'Engineering Sucks': Did Academic Pressure Drive This IIT Guwahati Student To Suicide?

This is the fifth incident of suicide by a student at IIT Guwahati in the past five years.

A first year BTech student from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (Guwahati) committed suicide on Wednesday. The deceased, who hailed from Karnataka was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room.

The student was a mechanical engineering student and had joined the institute in July. It was her roommate who first found her room locked. Security officials were alerted after which the lock was broken and she was found hanging, reports The Times of India.

Police recovered a suicide note from her hostel room. In the note, the student had written, “Engineering sucks.” They say that the student was under academic pressure and was depressed about not being able to fulfill her parents’ expectations, reports The Hindustan Times.

The authorities at IIT-G said that the student had taken part in the mandatory counselling session where they didn’t find anything peculiar about the girl. This is the fifth incident of suicide by a student at IIT Guwahati in the past five years.

Early this month, a 22-year-old IIT Bombay student was found hanging in a hotel room. Depression tablets were found next to his body but the cause of suicide was not confirmed, reports India Today.

In April this year, a 21-year-old Indian Institute of Technology Delhi student was found dead in his hostel room. The cause of his suicide was not ascertained but the M tech student had attempted suicide on a previous occasion as well. In the same month, a Dalit student from IIT Kanpur was found hanging inside his hostel room. In March, a student of IIT-Roorkee committed suicide and it was suspected that he was under depression, reports Financial Express.

In IIT Kharagpur, five cases of suicides were reported in the year 2017.