Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The institute plans to conduct orientation programmes for faculty members, too.
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Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai | Posted: January 26, 2015 4:09 am
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”, and “taming your anger tips”, are some of the posts posted on the Facebook page “I
Care IITB: counselling and mental health”, an initiative by IIT Bombay. It is an attempt by the institute to reach out to its students and address their stress, anger and related issues in a friendly, unconventional and non-intimidating way, via social media. Both students and faculty members can share their views and problems on this page.
According to institute officials, self-help resources on stress, relationships and soft skills are provided via the Facebook platform. Some of the other posts include “music for solace” and “just having a simple ‘to do list’ can keep you on track with all the things that need to be accomplished in a day. Try it your smartphone can make you smart as well” and “feels like Winnie the Pooh day – always put a smile on my face”.
Students can use the Facebook page to get regular tips on managing stress, anger, anxiety, emotional and relationship issues, or even problems faced by students when they shift from a vernacular medium or a rural set-up to a city culture and to an English-medium of instruction. They can also know about any upcoming workshops organised by the counselling care centre such as academic stress management.
The initiative is an extension of the enhanced counselling services at the institute. While IIT Bombay already had a counselling facility at the office of dean of student affairs (DoSA), a new counselling centre has been set up at the institute’s main building. The setting up of the new centre was partly supported by the ‘Legacy project’ of the alumni batch of 1986. At present, the institute has three counsellors.
“With an increase in the number of students over the years, the need was felt to have more counsellors and a more friendly and informal approach. The counsellor now routinely goes to all the hostels and visits students to understand if they need any guidance. It intends to identify students facing problems. This new centre will conduct orientation sessions and workshops for the students,” said Rashmi Uday Kumar, Public Relations Officer, IIT Bombay.
There have been cases of suicide among students across IITs after entering the elite institutes. There has been growing realisation for the need of a more approachable medium, where counselling is more student-friendly.
The institute plans to conduct orientation programmes for faculty members, too, so that they are better equipped to recognise and take care of students who are in need of help.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Monday, January 12, 2015
Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Posted: January 9, 2015 2:30 am
“Mom, Dad, I’m really sorry. You deserved a better son. But please let me go. I’m sorry,” read Sumedh Prasad’s suicide note. He probably didn’t realise just how proud his parents were of him.
A day after his 27-year-old son jumped to his death from the 13th floor of their apartment complex in Gurgaon, Surinder Prasad has only this to say. “He was a brilliant son, and an even better human being.”
Sumedh’s devastated parents are still trying to find an answer as to what triggered the tragic step.
A budding violinist, photographer, blogger and a chess player, Sumedh was gifted, his friends said. “He was an artistic person and that made him extremely sensitive. It is difficult to say what he went through at that time,” Surinder, a retired professor of IIT-Delhi, said. “Maybe, he was going through a low,” he added after a pause.
Sumedh’s emotive side is very evident on his blog. “Life. A simple reality. A complex implementation. An amalgamation of beauty and pain, laughter & tears, wastefulness & creativity…”read Sumedh’s blog, Dripping Vanilla.
“Sumedh was also exceptionally intelligent. But, his inclination towards music was what kept him going,” Siddharth Vaderaa, a composer who joined Sumedh on his musical journey two years ago, said. “He was in a phase of depression,” he added.
An exceptional chess player, Sumedh often thought Delhi was not a conducive place for an artist to grow, his friend said.
Surya Prakash, the guard at Parsavnath Exotica on Golf Course Road in Sector 53, where Sumedh lived, was the first to see his body. “I heard a loud noise. I went out thinking monkeys had come. That’s when I saw the body,” he said.
Sumedh often spoke of after life and was well-versed in the Upanishads, his friend said. The last post on his blog page seemed to echo this. “Sumedh Prasad, will be back shortly,” it read.
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Friday, January 9, 2015
IANS | Gurgaon January 7, 2015 Last Updated at 17:30 IST
A 53-year-old woman and a 27 year-old man, both working as teachers, Wednesday jumped to their deaths from high-rise buildings in this suburban town of the national capital, police said.
Sadhna Sangwan, a teacher at a school in Sector 10 and a resident of Sukriti Apartments in Sector 56, jumped from the seventh floor of the building.
In the second incident, Saurav Prasad, a music teacher, jumped from the 13th floor of the Parwashnath Exotica in Sushant Lok area.
Sadhna Sangwan's husband Balkishan, who is an officer in the Indian Railways in Delhi, told police his wife was undergoing treatment for depression.
Their only son lives in Canada and she was all alone in the house when she took the extreme step. No suicide note was found.
Saurav Prasad's father Surendra Prasad is a retired IIT professor.
Police said Saurav Prasad left a suicide note that said: "Sorry Mom, Dad, I could not fulfill your wishes."
The bodies were handed over to the families after a post-mortem examination.
GURGAON, January 8, 2015
Updated: January 8, 2015 05:35 IST
A young musician son of a retired IIT professor jumped to death from the 13th floor of a residential high-rise in Sector 53 here on Wednesday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sumed Prasad lived with his parents at Parsavnath Exotica on Golf Course Road. His father, Surender Prasad, is a retired IIT-Delhi professor and his elder brother Saurabh works in the United States.
“The deceased left a suicide note apologising for not being a good son. He was a graduate and a musician. He generally practised at home and was undergoing treatment for depression”, said Rajesh Pal, Assistant Commissioner of Police (DLF), Gurgaon.
The incident came to light when Mr. Prasad heard the news that a boy had jumped from the building and was shocked to see the body of his own son.
Rao Jaswant Singh, TNN | Jan 7, 2015, 12.57PM IST
By the time ambulance reached and the doctors examined, he was pronounced dead.
GURGAON: A 27-year-old youth, son of an IIT-Delhi professor, committed suicide by jumping from 13th floor of posh condominium Parsvanath Exotica on DLF Golf course in Gurgaon on Wednesday morning.
Around 7.00am, when Doctor Surendra Prasad woke up, he found his second floor flat's main door locked from outside. When he looked around, he found duplicate key near the door. He then saw his son Sumedh's room locked, when he opened the door he found his son missing.
Prasad found a note from his son which read: "I could not prove to be good son. Let me go". At the same time, he heard a loud thud after which he rushed outside to find his son lying in pool of blood. The condominium security guard informed police.
By the time ambulance reached and the doctors examined, he was pronounced dead.
The victim's mother is also a faculty member in a college in Delhi while his brother is working in US.
According to Sushant Lok police, the victim locked the flat from outside and went to 13th floor and jumped from there. The body has been sent for postmortem and case has been registered in this regard.
The exact cause behind the suicide could not be ascertained. "We have recorded the statements of victim's parents and matter is under investigation," said an official.