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Thursday, June 16, 2016

13-member team from MP in Kota to study suicides - TNN

Shoeb Khan | TNN | Jun 15, 2016, 06.35 AM IST

Jaipur: A 13-member parliamentary committee of Madhya Pradesh is on a two-day visit to Kota to study the local (Kota) administration's recent steps to minimize suicides and stress levels among coaching students.

The committee members include MP's education minister Uma Shankar Gupta, acting leader of Opposition Bala Bachchan along with 9 other MLAs representing all regions of MP. The visit by MP's lawmakers came close on the heels of suicides by school and coaching students in cities like Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain. 

The committee members expressed keen interest in implementing the guidelines issued by Kota collector Ravi Kumar Surpur for coaching institutes and hostel owners in March 2016 in toto. Additional district collector Sunita Daga held a meeting with the members earlier in the day. 

She told TOI, "They are here to study Kota model for coaching institutes and hostels. . They will be meeting coaching institute directors, coaching students, mess operators and local transporters to prepare their report."

Here the committee members opined that guidelines of Kota can be replicated not only in MP but across the country. "The compulsory screening test by coaching institutes will allow the students to make decision keeping their aptitude in mind. 

Secondly, counselling of students and parents on careers beyond IITs will certainly encourage students to look for more colleges other than IITs," said a committee member requesting anonymity.