A third-year BTech student of IIT-Madras died by suicide on Tuesday, police said. The 20-year-old student of the electrical engineering department, a resident of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, was found hanging in his hostel room by his roommates, they added.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the student may have had issues on “focusing on his studies and completing his academic tasks”, a police officer investigating the matter said. Only after completion of the probe and autopsy can further comments be made, he added. This incident comes just a month after a post-graduate student of engineering at IIT Madras also died by suicide on February 14. He too had been found dead in his hostel room.
In a statement, IIT-M said: “It is with deep anguish that IIT Madras conveys the untimely passing away of a third year BTech student of the Electrical Engineering department on March 14, 2023.” The premier institute said the post-Covid environment has been challenging, and that it has strived to improve and sustain the wellbeing of students/scholars, faculty and staff on campus, while constantly evaluating the various support systems in place.
A standing Institute Internal Inquiry Committee, including elected student representatives, which has been recently constituted will look into such incidents.
“The parents of the student have been informed and we request everyone to please respect the privacy of the family at this unfortunate moment,” the statement said, adding: “The Institute expresses its sincere condolences and stands united in grief along with the friends and family of the student.”
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