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IIT-Kanpur returns to normal

AFTER 60-HOUR of emotional unrest at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) following suicide by a fourth-year student Shailesh sharma, life in the campus is limping back to normalcy. The students, who had postponed their journey to home during the summer holidays, have now started proceeding to their homes. Meanwhile, the faculty and IIT authorities had several meeting with students to pacify them and also to find out the way to contain such incidents.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 00:03 IST
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AFTER 60-HOUR of emotional unrest at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) following suicide by a fourth-year student Shailesh sharma, life in the campus is limping back to normalcy. The students, who had postponed their journey to home during the summer holidays, have now started proceeding to their homes.
Meanwhile, the faculty and IIT authorities had several meeting with students to pacify them and also to find out the way to contain such incidents.

Finally, they resolved to introduce certain necessary reforms in the educational system with the consent of the Board of Governors.

Students, who were highly agitated over the suicide incident, had all praises for the authorities and faculty.

They said both the authorities and teachers had realised their genuine problems and also assured them to take positive initiatives on personal, academic and psychological levels to curb suicidal tendencies among students.

For the first time, the HoD of Chemical engineering convened a joint-meeting of the students and professors on Friday evening to discuss if the chemical engineering course had become tougher or the interaction between students and faculty members needed to be strengthened.

During the meeting, students freely expressed their views and said there was a general feeling among students that the course of chemical engineering was tough.

Many of them complained they could not ask the teachers to repeat the lecture due to awe and scarcity of time.

Students even quoted certain incidents, which developed bitter relations with their teachers, who removed misconceptions of students about several matters relating to them.  Members of the Institute’s Academic Senate (IAS) stressed upon improving the student and teacher interaction and better counseling services in addition to the reforms in the educational system.