"The department will study the cause of every suicide which will help us in formulating a much needed regulatory policy for coaching institutes in the state. We have asked the local administration of Kota to suggest ways to put an end to this extreme step while talking to all stakeholders," said Saraf over phone. Since May, eight students have committed suicide in Kota as they failed to cope with the pressure of clearing competitive exams like JEE-MainsAdvanced and AIPMT.
Saraf admitted that in the absence of any policy or regu latory body, state has very limited role to play in regulating coaching institutes. To expedite the process of coming up with a regulatory body, the department has sought guidelines for coaching institutes from states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra.
"Once the regulation will come into force, the state will ha ve its say in deciding the coaching hours, fees etc for institutes," said a government source.
Kota has over 1.25 lakh students from outside Kota enrolled in coaching centers for cracking seats in IITs and Medical colleges . The suicides have not new phenomena in Kota with four suicides recorded last year. However, this year eight has already recorded since May has highlighted the dark side of the Kota coaching industry.