Three teenagers studying at private coaching institutes in Kota, Rajasthan, have committed suicide in two separate incidents, police said Monday, once again drawing the spotlight on the country’s largest coaching center, where students claim to be under enormous pressure to perform well in the medical and technical sector. entrance exams.
Kota Police Inspector Keshar Singh Shekhawat said two of those students, both residents of Bihar, were studying at a leading coaching institute. They were found hanging from a ceiling fan in their paying guest house (PG). The first was 19 years old, while the second was 18 years old.
“The two were Class XI students and had been staying in different rooms of the same PG accommodation for the past six months. We’re trying to find out if they were friends or not. The incidents came to light when the owner of the PG notified the police control room,” Shekhawat said.
According to him, the PG owner became suspicious when one of the boys did not come out of his room in the morning and did not respond to repeated knocks on the door. The owner then broke open the door and found him hanging from the ceiling fan.
In the afternoon the sister of the second boy had come to meet him at the PG. “He stayed in the room next to the first boy. When he did not open the door, it was also broken open and that boy was also found hanging from the ceiling fan,” said the SP.
Police said no suicide notes were found on any of the boys and their mobile phones are being checked to get more information. “The two lived in Kota for the past three years and probably committed suicide last night after dinner. The second boy had even called his sister last night,” said the police.
In another incident, a 17-year-old student, a resident of Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, committed suicide by allegedly consuming a toxic substance. He died during treatment.
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Police said the boy was preparing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), an exam taken by students seeking admission to medical colleges. He stayed in Kota for two years.
“Last night he was found unconscious in the gallery of the PG and was noticed by another student who had come there to fill water. He informed the hostel owner who took the boy to a hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said Ganga Sahay Sharma, Police Head of Kunadi Police Station. No suicide note was found on him, but the police took rat poison from the room.
In the last week of November, a 16-year-old student from Uttarakhand allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan of his PG room at Indra Vihar in Kota. Earlier in July, another NEET aspirant committed suicide; the 16-year-old was a resident of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
As many as 19 students committed suicide in Kota in 2018, seven in 2017 and 17 in 2016, HT has learned
The government of Rajasthan has announced plans to introduce a bill to regulate coaching institutes in the wake of such rising student suicide cases. The bill stipulates that guidance institutions will be obliged to admit students on the basis of an aptitude test, no glorification of well-performing students in entrance examinations for vocational training, and mandatory monitoring of the balance sheets of the institutions.