The Telugu states – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – might be the leading states in producing IITians, but unfortunately, they are also the leading states when it comes to Student suicides. In the last two months alone, more than 50 students have reportedly committed suicide in these two states.
The rising number of suicide has led to protests from activists and student organisations.
Activists blame these suicides on the ‘prison-like regime’ in commercial coaching centers, absence of counselors in colleges, pressure to excel in studies and the ‘trauma of letting their family down’.
Child right activists have called for strict action against junior colleges and coaching centers for failing to keep children safe from mental and physical torture.
“Criminal cases should be booked against these institutes. They have to provide safety and not torture the children mentally or physically. Only if a few institutions are shut down, they will wake up,” NDTV quoted child right activist Achytha Rao as saying.
The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has declared a state-wide bandh of corporate educational institutions in Telangana on Monday to protest against government’s negligence towards the issue.
However, Experts say that commercial coaching centres are only one side of the problem. They say parents are also to be blamed for the spate of suicides.
The Andhra Pradesh government already seems to have acknowledged the size of problem as the chief minister of the state Chandrababu Naidu met managers of junior corporate colleges on Monday.
Naidu, reportedly, warned the managers to strictly follow the rules and prevent any such incidents henceforth. The rules applicable in two states prohibit educational institutes from making students attend more than eight hours of classes and explicitly ban teachers from assaulting students verbally or physically. It also requires them to keep trained counsellors at hand to guide students.
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