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IIT-Kanpur student ?attempts suicide?

A FIRST year student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, had to be hospitalised in a serious condition after he ?attempted suicide? on the campus.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 01:36 IST

A FIRST year student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, had to be hospitalised in a serious condition after he ‘attempted suicide’ on the campus.

Dean of Student Affairs Dr Prawal Sinha confirmed the incident and said the institute may now engage professional counsellors to check the rising trend.

The IIT Kanpur, in fact, is in process of soul searching after two students — Swapnil Dharasker and Shailesh Sharma — ended their lives in less than six months. . The alleged suicide attempt by Raunaq Garg, a first year student of mathematics and statistics, has only aggravated the problems of the IIT mandarins who looked to be on the backfoot.

Raunaq was admitted to the Regency Hospital (registration no 2348) at 12.37 am on May 6 with serious injuries around his wrists and the arm. He was treated at a semi private ward of the hospital by plastic surgeon Dr SK Gulati and consultant psychiatrist Dr Alok Vajpayee.

He was discharged from the hospital on Sunday noon and was taken to Mumbai by his parents.

When contacted both the doctors who treated him declined to comment. But Dr Sinha who was leaving for the US told Hindustan Times the problem of emotional disturbance was in his family and it was just a manifestation.

But sources revealed the boy was emotionally worked up soon after he met someone senior on the campus on Saturday evening.

Fellow students of Hall number II noticed him behaving erratically and instantly informed the members of institute counselling service. When the counselling service team tried to know the reason for his incoherent behaviour, he grew violent, said eyewitnesses.