Like all the fingers in hands are not of the same size, in the same manner all students are not of equal talent and merit. But there are few parents who still are not able to understand this and keeps on putting the burden of their dreams and aspirations on the kids. When these students feel that they are not able to fulfill the dreams of their parents, they end their life by committing suicide. Very fine example can be taken from 2009 Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’ in which son of a college director, Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe (character played by Boman Irani) committed suicide under strict pressure.
In last few months, coaching institutes in Kota has witnessed rising number of suicides among students. In lieu of the same, Rajasthan government is deeply concerned and is thinking of ways to check such deaths including regularization of such centres. Recently, Maharashtra government has also taken steps towards regularization of coaching institutes. Now, the state government has asked these coaching institutes to add entertaining activities in their prospectus and provide psychological therapy. Somewhere around 1.50 lakh students are taking coaching in various coaching institutes in Kota that has made the city as coaching hub of the country. As per the reports, it is expected that the coaching industry in Kota will witness 20 percent growth this year.
As per the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently, Kota has registered 100 suicide cases in 2014 and 45 of them were coaching students. As per the reports the key causes of suicide among coaching students in Kota is the stress of studies and failure in examination.
The coaching institutes in Kota have been asked by district collector of Kota as per the orders of Rajasthan Technical and Higher Education Minister Kali Charan Saraf to formulate guidelines so as to keep a check on the same. The guidelines will be formulated in consultation with directors of coaching institutes. The institutes have been asked to add recreational activities in their curriculum and provide psychological counselling to its students to help them deal stress better.
Minister Kali Charan Saraf said, “Proposals have been sought from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh governments to formulate a policy on coaching institutes in the state.” Further the minister continued that he was unaware about the recent NCRB report which claimed that 45 suicides by coaching institute students were reported from Kota in 2014. He said, “Around 10-11 suicides by the students in Kota are in my knowledge.”