A few months ago, a Visvesvaraya Technological University officer approached a private company seeking participation in the campus placements. He was shocked when the company told him they had no vacancies as all the slots had been booked by a training institute.
An investigation by VTU lifted the lid on the job racket. Some colleges and training institutes were colluding and taking bribes from students to make them job offers in private companies, months before the placement season. Their method was simple: A college collaborates with a training institute to coach engineering students on soft and technical skills to enhance their employability quotient. Once this programme is completed, the training institute gets the students to pay up and fix a job with a company. “Some colleges in connivance with training institutes charge around Rs 25,000 to conduct skill development training for two or four weeks,” university officials said.
The university smelt a rat when students began sending anonymous complaints to the authorities about the placement mafia. “We have taken this very seriously. VTU will soon issue a circular to its affiliated colleges not to collaborate for placements or privately offer soft-skills training. We will cancel their affiliation.”
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