Concerned over the rising incidents of suicide by hanging, the authorities of this coaching hub have ordered hostels to install a spring device on the ceiling fans to prevent students from taking their own lives.

Officials say that so far this year, twenty students preparing for competitive exams in Kota have died by suicide. Last year this figure was 15.

Anti-suicide measures were discussed in a meeting between Kota officials and other stakeholders on 12 August. On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner OP Bunkar has issued instructions and demanded strict compliance.

The administration said that action will be taken against the hostel owners and their management if the instructions regarding fans are not followed.

This is how the device works: If an object weighing more than 20 kg is suspended from the fan, the spring in it expands, making it impossible for anyone to commit suicide by this method. With this the siren rings.

In 2017, the Kota Hostel Association discussed this measure.

But it has not gained popularity due to the estimated 25,000 paying guest facilities in the city, where thousands of students from across the country enroll in coaching centers every year to prepare for competitive exams.

Experts are unsure how much an anti-suicide ceiling fan will help stressed students.

This month, the district administration decided that periodic psychological tests would be conducted on students to determine whether they were at risk.

According to the police, this month alone four students from Kota have committed suicide. On Tuesday, an 18-year-old IIT-JEE aspirant from Bihar’s Gaya allegedly hanged himself to death with an iron angle in his PG room.

Last year, after a rise in suicides, experts contacted by PTI said parents should assess their children’s aptitude through professional help before deciding to send them to Kota to prepare for the highly competitive JEE and NEET exams. should do.

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sushil, head of the department of psychiatry at Kota’s New Medical College Hospital, had said that instead of motivating children to become doctors and engineers, parents should give them an aptitude test and then decide whether they want to become doctors or engineers. What is best for

Experts said that most of the parents send their children for coaching in Kota without any preparation and their focus is only on arranging finance and logistics.

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