IIT-K takes steps to counter stress among students
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 19:18
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.


First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 19:18

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