The students of ITER under Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) University today locked the main gate of the versity, continuing their agitation against alleged fake recruitment that left nearly fifty students in lurch.
As per reports, the students, who were selected by Gurgaon-based Huawei during a recruitment drive in the university, found their offer letters fake and returned without getting jobs. The company officials told them that it had not conducted any recruitment drive in the university. Not only Huawei, as many as 400 students were also given offer letters from companies like Mitsubishi, Intel and Honeywell that are allegedly fake. Meanwhile, the placement officer of the varsity has resigned on moral ground.
The universality officials admitted the goof-up saying they also fell victim of the fake placement agency. The university had persuaded two firms from Delhi and Bengaluru for the campus placement drive and complaint has been filed against them.
To compensate the students, the versity authorities promised the agitating students a stipend of Rs. 20,000 and engage them as teaching assistant for a period of one year or until they find jobs, whichever is earlier. Offer a second option, the authorities said the versity will bear the entire cost of those opting to pursue M. Tech and first year academic expenses for those want to take up MBA at ITER, SOA University.
“We had a meeting with the VC in presence of all HoDs. We have assured all students that we would give a stipend of Rs 20, 000 to students to be engaged as teaching assistants. We would also bear TA/DA of the students, who had gone to join the companies. We will always be in touch with the students,” said PK Sahoo, Dean, ITER.
“The students have been assured of three things, including Rs 20,000 stipend, free MTech course and one year free MBA. Instead of all this, we just want placement for our children,” said parent of a student.
The Vice Chancellor Amit Bannerjee said not only the students but the University itself is a victim of this fraudulent placement agency. “We will ensure that action is taken against the culprits, no matter they are from within the varsity or outside,” he said.
The university authorities today set a deadline asking the students to clarify their stand on the offers by May 31.
Courtesy: Odisha TV