IIT-Kanpur debates study stress
A student of IIT, Kanpur, killed himself in his hostel room on Wednesday. This is the second such incident in the institute in less than six months.india Updated: May 05, 2006 03:00 IST
A student of IIT, Kanpur, killed himself in his hostel room on Wednesday. This is the second such incident in the institute in less than six months.
Shailesh Sharma, a native of Varanasi, was suffering from extreme depression after he scored poor grades in his final semester exams. Shailesh's friends said they found him hanging from the ceiling fan. His body had deep cuts around the wrists.
Students and teachers discussed if the rigours of studies were taking a toll. The students blamed authorities for introducing a tough schedule to ensure high standards.
In October last year, Swapnil Dharasker of Nagpur had jumped to death from the third floor of a building in the campus.
A close friend of Shailesh said he was very friendly and just not someone who would want to give it all up. He was a fourth year student of B Tech and M Tech dual course and was “extremely hardworking”.
He said Shailesh seemed happy with his performance in the exam that got over on May 2. “For two days after he scored an ‘F’ grade, he didn’t talk to anyone. The scores had certainly put his career in jeopardy,” he said.