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Monday, April 24, 2017

HRD Ministry to hold high-level probe into IIT-K students' death - DNA India


IIT Kharagpur

Sun, 23 Apr 2017-09:24pm , PTI

"The official assured me that a team headed by a director of the ministry will be appointed to probe the cases of alleged suicides happening in IIT-Kharagpur," he said here.

The HRD Ministry will hold a high- level probe into the recent incidents of death of students in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Congress MP KC Venugopal on Sunday said he has been informed by Additional Secretary R Subramaniam that a team, headed by a senior ministry official, would be appointed to look into the incidents and that the teachers from other IITs would be part of the team. The Lok sabha MP from Alappuzha in Kerala, Venugopal said it was conveyed to him by during his telephonic talks with the officer over the death of a Keralite student in IIT-K.

Nidhin, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student of IIT-K, was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Friday. "The official assured me that a team headed by a director of the ministry will be appointed to probe the cases of alleged suicides happening in IIT-Kharagpur," he said here.

Venugopal said he has written to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, seeking his intervention on the matter.
Venugopal said he was informed that the ministry has received an internal investigation report prepared by the IIT-Kharagpur on Nidhin's death.

The MP said he demanded a high-level probe in view of other such incidents in the IIT. Nidhin was the third student to commit suicide this year.

The IIT campus reported the first suicide on January 16, when Lokesh Meena from Rajasthan jumped on the tracks and was hit by a train at Jakpur station.

The second took place on March 30 when the body of a youth from Andhra Pradesh, Sana Sree Raj, was found on the train tracks, barely 500 metres from the IIT campus.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nature therapy route to check IIT suicides - TNN


Somdatta Basu | TNN | Apr 23, 2017, 06.22 AM IST

KOLKATA: Suicide of Nidhin N, a fourth-year student of department of aerospace engineering of IIT-Kharagpur, at his Nehru Hall B Block ground floor room on Friday is not the only such incident at the institute. It was only in January that a third-year civil engineering student jumped in front of a train at Jakpur station near the campus. 

IIT-Kgp authorities are now initiating a number of measures focusing on nurturing a students' community connected with each other and the environment on the campus. 

To begin with, the semester students are gearing up to take a course on the science of happiness. As part of this course, students have already conducted "out of the box" projects with faculty and staff. 

Japanese program of "shinrin-yoku" or forest bathing (spending time in a forest) has also been adopted with a twist. It has been noticed that nature therapy heals depression. The counselling centre is working on a plan called "Life under the Canopy". Students will have to identify a list of 12 trees on the campus. Then they will have to take a picture with a friend under a tree and submit it. It's also part of the nature therapy. 

To promote happiness, IIT-Kharagpur had hosted Saamdu Chetri, the director of the Gross National Happiness Center of Bhutan, in April. Students, faculty and staff had a chance to listen to him impart some of the philosophy of the Bhutanese people. Happiness, the people in Bhutan feel, comes from spending time with each other and with nature. The country is known for its happiness quotient.

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I am quite sure that Arvind Kejriwal has something to do with the application of this pseudo scientific method to check suicides in this institute of Higher Learning in India. For an institution set up on the Scientific Method, one would think that they would appoint counselors, therapists, and social workers to determine what is causing this spurt of suicides amongst students, and take remedial measures. Alas, instead of doing so, they are embarking on an untested, non-peer reviewed methodology to address this recent malaise that has overtaken their campus. One can only hope that they would not go the additional step and appoint witch doctors, soothsayers, faith healers, palmists and homeopaths, to actually treat those people who need real psychiatric attention! Arvind Kejriwal seems to have made his mark in his old alma mater!
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"One of the important lessons in life to flourish is to be okay about getting help when you need it," said Sangeeta Das Bhattacharya, the professor in charge of the counselling centre. "It's a sign of strength. We are trying to promote help-seeking behavior, connectedness among students," she added. In some cases of extreme depression, parents of the students have been invited to stay on campus till the physicians give a clean chit to the students.




IIT-Kgp has a busy counselling centre and each year they witness about 3000 visits.





"Trees on the gorgeous campus of the institute date back to over a century. People can visit the centre or check the Facebook page for a list of twelve trees on campus," said a senior faculty member of the institute. 

"One of the important lessons in life to flourish is to be okay about getting help when you need it," said Sangeeta Das Bhattacharya, the professor in charge of the counselling centre. "It's a sign of strength. We are trying to promote help-seeking behavior, connectedness among students," she added. In some cases of extreme depression, parents of the students have been invited to stay on campus till the physicians give a clean chit to the students.




IIT-Kgp has a busy counselling centre and each year they witness about 3000 visits.

More News Reports on Nidhin IIT Kgps Students Suicide

The News Minute - ‎55 minutes ago‎
Twenty-two-year-old Nidhin, a student of aerospace engineering at the prestigious IIT- Kharagpur in West Bengal, did not attend his semester examination on Friday. Hours later, when the police broke open the door to his hostel room, Nidhin was seen ...


Indiatimes.com - ‎18 hours ago‎
A fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Friday. Nidhin N. facebook/Nidhin N. "Let me sleep," was all that the suicide note, found in his room, said. While police sent Nidhin N's ...

New Kerala - ‎17 hours ago‎
Kharagpur (West Bengal) , Apr 22 : A fourth-year aerospace engineering student of IIT-Kharagpur, Nidhin, was found hanging from the ceiling of his ground floor room at Nehru Hall B Block on Saturday.

The Hindu - ‎20 hours ago‎
A fourth year student of IIT, Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his room, police said on Saturday. As Nidhin.N, a student of aerospace engineering, did not come out of his room in the morning on Friday, his friends informed the matter to ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎21 hours ago‎
A fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) was found hanging inside his hostel room at the campus on Friday. According to the reports, 22-year-old Nidhin N was from Kerala. He used to set his alarm clock everyday for 2:00 am ...

India.com - ‎20 hours ago‎
The authorities were left shocked after finding Nidhin hanging from the ceiling of his ground floor room at the Nehru Hall. By Surabhi Shaurya | Updated: April 22, 2017 1:45 PM IST Follow Email. 0 Shares. Facebook share; Twitter share; Share on Google+ ...

onmanorama - ‎20 hours ago‎
Kharagpur: A fourth-year student of IIT-Kharagpur, who hailed from Kerala, was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room, the police said on Saturday. Nidhin N, 21, an aerospace engineering student, did not come out of his room on Friday morning.

Kaumudi Online - ‎15 hours ago‎
HARIPPAD: A Final semester Malayali student of West Bengal Kharagpur IIT aerospace engineering was found dead on Saturday. Alappuzha Harippad Chavady native Nithin (22) was found hanging from the fan in the college hostel room. The presumption is ...

Mathrubhumi English - ‎16 hours ago‎
Nitin Haripad: A fourth year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Friday night. 22-year-old Nithin N, a native of Haripad in Alappuzha, is the son of SBI Oachira bank manager Nasar ...

News Nation - ‎19 hours ago‎
Nidhin.N, a student of aerospace engineering, did not come out of his room in the morning Friday and his friends informed the matter to the authorities. By PTI | Updated On : April 22, 2017 01:49 PM. Fourth year student of IIT Kharagpur commits suicide ...

Times of India - ‎Apr 21, 2017‎
KOLKATA: A fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his ground-floor room at Nehru Hall B Block on Friday. "Let me sleep," was all that the suicide note, found in his room, said. While police sent ...

Blive - ‎16 hours ago‎
Haripad: A Malayalee student has been found hanging inside his hostel room at IIT- Kharagpur today. The deceased has been identified as Nithin. N, hailing from Haripad in Alappuzha district. Nithin, 21, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his

indiablooms - ‎21 hours ago‎
Kolkata, Apr 22 (IBNS): A student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur reportedly committed suicide in his hostel room inside the campus area in West Medinipur district of West Bengal on Friday, reports said. According to reports, Nidhin ...

TopYaps - ‎19 hours ago‎
Students and administration at IIT-Kharagpur were in for a shock on Friday after a student was found hanging in his hostel room in the campus. According to reports, Nidhin N, a 22-year-old from Kerala who was in his fourth year of aerospace engineering ...

FactsPress - ‎15 hours ago‎
IIT Kharagpur Student Commits Suicide: A fourth-year engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging in his hostel room late on Friday night, the latest in a string of similar deaths at premier institutes that have been blamed on high stress and ...

ScoopWhoop - ‎19 hours ago‎
A fourth year student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his room at the campus on Friday. 22-year-old Nidhin N was pursuing aerospace engineering at the institute and hailed from Kerala. Fourth year student of Aerospace Engineering ...

Bihar Prabha - ‎21 hours ago‎
Kharagpur (West Bengal), Apr 22 (ANI): A 22-year-old engineering student allegedly committed suicide at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in West Bengal's Kharagpur on Friday night. The deceased, a student of aerospace engineering, was found ...

Times of India - ‎2 hours ago‎
ALAPPUZHA: A fourth-year IIT-Kharagpur student from Haripad near Alappuzha was found hanging in his hostel room on Friday. Recommended By Colombia. An aerospace engineering student, Nidhin N, 22, had skipped his exam on Thursday and left ...

Times of India - ‎3 hours ago‎

Kolkata: Suicide of Nidhin N, a fourth-year student of department of aerospace engineering of IIT-Kharagpur, at his Nehru Hall B Block ground floor room on Friday is not the only such incident at the institute. It was only in January that a third-year ...

What's Wrong With IIT-Kharagpur? Yet Another Student Commits Suicide This Month - India Times


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A fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kharagpur was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Friday.

FACEBOOK/NIDHIN N

"Let me sleep," was all that the suicide note, found in his room, said. While police sent Nidhin N's body for post-mortem, the institute authorities declined to comment.
This is the third IIT-Kharagpur student to end his life on the campus this year, second within a month.
The police said Nidhin (22), who had come from Kerala, would set his alarm clock at 2 am every night to wake up and study. Early on Friday, when the alarm did not stop ringing, the other students in the hostel suspected something was amiss.

FACEBOOK/NIDHIN N

They went up to his room, but the door was shut from inside and Nidhin reportedly did not respond. When he did not appear even on Friday, the hostel authorities were alerted.
Some of the students broke Nidhin's room's window panes to find him hanging from the ceiling. Cops at the nearby Hijli outpost was called; the OC and the additional SP of Kharagpur reached the IIT campus, broke open the door to recover Nidhin's body.

                                             ANI

West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh said a probe was on and that the police were examining the suicide note. The IIT campus saw the first suicide this year on January 16, when Lokesh Meena from Rajasthan jumped on the tracks and was hit by a train at Jakpur station.
The second death took place on March 30, when a youth from Andhra Pradesh, Sana Sree Raj, was found also on the train tracks, barely 500m from the IIT campus. Though the family claimed it was a murder, police called it a suicide.

‘Let me sleep’: Final words of Kerala student at IIT-Kharagpur before he hanged to death - The News Minute

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22-year-old Nidhin was a student of aerospace engineering.

Twenty-two-year-old Nidhin, a student of aerospace engineering at the prestigious IIT- Kharagpur in West Bengal, did not attend his semester examination on Friday. Hours later, when the police broke open the door to his hostel room, Nidhin was seen hanging from the ceiling fan. They found a note that read- "Let me sleep."

Nidhin, a fourth-year student hailing from Haripad in Kerala's Alappuzha district, was found hanging in his hostel room in the Nehru Hall of Residence on Friday evening, reports Aishik Chanda for The New Indian Express

His friends told this newspaper that Nidhin, who was one of the most studious students in the batch, had been depressed over the past few months. After Nidhin failed to attend the exam on Friday, his friends grew suspicious. When they got to his hostel room, the door was found to be locked from the inside and Nidhin did not respond to repeated calls. When the hostel authorities broke the window panes to his room after being informed by the other students, they found Nidhin hanging from the ceiling fan. 

After the police arrived, they entered the room and recovered a one-line suicide note. According to reports, the suicide note did not mention the reason for taking his own life. 

According to media reports, Nidhin is the son of Nazar, a bank manager and Nadiya, an employee at the land acquisition department of the Railways. His sister is a student at ISRO in Thiruvananthapuram. 

Nidhin's suicide is the second such case reported from IIT-Kharagpur in the past 20 days, the TNIE report states. On April 1, a student of electrical engineering from Andhra Pradesh was found dead at a railway track near the campus. 

Earlier in March, a student of IIT-Delhi had jumped off the fourth floor of his hostel room and the police had then said that the student was in depression and unable to bear the pressure.