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Thursday, June 16, 2011

110 - 9th May 2011 - IIT suicide: Kin calls for exam system change - Asian Age

May 09, 2011

Dr. A. Lakshmana Murthy, whose son A. Nitin Kumar Reddy (24), a final year student of M. Tech (mechanical) in IIT Chennai who committed suicide in his hostel room on Wednesday, said such suicides could have been avoided if the process of evaluation of students and announcement of their results be thoroughly reviewed.
 
Dr Murthy is working in the ministry of defence while his wife A. Sailaja is an employee of Andhra government, currently posted in Hyderabad.
 
The grieving father of the IIT student on Sunday also raised several questions pertaining to the evaluation procedure and the role of professors.
 
“The process of evaluation of students and announcement of their results should be thoroughly reviewed and necessary corrective measures should be put in place to prevent further loss of young promising lives. It is also requested to see whether the professors are objective while judging the students or they are selective in their approach. If any professor is found to be not acting objectively, he or she should be punished in accordance with the law,” he said.
 
“What action is contemplated against people or concerned teachers who, in an attempt to save the skin of their colleagues, are denying dignity to Nitin even in death?” Dr Reddy asked.