‘Modus Operandi’ Of ‘Placement Scam’: Police Starts Probe

**Bhubaneswar:** Agitating over a fake campus recruitment row, the irate students of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) under Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) University here continued with their stir for the second consecutive day.

Meanwhile, a case has reportedly been registered on Wednesday night with the Khandagiri Police Station here following a complaint filed by the SOA University Registrar against the consultancy firm.

Talking to media, Higher Education Minister Anant Das,”I am yet to study the matter. If required, probe will be initiated and action will be taken accordingly taking into view the future of the students.”

As per latest reports, the varsity authorities on Thursday came up with a deadline asking the agitating students to clarify their stand on the varsity offers by May 31.

Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, social activist Biswajit Mohanty informed, “The ‘campus placement’ is a huge scam. It is not only confined to only SOA University but it is present in other private universities also. They are not exposed as people are hesitant to complain because of various reasons.”

Speaking about the modus operandi, he clarified, “The graduates who have passed out from these private institutions are provided jobs in the campus selection only for a couple of months. After that they are asked to leave. They remain jobless even after four to five years of their passing. But the universities record a 100 percent placement which helps them to fill up their seats in various courses. There is a nexus between the universities and consulting firms. It has become a business for them regardless of the future of the students.”

Meanwhile, the varsity officials have passed the buck to the consulting firms whom they term as ‘fraud’.

“An FIR has been registered as per the complaint by the Registrar of SOA University against the consultants. We have filed the case under 468, 471, 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code and started our investigation. We have requested the institution to provide all the documents available with them and agreement that was in place with the consultants. We will investigate all the aspects regarding the case,” informed Y.B Khurania, Police Commissioner, Twin City.

According to Jyotiranjan Das, Assistant Dean, Student Welfare,SOA University, “Discussions are going on with the students. The students’ representative body has decided to meet the Vice-Chancellor with their agenda.”

When asked about the fraud, he said, “If we knew that it was fake, would we still had gone for it. Police is investigating the matter.”

But social activist Biswajit Mohanty has other views. He said, “It is very hard to believe that the university authorities did not know that the consultant was a fake one. When a consultant approaches such a large university with such big companies, the university is under obligation to verify whether the companies have hired those consultants or not.

Mohanty opines, “The government has to ensure that the institutions should not mislead anyone. It is high time that the government should interfere but I doubt because most of the private universities in Odisha are either backed by political people or bureaucrats, or they have some investments in those institutions. If the government is really serious about the incident, then it should get the complete database of last 5 years from the various private universities , put ads in newspapers, find out whether they are still employed or jobless, and then ask them to file complaints if they were not provided jobs even after promises by the the authorities.”