According to a recent data released, a drop of 70 per cent has been recorded in student suicide cases in Kota, Rajasthan, in the first 10 months of this year. Kota additional district magistrate Sunita Daga credited awareness among parents, students and all stakeholders for reducing suicides.
As per HT report, the fall attributed to a raft of measures announced last year following a string of deaths and reports of mounting stress in India’s coaching hub.
Four students died between January and October 2017, compared to 14 in the same period last year, police data showed. No student died between July and October 2017, the last suicide reported in June of a 17-year-old NEET aspirant from Bihar. In 2015, 12 students had died in the first 10 months of the year.
Guidelines issued for curbing stress level
Kota sees around 150,000 students enrolling every year in any of the 40-odd institutes to train for professional engineering and medical entrance examinations. But a spate of suicides, about 60 in the past five years, rocked the city and forced the administration to issue new guidelines aimed at curbing stress levels among teenage aspirants.
“Certainly, the interventions taken by the Kota administration in 2016 proved to be a milestone in the efforts to curb student suicides in Kota,” said Sujata Sriram, professor, School of Human Ecology, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that was hired by the state government to study the reasons for stress levels in Kota.
“We have reduced batch reshuffling that used to create pressure as it linked batches to performance in tests”, said Naveen Maheshwari, director of Allen Coaching Insitute.
Manoj Kumar Sharma, executive director of Resonance Eduventures Private Limited said changes in the examination pattern had helped. “Now we give a day break before the major test to provide students enough time to prepare for tests.”