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Firms sell 'readymade projects' to engg students

Saturday, 06 March 2010, 04:38 Hrs
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Firms sell 'readymade projects' to engg students
Bangalore: Engineering students who need to do projects as part of their course, can now buy readymade projects that small sized software firms are selling in 'project shops', reports Shariq Iqbal of Bangalore Mirror.

Last year, Suresh Kumar (name changed), an eighth semester engineering student then, developed a software that could compress large files and store them in your computer. Impressed with his innovation, the varsity evaluators rewarded him with an A+ grade.

However according to Bangalore Mirror, three months before he submitted his project, Suresh was on the streets of Jayanagar and Kengeri searching for a ready-made project from the 'project shops' that have sprung up in these areas.

In fact, a student, on condition of anonymity said, "We resort to buying readymade projects as they are done by seasoned coders and developers. They save us the headache and constant concern of ruining our project; besides, they are more professional."

A walk down the streets of Jayanagar and Kengeri will take you through shady little rooms inviting students for readymade projects created by small-sized software companies who bank on this 'seasonal business.'

An innovative geek told Bangalore Mirror, "Buying a project might be a trend, but I think the evaluators do understand and recognize an original work. For those genuinely interested in developing something on their own, I do not think there is any dearth of recognition and appreciation."

The shopkeepers are ready to give the entire readymade project in a pendrive, as well as teach all the basics involved in the development of the particular project, and also an FAQ bank with answers. Also offered is a list of more than 80-odd projects thare available. "Choose the one you find interesting, collect all the intellectual material, check everything and pay 8,000. The price is negotiable," said a shopkeeper.

According to the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Registrar K V A Balaji who Bangalore Mirror spoke to, such incidents are happening. "It has come to our notice that some students go out and get their projects done. We have also noticed that there are professional agencies which are selling projects. As it is outside our purview, we cannot take action against such companies. Hence, we have issued a circular to all colleges that students have to do projects only in colleges and not go to industries outside."

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