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Saturday, June 4, 2011

50 - 24th Feb 2009 - IIT-Kanpur student attempts suicide

24 Feb 2009, 1440 hrs IST, PT

KANPUR: A student of IIT-Kanpur allegedly tried to commit suicide by lying on the railway tracks, official sources said here.

Durgesh Vikram, a student of Ph.D civil engineering, tried to commit suicide on Monday evening, IIT-K registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said. The boy was, however, saved by railway police.

Vikram said he took the drastic step as was ill and tired of his life.

Vikram had done B.Tech from IIT-Roorkee and then enrolled for M.Tech from IIT-K. Now he was pursuing Ph.D from the same institute, Kashalkar said, adding in 2006 Vikram suffered from some mental disease from which he was taking medicines for some time.

In past four years, seven students have committed suicide in IIT-K. Several others also tried to take their life. Even after continued attempts by IIT's authorities to check the increasing suicidal rate among their students, incidents of students taking their life is continuing.