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IIT-K sets up counselling, yoga centres for students

IIT-Kanpur has set up counselling and yoga centres on the campus to help students cope with stress which, at times, leads them to contemplating suicide.



Kanpur: IIT-Kanpur has set up counselling and
yoga centres on the campus to help students cope with stress
which, at times, leads them to contemplating suicide.

"Counselling and yoga centres have been set up on the
premises for the students. Two psychiatrists are also there to
counsel those undergoing stress," IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev
Kashalkar said.

This step has been taken to counter stress level and in
the wake of rising suicidal tendency among them. Seven
students of the institute have committed suicide in last five
years, he said.

The students undergo through stress due to various
reasons like parental and peer pressure, study pressure and
good job prospects.

"Many times, students take admission in IITs to fulfil
their parents` wishes, whereas their interest lies into other
fields like singing, acting or arts. This too become a problem
for them," he said.

A 22-year-old IIT-K student who was undergoing treatment
for mental illness died in a hospital yesterday.

On January 3, 2009, G Suman (24) a students of M.Tech
allegedly committed suicide as the student was denied a campus
placement.

PTI

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