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Thursday, August 30, 2012

163 - IIT students require better mentoring for mental stability' - TNN

TNN Apr 9, 2012, 03.29AM IST

CHENNAI: Kuldeep Yadav, a second-year civil engineering student at IIT-M, hanged himself from a ceiling fan in his room. Investigators said a problem in a personal relationship appeared to have prompted the student to end his life. This is the fourth suicide at IIT-M since February 2011.

"He spoke to the friend for around two and a half minutes starting at 8.56am and dialled the same number at 9.27am but the call was not answered," said the investigation officer. "We believe that he hanged himself some time between 9.27am and %9.42 am."

The Kotturpuram police registered a case of suicide and informed Yadav's father, Yasodhar Singh, about the incident. Students and teachers at IIT-M said Yadav was a good student. A faculty member who taught Yadav said he attended classes regularly. "Yadav tended to be silent but always completed work assigned to him on time," he said, expressing shock at the incident.

The faculty member said IIT courses are highly demanding and 85% attendance is necessary to be allowed to take the semester exams. "We need much better mentoring systems to keep a check on the state of mind of students and their mental stability," he said. One of Yadav's friends said he maintained a low profile and used to post Hindi poems on his Facebook page. "He was soft spoken and a brilliant student. It is hard to believe that he is dead," another friend said.