‘Harshit Sharma’ is one name that has been abuzz on social media since the past few days. The boy from Chandigarh was applauded by one and all, after news came out that he had been appointed as a graphic designer by tech giant Google at a whooping salary of Rs 12 lakh per month.
The news was reported by various media outlets and it went viral in no time. But now it seems the news lacks credibility, as Google has denied verifying the appointment of the 16-year-old and they claim to have no information about the hiring.
According to Indian Express, Google spokesperson denied any records of Harshit’s employment and said, “Currently, we don’t have any information on our records with respect to Harshit Sharma’s candidacy”.
Chandigarh Administration which on Tuesday announced the selection of Sharma as a graphic designer with Google said that the boy would be hired initially as a trainee with a stipend of Rs 4 Lakh INR and on completion would start with a salary of Rs 12 lakh per month.
However, merely 2 days later the news came under the scanner of the Chandigarh Administration which has now launched a probe into the matter. UT Director Rubinderjit Brar said that he did have information about the boy’s hiring through the school principal but didn’t see any press release regarding the same. I am enquiring the matter and will be able to comment on it only after confirmation, he added.
According to Harshit’s uncle, the boy has not got any document of appointment yet, but did receive a call from some person claiming to be from Google. Thereafter Harshit told his teachers about his achievement and the news further spread to become the hot topic on social media.
The staggering salary offered to the boy was the centre of the story but now it seems the claims may not be true at all.