Kanpur. Kuber Kansal, a final year computer science engineering student of IIT Kanpur who rose to fame after bagging a humongous annual package of over Rs. 1.3 crores during campus placements, has now turned into a tourist attraction.
Capitalizing on the development, IIT Kanpur, which still holds the copyright over Kansal for few more months before he graduates, has decided to charge Rs. 5 from people who want to get a glimpse of this legendary student.
While it might appear as cheap commercialization of human resources, IIT administration claimed that they were doing so to raise fund for infrastructure development.
However, sources (batchmates of Kuber, especially those still unplaced) say that the college is collecting money to be paid to Kuber, so that the reported salary of 1.3 crore rupees per annum turns true off paper too.
“The salary quoted includes variable pay and uncertain bonus amounts. This whole ticket plan is to make that 1 crore on paper to 1 crore in reality,” revealed a source.
However college administration rejects such charges as “born out of jealousy”.
“Barely 20 years old and getting over 1 crore rupees per annum. That’s not what you see every day! Don’t you pay to see things that you don’t see every day? Say, you go on a jungle safari to watch lions? This is about celebrating and reviving the animal spirits in the economy!” Manmohan Singh, an assistant professor at IIT Kanpur justified the college decision.
College administration hopes that the tickets will sell like hot cakes among the middle class parents who would love to get a similar child. They also hope that the tickets will sell like 5 Point Someone among the engineering aspirants who are currently busy watching Bigg Boss and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Kuber will be available for public sighting from 5 PM to 9 PM – a period when most engineering students are expected to be awake and in a normal condition. The show starts from Monday. People holding tickets will queue up and everyone will have only 5 seconds to watch him.
IIT Kanpur claims that tickets for the first day are already sold out. Many buyers requested for the facility to touch him and were willing to pay over 500 rupees per ticket, but they were not allowed to do so as any kind of external touch by people of lower IQ could infect Kuber’s crorepati brains.
“Many IIT coaching institutes from Kota, Patna, Kanpur, and Delhi have done bulk booking and are bringing their students on a motivational tour, while some individuals have booked it just to see how a boy earning over a crore rupees looks like,” an IIT Kanpur staff told Faking News.
College security has been beefed up and Kuber has been provided a couple of armed security guards by local police a. “It is Uttar Pradesh and now that he is a crorepati, protection is required to prevent any unwanted situation,” explained Kanpur police chief.
Meanwhile, if sources are to be believed, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is quite impressed with Kuber’s popularity and he may offer him a post in his party with even bigger package.
“He is young, he is a common man, a middle class hero, and above all, people are paying Rs 5 to watch him, just like people paid Rs 5 at Narendra Modi rally,” said a source hinting possible reason behind Mulayam’s offer.