Expressing concern over rising cases of student suicides in Kota, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday directed officials to form a committee to suggest measures to prevent them.

Gehlot said the committee would comprise all stakeholders including representatives of coaching institutes, parents and doctors and it would submit its report in 15 days.

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.

Speaking at a review meeting on suicide cases among IIT and NEET aspirants at the coaching hub, the Chief Minister highlighted the burden on students studying in classes 9 and 10.

Gehlot said that enrolling class 9 and 10 students in coaching institutes puts an extra burden on them as they have to appear for board exams as well.

You call the students of class 9th and 10th. You are committing a crime in a way. It seems as if IIT is God. As soon as they come in coaching, students are enrolled in fake schools. It is the fault of the parents too,” the chief minister said.

“Students are enrolled in dummy schools and do not attend school. They have a double burden of clearing the board exams and preparing for the entrance exams,” he said.

Gehlot said the students will have to attend six-hour coaching classes, then attend additional classes and give weekly tests. It’s time to reform. We cannot see young students committing suicide, he said.

The chief minister asked why the city had the highest number of suicide cases from the Allen Coaching Institute, when he was told that 14 of the 21 students who died by suicide in Kota this year were from the institute.

The CM was also told that Allen Institute has the largest number of students.

A representative of the institute clarified that coaching institutes do not call class 9 or 10 students but the education system is such that parents want better options for their children.

On this, Gehlot said that he was not targeting any particular institute but wanted to know why maximum number of suicides take place in that institute.

Chief Secretary Usha Sharma and other officers were also present in the meeting.

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