IIT-K takes steps to counter stress among students

A day after an IITian here landed himself in a hospital in a bizarre act, the institute today said performance pressure, at times, leads students to mental illness and depression resulting in such unnatural steps.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

Kanpur: A day after an IITian here landed
himself in a hospital in a bizarre act, the institute today
said performance pressure, at times, leads students to mental
illness and depression resulting in such unnatural steps.

Many students here face stress due to high academic
pressure, besides parental and peer pressure. Some are worried
over job prospects in current scenario. This builds up so much
pressure among them that sometimes they take drastic steps
like suicides, IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said.

To counter this, counselling and yoga centres have been
set up on the campus with an aim to reducing stress level
among students.

A separate centre with a woman counsellor is there for
girl students. Various sports activities are also organised
round the year to give them a break from the hectic routine,
he said.

However, an IIT student, suspected to be under
depression, had yesterday inserted a pencil in his penis
following which he was taken to a hospital in a critical
condition.

According to S C Tewari, professor psychiatry department
of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow,
the disease is called "sexual perversion" in medical
terminology.

"Students in institutes like IIT are constantly under the
burden of studies or job prospects. To fulfil their sexual
desires they, at times, indulge in such unnatural activities,"
Tewari said.

Senior psychiatrist Manish Nigam here described sexual
perversion as a mental illness.

Seven students of the institute had committed suicide
in last five years, Kashalkar said, adding that mental stress
was a major reason behind the suicides.

PTI