Kota’s Coaching Culture Claims Another Life: 17-Year-Old IIT-JEE Aspirant Dies by Suicide

 Kota, Rajasthan: In a tragic incident, a 17-year-old student named Manish Prajapat, who was preparing for the IIT-JEE in Kota, died by suicide just hours after his father left for home after spending time with him. This is the third case of suicide in the last two weeks by students taking coaching classes in Kota.

 Manish’s father had come to visit him and spent some time with him before leaving for home. When Manish did not pick up the phone, his father asked the hostel owner to check on him. The owner found the boy hanging from a fan using a bedsheet and informed the police.

 The incident has once again raised concerns about the high-pressure environment in Kota, where thousands of students come every year to prepare for competitive exams. The city has seen a spate of student suicides in recent years, with many blaming the intense competition and stress.

 In response to the incident, local authorities have called for better support systems for students and more awareness about mental health issues. Many have also called for changes in the education system to reduce the pressure on students.

 It is important for students to know that help is available if they need it. There are many resources and support systems available to those in need. It’s important to reach out for help if you are struggling.

 It is a heartbreaking situation, and my thoughts are with Manish’s family during this difficult time. I hope that their call for change will be heard and that steps will be taken to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.

 Mental health education is crucial for individuals to understand and manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. It helps develop coping skills, resilience, and emotional intelligence, reduces stigma associated with mental illness, and encourages seeking help. In Kota’s high-pressure environment, mental health education can support students’ well-being and prevent tragedies. Schools and coaching institutes must prioritize mental health education. 

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