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Ameerpet, Hyderabad becoming a hub for fake experience certificate racket

Java, SAP, Dot Net, Mobile Apps, Testing, Networking these may look like disjointed words, but for aspirants who want a share of the lucrative software industry pie, these are but keys to a dream job. And the popularity of these courses can be gauged even during a casual stroll through the narrow by-lanes of Ameerpet.

Aspirants throng the nondescript pathways displaying the pamphlets urging an aspirant to take up various courses for a brighter future. Whatever may be the educational background, if one can splurge enough money on learning proprietary software, institutes in Ameerpet assure that they can land a well paying job in a software company.

There are more than 500 engineering colleges in the State and only a handful of these manage about 100 per cent placements for their students through campus placements, Siddhartha Malempati of Forum for IT Professionals (ForIT) said. And for these students doing a course in proprietary software is the next available alternative, he said.

Many institutions in the city adopt a standard procedure. They charge a candidate anywhere between Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh depending on the course. Then they train the person for about six months and arrange an experience certificate for the candidate to enable him in finding a job.

“Lured by these claims, fresh graduates from the smaller towns are flocking the city to do these courses and spend huge amounts of money and precious time,” Mr. Siddhartha said.

But aspirants land in trouble soon after they finish their courses. “In Andhra Pradesh craze for an IT job has put all other engineering streams into a relative disadvantage. When candidates do not get a job through campus placements they try to enter a company through backdoor and produce a fake experience certificates,” a senior HR manager from an IT company said.

“More than 80 per cent of fake experience certificates come from Andhra Pradesh and the largest concentration of training companies, who provide experience letters for dummy projects done during the training, is around Ameerpet,” he observed.

“To make an experience letter look genuine, candidates are indulging in illegal activities of fabricating fake documents like bank statements and salary slips,” he said.

With a rise in the incidence of fake certificates, the software companies have made the background verification of a candidate a mandatory procedure before hiring him, he said.

“Apart from the background verification, most companies screen out the candidates, who they feel, might be producing a fake certificate in the initial stages itself,” he said.

“As a precaution companies started rejecting a candidate carrying an experience certificate from an Ameerpet based company or institution. The only exceptions being those companies whose names are well known in the industry,” the professional explained.

This article was published in The Hindu on April 03, 2012

Fake software companies cheating job aspirants

This Article was published in The Hindu on March 27, 2012

Lingamurthy, a resident of Srikakulam, came to city with many aspirations. With a fully paid scholarship for the computer science and information technology stream, his career was set for a firm upward trajectory in the software field.

For a person hailing from a family that makes its living by selling breakfast on a pushcart, this indeed was a big break. He was also elated when he got a ‘dream’ job at, Serene Global Services. The software company promised to train him in SAP, an Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software product, within six months and would assign him on related projects later.

He was to get a stipend of Rs.18,000 per month during the training period and a higher salary after that period. But these goodies came with one rider: he has to pay a deposit of Rs. 2 lakh initially.

Despite bleak financial status, Lingamurthy raised a loan by mortgaging his house and paid the deposit. But his dreams came crashing to the ground when the company turned out to be a hoax. Unable to service his loan, Lingamurthy is now forced to take up a job as an ATM guard for a sum of Rs. 6,000 per month.

Lingamurthy is not alone in this plight. About 700 employees of Serene Global Services have similar stories to tell. All of them joined the company as they thought it to be the best avenue to learn SAP for a head start in their career and most raised the deposit money through loans.

“It takes about Rs. 3.36 lakh to do SAP course. Here, we were promised of SAP certification, stipend and an year’s experience. For Rs. two lakh this was the best deal available for us,” Y. Niharika, another cheated employee said. Another factor that helped Serene Global Services in attracting aspirants was that it was well connected with consultancy companies and colleges. It was even listed in the government sponsored Jawahar Knowledge Centers, Malempati Siddhartha, of Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT), said.

The trend of taking a security deposit from a candidate has become a norm in the software companies, in spite of the fact that such practices are illegal, Mr. Siddhartha said. According to labour laws, taking a security deposit or forcing an employee to sign a bond is illegal and those agreements would not stand in a court of law, he explained.

But, lack of a proper mechanism to check these illegal practices, low awareness levels among the candidates and fewer jobs in the market is forcing engineering graduates to accept any conditionalities attached to a job, Mr. Siddhartha said.

The government too seems to have woken up to the problem. Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy informed the Assembly recently that a total of 31 cases were booked against bogus software companies in last three years in the city and it was considering a ‘Core Committee’ to prepare an action plan to control bogus IT companies.