Second suicide in a month gets IIT Kharagpur worried

By IANS   |   Tuesday, 01 April, 2014
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 The second incident of a student allegedly committing suicide within a month at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, has raised deep concern among the authorities of the oldest IIT in the country.

Fourth year Chemical Engineering student Lokesh Kumar Goyal (22) was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his hostel room late Sunday night.

Confirming the incident, institute's Registrar T.K. Ghosal expressed his dismay over Goyal's death as he was good student and did not seem to suffer from any kind of depression.

"His cumulative grade point average was about eight which is excellent. Moreover, he was jovial and did not seem to suffer from any kind of depression. We are finding it hard to fathom why he chose to end his life," Ghosal told IANS.

The body was handed over to his family after a postmortem was conducted.

Earlier this month 24-year-old S.Boga, a M.Tech student, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, too was found hanging from the ceiling.

"We are extremely concerned with the twin incidents, we have a counseling center where a number of professional and experienced counselors are available whose services can be sought whenever a students feel like.

"But then, there may be other issues in the personal domain which a student may not wish to divulge. In that case we are helpless. We are working to ensure that students seek counseling so that such a unfortunate incident can be prevented," added Ghosal.

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