What really drive IIT students to suicide
Several incidents of suicide by students have come to light in the recent past in many cities, including Chennai, Kota, Mumbai, Pune, Varanasi etc. Social disparities, lack of bonding and exam pressure have been some of the prominent reasons that drove these students to take the extreme step.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 10 per cent of adolescents globally experience a mental disorder. What adds to the concern is that these youngsters usually are without any help or care.
Statistics show that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15 to 19 years old. According to experts, these figures serve as a wake-up call to educational institutions that mental health disorder among students is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
According to Union Minister of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar, six students have committed suicide in higher educational institutions like IITs and NITs so far this year. Last year, 16 students had died by suicide, seven in 2021, five in 2020, 16 in 2019 and 11 in 2018.
In the last five years, a total of 55 students have died by suicide in institutions like IITs, NITs, and IIMs.
Recently, an 18-year-old Dalit student committed suicide in IIT Bombay, by jumping off the seventh floor of his hostel building.
Sarkar said that several steps are being taken by the concerned institutes to reduce academic stress.
He said that all the courses have been introduced in regional languages now to reduce stress among the students.
As a part of this initiative, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has released the complete syllabus of 12 different technical courses in regional languages.
Psychiatrist A.K. Bhamri said: “After the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of students suffering from mental disorders because of various reasons, including exam pressure, academic stress, competition among classmates as well as family pressure. Moreover, as the level of competition for admission in institutions is increasing, the pressure on students is also going up. Also, there needs to be a conducive environment to prioritise wellness.”
Educationist C.S. Kandpal said that the time when a student prepares for any examination is especially important and stressful. The second such situation occurs when the results of these exams are declared, making the students feel anxious.
He said that there is a need to motivate the student during that time.
Kandpal added that sometimes, students’ mental health gets affected by how parents respond to different situations at home, throughout the preparatory cycle.
He said: “There should be regular interaction and dialogue between the students and their parents. Students must be made to understand that exams are not the end of the road.”
According to Hansraj Suman from Delhi University, students studying in higher educational instiutions also take the extreme step because of being lonely and not being able to socialise with their peers.
Suman added that students in IITs and other similar educational institutions come from different parts of the country, and their dialect, lifestyle, economic and education level differ from each other.
He said that familial pressure also leads to a situation where a student somehow believes that he/she is a failure.
He concluded that sometimes not getting the desired course in such higher educational institutions even after due preparation and hard work also leads to cases of suicides among students.
Indian-American Richard Verma confirmed for top US State Dept position
Indian-American Richard Verma has been confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State, Management and Resources by the US Senate by a vote of 67-26.
In his new role, Verma will be responsible for directing, coordinating, and supervising State Department operations such as foreign assistance and civilian response programmes.
Verma previously served as US Ambassador to India (2015-17) during the Obama Administration, becoming the first person of Indian descent to hold that position.
He is presently the Chief Legal Officer and Head of Global Public Policy at Mastercard. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the State Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill.
A US Air Force veteran, Verma served on active duty as a Judge Advocate. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Verma is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and was ranked by India Abroad as one of the 50 most influential Indian Americans.
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In the new policy, the application fee for new/renewal of foreign liquor ‘OFF’ shops has been hiked to Rs 1.2 lakh from Rs 1.1 lakh. Similarly, the annual composite Label registration fee for FL OFF shops, FL ON shops for sale of all brands through the shop has been fixed at Rs 50,000.
Ransom or something else? Mystery shrouds abduction & murder of Jharsuguda businessman’s minor son
While the abduction and subsequent killing of a 15-year-old boy for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh in Odisha’s mineral-rich Jharsuguda district has sent shockwaves across the State, the involvement of the two persons in the crime, who don’t have any criminal antecedents, has deepened the mystery surrounding the case.
Though police have arrested the two accused- Amit Kumar Sharma of Jharsuguda and Dinesh Kumar Agarwal of Brajrajnagar in connection with the case, the motive behind the crime is yet to be established.
Earlier on March 28, police had recovered the body of Samarth Agarwal, son of a businessman of Sarbahal, Bargarh.
Amit along with his aide Dinesh abducted Samarth on March 27 while the latter was on his way for cricket practice on a scooter.
According to sources, the duo first demanded Rs 50 lakh and later Rs 90 lakh from Samarth’s father even after knowing he is not financially strong.
Interestingly, Amit was the neighbour of Samarth at Jharsuguda’s Brundaban colony. Even Amit’s daughter used to tie Rakhi to Samarth and call him brother.
But what led Amit to hatch the kidnapping plot and kill Samarth for the ransom is still a mystery.
“We are investigating from all angles. As per preliminary investigation, the accused have called Samarth’s father on March 27 night and later on March 28 after killing him,” said Smit Parmar, Jharsuguda SP.
On the other hand, the family members of the deceased have demanded stern action against the accused and restoration of law and order in the district.
“The entire family is broken. After Samarth’s death, common people will not feel safe to send their children outside. The government must take necessary steps to restore the law and order situation,” said Gobinda Agarwal, relative of the deceased.
Meanwhile, friends and the coach have mourned Samarth’s death.
“Samarth was well behaved and we were good friends. We used to practice daily and played many matches,” said the friend of the deceased.
“He (Samarth) was very serious about his game and he had already represented Jharsuguda U-16 team. He could have represented the State team soon. The district has lost a very talented player,” said Sumit Singh, coach of Samarth.
(Reported by Debandra Behera, Bhagirathi Sahoo and Sanjay Jena, OTV)
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