At a time when those who graduated in 2021 (after an entire year of online classes during the pandemic) are anxious about their career prospects, a newspaper advertisement carried by a private bank has alarmed netizens. “2021 passed out candidates are not eligible” read a line in the advertisement, which is inviting graduates (aged below 28) for a walk-in interview in Madurai. It was for a role based out of the districts in South Tamil Nadu. The concerned private bank has also issued a clarification and expressed regret regarding this matter.
This advertisement has gone viral on social media and instant messaging platforms, at a time when there is a flurry of memes about what is referred to as the “Corona batch”, or those who graduated in 2021.