An engineering aspirant allegedly ended his life in Kota due to study pressure, police said on Wednesday, the seventh student to commit suicide this year in the Rajasthan town known as the coaching capital of the country.
Nirmal Yogi, 17, was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room on Tuesday after police broke open the door following an alert from the caretaker.
Yogi, hailing from Sawai Madhopur, was taking coaching for engineering entrance examination at one of the private institutes in Kota.
Police said Nirmal Yogi had enrollled at an institute two months ago and was allegedly upset over his performance in monthly tests.
“We did not find any suicide note on search of his room,” police officer Kaluram Verma said.
It was second student suicide in Kota in May.
A few weeks ago, a 17-year-old girl committed suicide after cracking the IIT-JEE as she allegedly did not want to pursue a career in engineering. She left behind a five-page suicide note blaming her mother for forcing her to study engineering despite her interest in humanities.
Every year, more than 1.5 lakh student from across the country enroll in the 40-odd coaching institutes in Kota to prepare for the highly-competitive entrance examinations for different professional courses.
At least 56 students studying in different institutes in the city have committed suicide in the last five years, most of them attributed to the fear of failure.
Recently, several coaching institutes jointly launched a round-the-clock helpline to offer counselling, track callers suffering from depression and provide assistance.
The district administration also asked all coaching institutes to conduct a screening test for students seeking admission to coaching institutes and to give parents an assessment of their wards’ chances of cracking the entrance exams.