SoA students resist police on campus, seek answer from chairman

Bhubaneswar: Students’ unrest took over the Siksha O Anusandhan campus today after the fake offer letter issue came to light yesterday. The irate students who returned from their place of postings owing to the fake offer letter they were carrying, however, resisted a platoon of police deployed on the campus to avoid untoward incidents.

They demanded action from the university authorities, particularly the chairman alleging them of playing with their lives. The students also had a scuffle with the security personnel.

It may be mentioned here that 50 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 has 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 the other hand, the SOA university authorities have admitted the goof up  and expressed concern as their placed graduates have fallen victims of ‘fake imposters’ who had no connection in several companies.

The University has announced to provide a stipend of Rs 20, 000 to students for engaging them as teaching assistant for a period of one year or till they get jobs, whichever is earlier. The entire course fee will be borne by the varsity for those who wish to pursue M.Tech degree in ITER, SOA University.

PK Sahoo, Dean,ITER

ITER Dean PK Sahoo said, ” 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.”

“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 mother of a student. Another parent said, “We don’t trust the promises of the varsity authorities anymore. They are promising Rs 20,000 per month to the students but we want it on legal papers so that we can take action if that turns fake too.”

The Vice Chancellor Amit Bannerjee said not only the students but the University itself is a victim of this conspiracy. “We will ensure that action is taken against the culprits, no matter they are from within the varsity or outside,” he said.