Kota: IIT aspirant commits suicide after fails to qualify for JEE-Advanced Exam

Zeeshan Shaikh
According to a rough estimate, more than 1.5 lakh students from across India enrol themselves in the 40-odd coaching institutes in the city every year to prepare for different entrance examinations.

Kota, April 29: A 19-year-old IIT aspirant studying in Kota, Rajasthan allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room after he failed to qualify for the JEE (Advanced) exam. The results for JEE Main 2017 was released on Thursday.

The victim identified as Arijeet Pramanick (19), a resident of Nawabganj in West Bengal, was recovered on Friday evening. Some reports suggest that the victim had been preparing for the IIT-JEE (Mains) exam at a premier coaching institute and was a bright student.

The cops who had reached the spot did not found any suicide note from the room his friends in a statement given to police said that he was depressed over failing to qualify for JEE (Advanced), Sub Inspector of Mahaveer Nagar Police Station, in Ramswaroop said.

The body of Arijeet Pramanick has been kept in the mortuary of MBS hospital in Kota and the post-mortem will be conducted today. Arijeet’s family had been informed about the suicide and they are on their way to Kota.

According to a rough estimate, more than 1.5 lakh students from across India enrol themselves in the 40-odd coaching institutes in the city every year to prepare for different entrance examinations.

But in last few years the institutes in Kota had come under the scanner after a series of suicide committed by students, most of them due to study-related stress and burden of family expectations.

In past six years, more than 60 students have committed suicide and the reason behind the drastic step was found as a failure to clear the exams. In 2017, two students took the extreme step, while 17 ended their life in 2016.

As there is a huge pressure on teachers and administration of coaching classes as well and to curb the menace, several coaching institutes last year jointly launched a round-the-clock helpline to offer free counselling. Their job is also to track callers suffering from depression and provide assistance.

The results of the JEE-Main were announced on Thursday and out of 11.8 lakh students who appeared for the examination, around 2.2 lakh have qualified for the second and final round.