Anita (name changed), a BTech final year student of IT discipline, was on cloud nine when she got placed with a Vadodara-based ‘Spectrum Planning Services Pvt Ltd’ on December 26, 2013, but her joy was short-lived.
Not only Anita, but as many as 35 budding engineers of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology (DAVIET) were cheated by a placement company that doesn’t exist.
“I got an email from the company, asking me to deposit Rs. 7,500 as a refundable amount for further processing. We asked our placement officer whether or not to send the draft and he said yes. But after few months, phones of the company officials responded switched off, the website of the company also disappeared,” said Anita, adding they have asked the college authorities and placement officer Sushil Parasher to check, but to no avail.
Despite the fact, only few victims are ready to act as whistleblowers for the fear of reprisal, while a few have shot off letters to the institute principal and vice-chancellor to pay back their money taken as security and punish the frauds.
One of the parents said, “We want our money back. The company had asked my child to join after six months the completion of the course. We had sent a draft of Rs. 7,500 which was demanded to secure your seat. The website now doesn’t exist. We have approached the principal and the placement officer, but if they failed to take action we will also complaint against them to the higher authorities, including vice-chancellor.”
Anita said, “Besides me, 34 more students were placed with the company, but nobody is coming forward, as they have to take admission in post-graduation in the same college. They are left with no other option.”
Some students have also mailed a complaint against the company and principal to Punjab governor Shivraj Patil and also threaten to move high court.
According to sources, the students have sent an email to the PTU vice-chancellor and chancellor against the placement officer of the institute.
“When the students reported the matter to us, we wrote a letter to the company officials in June, but there was no reply. Since the date of joining for the students was July 14, we sent a reminder again in July,” said Sangal.
Headded, “We will lodge a complaint with the Vadodara police tomorrow (Thursday). We have already mailed the entire episode to the Vadodra police and have asked them to lodge a complaint against the frauds.”
Sangal said, “The company had demanded original Class 10 certificates or a refundable security from the students. Since the students could not afford to give them the original marksheets, nearly 13 students sent Rs. 7,500 drafts to the company.”
When asked if they had verified the credentials of the company, he said he had checked their website and business cards and identity cards and had found the company authentic.