives on.
The Paithani weave is known for its tight weave. Each saree uses nearly 500 grams of pure silk and 250 grams of silver thread. These two threads are woven together in such a way that the fabric has a lustre from the silver threads. It is usually decorated with peacocks, lotus, or vine motifs.
Aurangzeb, the last Mughal ruler of India, patronized the Paithani saree to the extent that he cut off the hands of the Jamdani weavers so that more people focused on weaving the Paithani saree. The name of the saree comes from the town of Paithan in Aurangabad.
An exhibition being held at Aurangabad, 2006, attended by eminent personalities, featured paithani sarees Image source: wikimedia commons
When the Industrial Revolution set in, the weavers were put out of business. The Peshwas took it upon themselves to carry on the art and settled in a town called Yeola, which is the centre of Paithani sarees today.
The traditional Maharashtrian bride always opts for a Paithani saree because of its richness and beauty. Paithani sarees are the only ones that are exactly identical on both sides. They do not lose their lustre at any time. Even the pallu of the saree is identical on both sides. Traditional sarees are available in basic colours obtained from vegetable dyes. These days, however, with the coming of the power loom, these sarees are not so much a work of art as they used to be. But those who can afford one, still invest in the hand-woven saree which is worn on festive occasions.
Keywords: Sarees, Paithani, Mughal, Weave, Handloom, Maharashtra
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit