29 Aug 2023

Rajasthan: Shocked Kota Tries To Find Solution To Rising Suicides By Students

Kota: Two students, preparing for NEET exams in Kota, Rajasthan, ended their lives on Sunday, in a span of four hours. The city is in a state of shock and authorities are trying to find solutions to the situation that is growing grimmer by the day. According to authorities, 23 students have ended their lives so far in 2023 -- the highest for any year. 

Education loans driving students to suicide: Joshi

Rajasthan's Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Mahesh Joshi told reporters in Jaipur that last year, the figure was 15. The pressure of studies is there. Besides, several students have the burden of their parents having borrowed money for their studies. They worry that if they fail, what will happen to their parents.

Joshi said the education loan burden on parents is one of the causes of stress among the aspirants and the Centre must formulate a policy so that parents don't have to borrow money for education. He said the students live away from their homes and parents and this too is an additional burden on them which leads to suicides. 

Strong action demanded against coaching institutes

Another cabinet minister in the state, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, demanded strong action against coaching institutes where students are committing suicides.

Coaching centres told not to conduct routine tests for 2 months

In the wake of rising suicides by a number of aspirants, officials in Kota have asked coaching centres to stop conducting routine tests for students who are in the process of preparing for NEET and other competitive exams for the next two months..

Every year, more than two lakh students move to Kota to prepare for competitive examinations like the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for engineering, and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for securing admissions into medical colleges.

Cousin, sister of student who died of suicide to leave Kota

Meanwhile, a sister and a cousin of a NEET aspirant, one of the two students who died of suicide in Kota on Sunday, have decided to quit their own studies at the coaching hub and return home.

"We played together since childhood, studied it is possible for us to stay here and study after this incident," said the cousin of Adarsh Raj who ended his life on Sunday.

The bodies of two students -- Adarsh Raj and Avishkar Sambhaji Kasle -- have been handed over to their family members, police said on Monday.

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