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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Coaching institution’s print advertisement claims Kota to be the ‘Suicide Capital of India’ - Financial Express

In a bizarre advertisement published at the front page of an English daily, Kota, a hub of coaching centers for the engineering and medical entrance examinations, was described as the 'Suicide Capital of India'.

By: FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2016 12:25 PM

The print ad claimed that unethical institutions, most of which are in Kota, “purchase results, poach brilliant students and their results do not reflect their capabilities.”

In a bizarre advertisement published at the front page of an English daily, Kota, a hub of coaching centers for the engineering and medical entrance examinations, was described as the ‘Suicide Capital of India’. The advertisement of ‘FITZEE Talent Reward Exam’ had further claimed ‘This is Kalyug’ and unethical practices had emerged in every sectors of the country including educational institutions.

The advertisement promoting coaching institution, Forum for Indian Institute of Technology and Joint Entrance Examination (FITZEE), in its ad printed at the front page of Hindustan Times mentioned, “Whole world is passing through unprecedented corruption, exploitation & sleaze. In every activity we find mafia like people & institutions. Education is no exception.”

The print ad also claimed that unethical institutions, most of which are in Kota, “purchase results, poach brilliant students and their results do not reflect their capabilities.”

Blaming institutions Kota for driving students to commit suicide, in its advertisement FITZEE urged parents to not ‘compromise on Value System’.

At least one and a half lakh students of the country, ever year, comes to Kota to take coaching for engineering and medical entrance examinations. Following reports of student suicide in Kota, citing study pressure or depression, recently, several institutions in the coaching hub had launched 24 hours helpline to offer counselling to students and also track callers suffering from depression and provide them with assistance.

In the most recent incident of student suicide in Kota, a body of a 16-year-old was found from the Chambal River on November 24. The student from Muzaffarpur district of Bihar was undertaking coaching, to crack the IIT entrance examination, at Kota.

Depressed over low marks, medical aspirant commits suicide in Kota - Deccan Chronicle

Dec 1, 2016, 3:48 pm IST

17-year-old Mahima Yadav was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her room in the morning around 7.30 AM.

Representational image

Kota: A 17-year-old girl who was taking coaching at an institute in Kota for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to get a medical seat allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her room in RK Puram area today.

The medical aspirant who hailed from Raiwadi area in Haryana was taking coaching at a premier coaching institute in Kota for about an year.

She was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her room in the morning around 7.30 AM, police said, adding she was living with her mother and brother at the rented accommodation.
Her mother had gone out to drop her brother at school at the time of incident, said Sub Inspector Kamal Singh.

The deceased girl identified as Mahima Yadav was a class XI student and was reportedly depressed over low scoring in routine tests in the institute.

"No suicide note was recovered from the room. However, the girl was reportedly depressed over her low score in the routine tests," Singh said.

The body was sent for the postmortem and further investigation into the matter is underway.

Despite constant efforts by district administration and coaching institute managements to check suicide by the students, at least 15 have taken the extreme step since January this year. This incident has taken the toll to 16 so far.

The district administration has also asked the coaching institutes to conduct screening tests for the students seeking admissions in the institutes and to give their parents an assessment of their ward's chances of cracking the entrance exams of prestigious IIT and medical colleges.

Around 1.75 lakh students from across the country arrive at Kota every year for admission in coaching institutes to prepare for entrance exams to these colleges.

Notebandi, bewafa Sonam test even IIT students in exams -

Isha Jain | TNN | Updated: Dec 1, 2016, 06.44 AM IST

A professor of IIT-Guwahati incorporated ‘Sonam Gupta bewafa hai’ meme in a question paper on probability.

LUCKNOW: Demonestisation has now reached the examination halls at Indian Institute of Technology. While at IIT-Delhi, a humanities professor put up a question on the effect of demonetisation on the suicide rate in India, a professor of IIT-Guwahati incorporated 'Sonam Gupta bewafa hai' meme in probability question paper. 

The sociology question paper of IIT-Delhi, TOI has a copy of it, sought answers from students on the effect of demonetised high value currency notes on the suicide rate in India. Would the suicide go up or down due to demonetisation? The compulsory 10-mark question also asked the context in which Durkheim's (French philosopher) suicide theory discussed such events and will the demonetisation be different in rural or urban areas or for different classes.

Prof Ravinder Kaur, head of humanities and social sciences department at IIT-Delhi, said, "In social sciences (and humanities), we often try to illustrate and explicate theoretical concepts and ideas by relating them with contemporary events and happenings. Students engage more with what we are teaching when they realise it has some usefulness for understanding what is happening around them. Also, such questions make students learn how to think logically and creatively and not simply reproduce what has been taught in class or given in a book or a theory."

She added, "I am sure, the same is done in many science and engineering courses—Narmada dam would be a good example for civil engineers, smog for atmospheric sciences students and others."

A student told TOI: "It is fascinating to write on an issue the entire nation—in fact, other countries too—are talking about.

The question could have been simply put up by asking Durkheim's suicide theory but linking it with demonetisation was a creative way to present. The answers will be worth looking at.''

Giving a dash of humour to the end semester, a professor in the department of electronics and electrical engineering at IIT-Guwahati used the 'Sonam Gupta bewafai hai' meme, which took the internet by storm, to ask a question in probablity course. The question asked to determine if a person 'x' is bewafa, what is the probablity that Sonam Gupta is bewafa given a dependence structure between variables where all variables are binary and their high values mean the following: G means gender of 'x' is female (~G means the opposite), S means biological parents of 'x' are strict with her, W means x is wealthy, A means x is attractive, L means x has lots of options, B means x is bewafa, C means at least one other person y claims that the person x is bewafa.

Using further information given on the question paper, students were asked to draw a Bayesian network and convert it into a factor graph. The question which when shared on Facebook by an IIT-Guwahati student received over 150 shares and 600 likes. "The response is overwhelming. We all love the professor for making the question so exciting. It has spread to other IITs widely been commented up on,'' said he, without wanting to be named.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Body Of Missing IIT Aspirant From Bihar Found In Kota River - NDTV

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 24, 2016 03:00 IST

Body of missing IIT aspirant was found from Chambal River. (Representational image)

KOTA:  Body of a 16-year-old student from Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, who was preparing for IIT entrance examination in Kota and has been missing since November 19, was found this morning from Chambal River.

Aashish Satyam, son of Sadu Charan Shaha, had gone missing from his rented accommodation and his body was found floating in the river near Govindham under Jhawaharnagar police station, said OP Sharma, the investigating officer (IO) and SI at Jhawaharnagar police station.

The body was fished out and handed over to family members after post-mortem, he said.

Mr Sharma said Mr Satyam left a suicide note in his room which is addressed to his father.

He has written in the purported suicide note that he was taking the extreme step due to study stress, the IO said. 

Mr Satyam had been taking coaching at an institute in Kota for around one-and-a-half year and was staying at a rented accommodation with one of his friends in Talwandi area of the
city, the SI said.

He said, on November 19, a missing persons report was filed and Satyam's parents were informed.

He said a case under relevant sections has been lodged in this connection, he said.

Around 1.75 lakhs students from across the country come to Kota every year to take coaching for entrance in engineering and medical colleges.

JEE Advanced 2017: How to manage stress while preparing for exams -

The admission tests for these colleges, the JEE Advanced 2017 and JEE Mains 2017, respectively, are now about 4 months away.

By Kristina Das | Published: November 24, 2016 4:16 PM IST

JEE Advanced 2017: How to manage stress while preparing for exams

Engineering has long been the favoured career choice of Indian students. Every year, thousands of students from across the country prep to gain admission into the top engineering colleges of the country – the IITs and the NITs. The admission tests for these colleges, the JEE Advanced 2017 and JEE Mains 2017, respectively, are now about 4 months away. Though many students follow steps to ensure their best preparation, they discount the importance of managing stress. More so, as the news of another IIT JEE aspirant’s suicide in Kota surfaces, the question that many parents and aspirants have in mind is how to handle the stress.

Kota off late has been in news for all the wrong reason. The hub of test preparation for IIT aspirants sees students from all over the country coming in. Off late, there has been a spurt in suicide cases from the city.  Recently, a 16-year-old IIT aspirants from Muzaffarpur in Bihar committed suicide. The boy named Ashish Satyam went missing for three days and then his body was found from Chambal River. He was a Class XII student and before committing suicide he had emailed his suicide note to his friend on November 19 telling they will find his body near the Chambal River. In his suicide note, it was mentioned that he was unable to handle the pressure of studies and he also didn’t score well in the test. He was supposed to appear for the IIT next year.

We lament the loss of young lives and urge students not to succumb to stress. So here in this article there are few ways mentioned to manage your stress:

Study Routine: Plan your study routine, so that you can enough time to do other things. Practise a lot and ask your teacher for a practise test. Try to understand the notes given by your teacher and then try to write it down in your own words. This practise helps a lot in long term. Answer the questions with friends and grade each other’s work.

Relaxation: Get enough sleep because mind stops working after continuous study. And relaxation is important. Popping bubble wrap is another stress reliever you can save for home study. Play with puppies, watch television, and listen to good music. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day.

Staying Healthy: Exercising and eating good food can help you remain healthy, so try to maintain that. Avoid eating junk food; it will actually make you feel better and lighter. Exercising or doing yoga is very important, it will keep your body fit. Meditation is also helpful for avoiding stress; it keeps your mind calm.

Break Free: Yeah, you heard it right! Break free as in you can use mobile apps. Apps like some game apps, facebook, instagram, hike, etc. Chat with people, share your feelings. Even if you are at home try to interact a lot with your parents, siblings, etc. Talking and sharing your feelings with other can help a lot to manage stress. But one thing you should keep in mind that over- doing something is bad. So instead of wasting time on apps, one can use self control website blocker.

Self Motivation: Last but not the least one should always motivate oneself. Just think that you are writing the exam and knowing the answers. And when you motivate yourself and try to imagine success, you are more likely to succeed.

Published Date: November 24, 2016 4:16 PM IST