An engineering student in Kota committed suicide late Tuesday night, by jumping from his hostel building, reported News18. The student, identified only as Nikhil, hailed from Bhagalpur in Bihar. He was a student at Allen institute.
This is not the first time a student has committed suicide in Kota, the hub of coaching institutes who train youngsters for IIT and medical examinations.
According to NDTV, in May, 17-year-old Keshav Meena, hanged himself after studying for three years and appearing for his medical entrance exam. In the same month, a BTech final year student committed suicide by ingesting poison.
Nirmal Yogi, a 17-year-old IIT aspirant, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan using a towel in his rented room in Mahaveer Nagar area.
On 28 April, Kirti, a 17-year-old student who had been studying for the IIT-JEE exams for the past two years in Kota, jumped to her death from the fifth floor of her residence. She wrote in her four-page long suicide note that coaching institutes should be shut down by the government, adding that she wanted to join NASA as a scientist and was not interested in engineering, despite scoring 144 in IIT-JEE mains.
The rising number of suicides has drawn the attention of Rajasthan officials. NDTV reported that Collector Ravi Kumar Surpur wrote a letter addressed to the parents of all students enrolled in coaching classes in Kota to "not to force their expectations and dreams on their children".
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh had recently said a body should be formed to regulate coaching institutes. "The body should also decide the admission procedure to these institutes and direct them to reduce the pressure on students," he had said.
With inputs from PTI