Articles by Senjuti Sengupta
Every year, tens of thousands of young people pour into Kota, for its famed institutes preparing students for medical and engineering entrance examinations.
The state government had set up a 15-member committee headed by education secretary Bhawani Singh Detha and came up with the regulations for coaching institutes
The district administration has issued orders to suspend all tests in coaching centers for the next two months due to the surge in suicides.
The 15-member panel was set up by the Rajasthan government on August 17 against the backdrop of mounting outrage over student suicides in Kota.
As an HT analysis of all 23 student suicides in Kota in 2023 showed, more than half involve minors, 12 died by suicide within six months of arriving in town.
An HT analysis of the deaths in 2023 shows that more than half of them were minors. Many were either poor or from economically lower middle-class backgrounds.
An overwhelming majority of students that died by suicide are male, were preparing for medical entrance exam, and were from towns and villages in north India.
Principal secretary (higher and technical education) Bhawani Singh Detha, who has been named as head of the panel, chaired a meeting virtually on Monday to discuss ways to check suicides
According to police records, 21 cases of suicides have been reported among students preparing for competitive exams in Kota district.
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