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IIIT Basar students alarmed over spate of suicides

IIIT Basar students alarmed over spate of suicides
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Students of the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Basar are worried about the series of suicide incidents of their peers. 

Basar: Students of the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Basar are worried about the series of suicide incidents of their peers.

It may be recalled that Anuradha, a final year engineering student, committed suicide by hanging herself in the hostel recently. Earlier, Srija of Siddipet was found dead in the washroom on the campus. As many as seven students had committed suicide since the initiation of the IIIT which is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies.

It is also learnt that another seven students who couldn’t bear the harassments of their faculty members had committed suicide after going to their home town.

The parents of the students are worried about their children’s future. Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, All India Students Federation (AISF) leader Kiran said no action was being taken against the faculty members who were responsible for the tragic incidents. He demanded payment of ex-gratia to the bereaved families.

He said that there were many allegations but they were hushed up until the deaths occurred. No action was being taken in spite of causes mentioned in the suicide notes.

The management has been misleading the public by saying the incidents took place because of the personal reasons of the students. There is negligence in providing medical care. There is lack of proper security too, he added.

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor Satyanarayana admitted that there was no psychologist in the campus to give counselling to the students who were stressed out. He said that arrangements were being made to appoint a psychologist from outside to instil confidence among the students.

It is learnt that the several students were losing self-esteem because of the unfortunate incidents. Such students should be identified and given proper counselling. The parents of the students are appealing to the State government for initiating action against those responsible for the incidents.

They also appealed to the government to take necessary steps to prevent further such incidents.

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