AIIMS suicide: Panel to verify student’s exam results
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday constituted a committee to verify the test results of Anil Kumar Meena, a first-year MBBS student who had allegedly committed suicide due to repeated failures in exams.
The 22-year-old from Rajasthan’s Baran district was found hanging in his hostel room on Sunday.
“The AIIMS director has constituted a group of senior faculty members to verify whether the result of Anil Kumar Meena had been prepared as per the prescribed rules,” an institute statement said. “The group will scrutinise the entire record pertaining to his academic performance and submit its findings to the institute,” it added.
Kumar had failed in the first year and internal examinations. Besides, he had low attendance. He also faced problems in following lectures in English. Students, protesting against Meena’s death, alleged that his exam results were not prepared in accordance with the prescribed norms.
Former UGC chairman Prof Sukhdev Thorat has been roped in to examine the extent to which the institute has implemented the Thorat Committee recommendations. He will identify the gaps and recommend short and long-term measures to be implemented in a time-bound manner. Besides, he will suggest measures for the welfare of undergraduate students, particularly belonging to the SC/ST and OBC categories. Thorat is likely to submit his recommendations within one month to the institute.
Kumar’s suicide is the second death of a student in the institute for the same reason in the past two years.