Leap in student suicides

November 4, 2011 by  
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StudentIndia, November 2, 2011: Student suicides have increased by 26 per cent in a span of just four years, according to official data.

While 5,857 student suicides were reported in 2006, the figure jumped to 7,379 in 2010, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

Most of the victims were from metros Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, in that order.

Maharashtra recorded the largest number of students killing themselves, followed by West Bengal. Delhi accounted for 166 deaths.

Academicians and mental health professionals blame the deaths to a flawed education system where performance pressure ranks above all else.

“The examination system and the selection process for institutions of higher education weigh heavily on young people,” says Shyam Menon, vice chancellor of Ambedkar University in Delhi.

Menon believes changes in the education system over the years reflect the changes in the Indian middle class and their high aspirations, which push young people to perform or perish.

Psychiatrist Sanjay Chugh blames a myopic education system for forcing students to learn what they may never need in life.

An inadequate system, coupled with lack of proper social support, pushes students over the brink, says Chugh.

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