16-year-old from India duped into believing he's to be trained, hired by Google

16-year-old from India duped into believing he's to be trained, hired by Google
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Update (Aug 3): Turns out, this 16-year-old boy in India will not be Google's newest employee after all. Online reports say Harshit Shama may have been duped by a fake 'Google' acceptance letter sent to him via email, which he showed to school authorities.

According to Boom, the principal said she did not suspect that the email could have been fake, as he had sent it to her on WhatsApp.

Another report said his mother subsequently called the school to apologise and said that the boy had "made a mistake".

Times of India reported that a Google spokesperson had said: "Currently, we don't have any information on our records with respect to Harshit Sharma's candidacy." -AsiaOne


One lucky 16-year-old from India will soon be flying to the United States at the summons of Google for a special training programme and a job.

Harshit Sharma, a young student who completed Class 12 of the Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, is scheduled to depart from his hometown of Mathana in Kurukshetra, Haryana this August.

He had been accepted into one of Google's special programs after applying for a job online in May, according to Hindustan Times.

"I kept searching for jobs online," Sharma said in the report. "I applied for this job in May, and was interviewed online. I have been interested in graphic designing for the past 10 years. I was selected on the basis of the posters I designed."

Upon arrival in the US around mid-August, Sharma will be given a year of training, during which he will receive a Rs 4 lakh allowance per month. After completing training, he is set to receive Rs 12 lakh per month.

During time as a student, Sharma had taken up information technology in Class 12. He also shared with The Indian Express that he had made posters for Bollywood and Hollywood stars while in school. Sharma earned around Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 from this side venture.

Sharma came from a family of educators and have often been at the top of his class.

According to Sharma's school principal Indra Beniwal, "Our school got the smart school status in 2016. Harshit helped the teachers in various programs, as he has a knack for technology."

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