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IIT-Guwahati student commits suicide, leaves note saying ‘engineering sucks’

The student, who was in her first semester, was discovered hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room. She allegedly left a brief suicide note.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2018 18:05 IST
Sadiq Naqvi
Sadiq Naqvi
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
IIT Guwahati,Karnataka,Mechanical engineering
The student had joined IIT Guwahati’s mechanical engineering course barely one-and-a-half months ago.(File Photo)

An 18-year-old student of IIT Guwahati allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday as she was unhappy about having to study engineering, police said.

The first-year mechanical engineering student, who belonged to Karnataka, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her hostel room at the IIT campus on the outskirts of Guwahati.

The police said a brief suicide note written in English was found in the room.

“Engineering sucks,” the student wrote in the suicide note, said Sanjib Saikia, Additional Superintendent of Police, Kamrup, adding, “She seemed to be depressed that she had to pursue engineering. She also wrote about how she could not fulfill the expectations of her parents.”

An IIT spokesperson said, “Her roommate had gone to attend classes. When she returned she found the room locked. She made phone calls which went unanswered. She then informed security.”

IIT security officials got in touch with the local police who broke open the door of the room and found the first semester student hanging from the ceiling fan.

“It has been barely one-and-a-half months since she joined the course,” the IIT spokesperson said adding that she had undergone mandatory counselling session for first-year students recently.

“Nothing abnormal was noticed in the interaction,” the spokesperson claimed.

IIT Guwahati has four counsellors for around 6,000 students, according to the spokesperson.

First Published: Sep 12, 2018 18:17 IST