Haryana teen fakes Google job, gets laurels from school before truth gets out

Harshit Sharma’s claims to have landed a job as a graphic designer with Google has turned out to be a prank.

Published: 02nd August 2017 09:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2017 10:24 PM   |  A+A-

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CHANDIGARH: Haryana teen Harshit Sharma’s claims to have landed a job as a graphic designer with Google has turned out to be a prank. Sharma allegedly prepared a fake appointment certificate and showed it to his teachers who believed him as he took both the school and Chandigarh Administration for a ride.

Teachers believed him because during demonetisation he had helped everyone in the school to understand all mobile applications, how to go cashless by using their debit and credit cards, online payments etc.

Sharma was a student of Class XII (IT stream) of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 33 of Chandigarh. Talking with the New Indian Express, Deep Kiran, a teacher said, “He came to school fifteen days ago with a box of sweets and told me that he had got selected in Google and will be leaving for the US in a few days. I asked him how he got the job and he told that he had applied online.’’

Kiran said he used to make good posters and was good with computers. “ We believed him as after demonetisation he taught us who to use mobile applications and go cashless and also gave us tips for using our debit and credit cards, online payments and other methods of payments,’’ she said.

Principal Indra Beniwal says, “ I have submitted my report to the DPI (schools) and he has marked an injury into the matter. When the teachers brought the matter to my notice I told them to bring the facts on record and one of our teachers prepared a detailed note which was submitted to me which I sent to the public relations officer and then the public relations department issued a press note.’’

When we came to know yesterday that it (appointment letter) was fake, I called him and his mobile was switched off, said Indra Beniwal adding that his parents, a teacher and principal, also refused to respond despite being contacted.

Sharma had claimed that he will be paid a stipend of Rs 4 lakh per month during training and will get a remuneration of Rs 12 lakh per month.

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