Study pressure is claiming lives in Kota

Study pressure claimed lives of two more students in Kota. “Anjali Anand, 18, spoke to her mother at 1.15am on Saturday from her hostel Sakshi in Rajeev Gandhi Nagar,” said Arvind Megh, sub-inspector of Jawahar Nagar. “She had come to Kota after completing Class XII in 2014 and dropped one year with the intent of clearing ACPMT.

Increasing incidents of student suicides point to an alarming trend in Kota city. To chalk out an action plan to sensitize people from all walks of life, a workshop “Samyama” was organised by the administration here at UIT Auditorium, Shrinathpuram, on Sunday.

“Suicides are our responsibility which has been highlighted by both print and electronic media lately. During the last three years in Kota city, a total of 31 cases of student suicide have occurred. The break-up is 13 in 2013, 8 in 2014 and 10 uptil now in 2015. I feel that this is an alarming trend which is an issue of worry, “said Sawai Singh Godara, SP, Kota city.

“This year till date, 80 suicides among a 12 lakh population took place in Kota, which translates to 1 suicide case per 1.5 lakh. But in case of students there is no pressure of family or any stress. As far as coaching centres are concerned, I am not aware of the number of students in each coaching institute but Allen Coaching Institute has had the maximum number of suicides. Out of 31 suicides, 24 suicides have occurred in Allen coaching centre, 10 out of 13 in 2013 among, 7 out of 8 in 2014 and 7 out 10 uptil now in 2015. On the basis of sex; 9 male, 4 female (13) in 2013, 5 female, 3 male (8) in 2014 and 7 male and 3 female (10) uptil now in 2015. And if we see the model, maximum cases are of hanging 26, 3 of poisoning and the rest by other means. Of these, only 5 students belonged to Rajasthan and the rest were from other states. There is not even a single case of Kota Nagar. In 2013, there were 3 cases from Karoli, Baran and Ajmer, 1 from Barmer in 2014 and 1 from Pali in 2015. If the seasonal distribution is studied, half of the suicides have occurred in May and June. This implies that suicides occur when new admissions are done and the students can’t adjust to a new atmosphere or during results when the students do not fare according to their parents’ expectations,” Sawai Singh Godara. Suicides happen during a very short time when the child loses his mental balance and this can be averted by giving of timely help during this time, he added.

“Action plan drafted by just the district collector or SP would have been limited in perspective,” said Ravi Kumar Surpur. DM. Kota city. “Here we are not trying to make suicides synonymous with coaching institutes but to understand their nature and create a proactive plan. I called the workshop Sanyam – which constitutes balance between the three (Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi). Samyama means perfect control of the mind.”

“There are triggers which are antennae which the students teachers and parents must be alert for and identify, a certain do and don’t list must be prepared so that pressure is not build for the student,” said Amandeep Singh Kapoor, SP, ACB.

“Adolescence is a phase of transition from childhood to adulthood (10 to 19 years), 29 % of population is adolescent,” said Vijay Sardana, dept of nerology, Medical superintendent of MBS Hopsital. Today, there is weakening of kinship, nuclear family, higher standard of achievements, exposure to media, increasing competitive demand from the market, women empowerment. Education is seen necessary for building a character, financial and social status. IITians and doctors are sought after. Adolescent are under stress to achieve. Conflict in their mind about the expectation from them. As it is they are undergoing physiological and mental changes. Extend their relations beyond their near families. Adjust and identify to a new self, personal sense of identity, adult perspective, peer relationship, attraction to the other sex, behaviour maturity and attitude which puts them under stress,” he said.

Parent are still their anchor, develop self-esteem, positive values and social capabilities, positive attitude towards learning, mastery goal, rather than being forced by peers or parents to excel, he added.

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Notable Suggestions

Put up suggestion boxes in coaching institutes

Inform students about helplines like 1098 and NGOs as no awareness

Inform students about alternate career options as only 10% students clear IIT-JEE and ACPMT exams

Bridge course \ foundation course for students to put them at par with the rest

Stress busters involving both indoor recreational activities and outdoor sports. Developing open ground for physical activities like cricket, football

Formulating regulations on food quality in hostels and tiffin centres

Stress-free Sundays

Test ranks, batch shifting not to be openly announced.

Teachers should not say openly in problem solving session, ‘Itna bhi agar nahi jante toh kya qualify karo ge.”

Check availability of suicidal products nearby – kerosene, sleeping pills.

Stop wi-fi towers as students downloading porn or non-educational material.

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