Lately, two college students of the Indian Institute of Expertise (IIT) Hyderabad died by suicide. Releasing a press release on the identical, the institute referred to as it an “unlucky incident” and “got here as a shock.” “We’re with the scholars on this scenario. All of us are equally shocked on the current unlucky incidents. IITH has been attempting its greatest to help college students who’re having tutorial difficulties. The school advisors are at all times continuously in contact with the scholars, notably those that should not doing very nicely,” the institute stated in a press release.
Among the many two college students had been Rahul Bingumalla, a MTech pupil. He was allegedly discovered hanging within the hostel room, and Megh Kapoor, a BTech graduate, who allegedly jumped off the terrace of his constructing on Wednesday. He was from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur and had moved into the lodge after passing out of IIT three months in the past. The police are nonetheless investigating the rationale for the alleged suicide of the 2 college students.
Rahul who was an MTech pupil, began a challenge in July 2022, and he had about 10 months to finish the challenge. “There isn’t a want for him to really feel the stress. Fairly quite a lot of college students discover any challenge very tough originally of the challenge however do exceedingly nicely by the top of the challenge interval,” the IIT stated.
“Within the case of Megh, he has accomplished the tenure of BTech (4 years). Through the Covid interval, he was not doing nicely academically. Nonetheless, within the final 1 yr, as soon as the Covid restrictions have been eased out, the division has began serving to him considerably, and the scholar began getting superb SGPA of seven.5 and eight.3, respectively, within the final two years. We had been very completely satisfied that he began enhancing academically, and we had been anticipating that he would full all of the remaining programs very quickly, and this information got here to us like a shock,” the institute stated.
Explaining Megh’s want to remain in a lodge, the institute acknowledged that it has a coverage to permit college students to remain on campus solely throughout their tenure. UG college students who full their 4 years tenure should not given lodging on campus. MTech college students who full two years additionally should not offered lodging on campus.
IIT Hyderabad additional added that it has a Sunshine programme during which volunteers in every department for every batch attempt to determine college students who seem to have difficulties and convey them to the discover of the Counsellors, who then take over to assist the scholars. “We have now 3 everlasting staff as counsellors who keep on campus. Sadly, Within the case of Rahul, he by no means confirmed any indicators of melancholy. He celebrated his birthday 4 days earlier than the incident, and two days earlier than the incident, he celebrated Indian victory over Pakistan within the Cricket match alongside together with his mates. Within the case of Megh, he had some issue in 2019, and our Counsellors had been attending to him, after which he went house after that and returned to campus solely in Jan 2022. After returning, he didn’t contact the counsellors,” the IIT added.
Earlier, a pupil died by suicide at IIT Kanpur. A pupil of mechanical engineering, Prashant Singh, he joined IIT Kanpur in 2019 for his grasp’s diploma earlier than signing up for a PhD programme final yr. The IIT in its assertion has stated that the institute “condoles premature and unlucky demise of PhD pupil”. The institute stated that they’ve “misplaced a gifted pupil and aspiring scientist.”
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