Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday ordered officials to form a committee to suggest measures to prevent suicide cases among students and asked them to submit the report within 15 days.

The Chief Minister directed the officials that all stakeholders including representatives of coaching institutes, parents and doctors should be included in the committee. The report is expected to be submitted within the prescribed 15-day deadline.

Speaking at a review meeting on suicide cases among IIT and NEET aspirants in coaching hub Kota, the chief minister expressed concern over the rising incidents of suicide among students in the city.

So far this year, about twenty students preparing for competitive exams have died by suicide in Kota.

The CM also highlighted the burden on students studying in classes 9 and 10.

“Admitting class 9 and 10 students to coaching institutes puts an extra burden on them as they have to appear for board exams as well. You call class 9 and 10 students. You are committing a crime in a way. Such It seems like IIT is god, the Chief Minister said, “As soon as students come to coaching, they are enrolled in fake schools. It is also the fault of the parents.”

Also, it is a matter of grave concern that 18-19 students of Kota have committed suicide, Gehlot said earlier in the day, “I want to know what their problems are. Management of various coaching centers have been called. we will do.” Talk to them and take their feedback on what the government can do.”

He further said that students are enrolled in dummy schools and do not attend school and they have a double burden of clearing the board exams and preparing for the entrance exams.

“It is time for reform. We cannot see young students committing suicide,” he said.

Further, referring to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on student suicides, Gehlot said, “According to the NCRB, around 13,000 students died by suicide in 2021. Maharashtra has the highest number of suicides with 1,834 deaths.” followed by Madhya Pradesh (1,308), Tamil Nadu (1,246), Karnataka (855) and Odisha (834). The problem can be solved with a collective effort.”

An official statement said the number of such suicides in Rajasthan was 633, which is low compared to other states, but the state government is “serious and sensitive” to the issue.

Education Minister BD Kalla, Chief Secretary Usha Sharma, DGP Umesh Mishra and other officers were also present in the meeting.

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