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Friday, June 3, 2011

39 - 1st June 2008 - Another suicide rocks IIT Kanpur - Express India

Kanpur, May 31 The Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IIT-K) was rocked by another suicide — second within a span of one month — on late Friday night when a B Tech final year student was found hanging in her hotel room.
Toya Chatterjee, who had failed in two of her papers in the final semester, was found dead in the girls’ hostel on the eve of the institute’s annual convocation scheduled for Saturday.

Her father, Kunal Chatterjee, unaware of his daughter’s failure had arrived here on Friday to see Toya get the degree at the convocation ceremony. He went to meet Toya in her room around 11 pm and found the door locked from inside. He, along with other girls of the hostel, broke open the door to find her hanging with a rope from the ceiling fan.

A student of Bio Sciences and Bio Engineering, Toya was declared ineligible for getting her degree on Saturday, as she had failed in the final semester. Instead, she was told to apply for the summer course, on passing which she would have been awarded the degree in July this year. She had gone to her parental home in Kolkata for a week but did not inform them about her failure.

IIT-K Director Sanjay Govind Dhande said Toya was suffering from depression and was not physically fit. “On several occasions, her parents had been apprised of the matter by the Dean of Student Affairs and Project Guide,” he said. “She often remained absent from the classes, and was an average student,” he added.

Though the IIT-K authorities referred to Toya as an “average student,” her performance shows otherwise. She had cleared CAT examination and had offers from all the six IIMs in the country.

On April 18, Prashant Kumar Kureel, a first year B Tech student, had also committed suicide.