The Rajasthan government has decided to formulate a set of rules and regulations for coaching institutes in the state, owing to the rising number of suicides by students at these centres, especially in Kota district.
“It was felt there is a need to come up with a set of regulations for the coaching centres,” said Kota district collector Ravikumar Surpur after a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary C S Rajan and where officials from Kota, as well as technical education department and representatives from coaching centres were present. Special emphasis was laid on making the environment at these centres “stress free,” he said.
Kumar said that the discussion included having an ‘easy exit system’ for the students. “In case a student wants to drop out of a course, the centres impose penalties or may not refund the fee. However, the students should be able to drop out anytime they want,” he said. “Moreover, the size of the batches should be realistic, students should have a weekly off system, and that they should also indulge in recreational activities,” he added.
Over the past three years, the suicides in Kota have gone from 13 in 2013 to 11 in 2014 and over 24 so far this year.
The state government will also consider the existing rules and regulations regarding such centres in Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Goa, and incorporate the relevant points in the set of regulations for the state.
“We need to paint a realistic picture among the aspirants, who should know the ‘reality’ before coming over to Kota. Most of the students who qualify for IIT do so through self-study. And when a student qualifies, there are four coaching centres claiming that he was a student with them,” Surpur said.
A decision to launch a helpline for students, where they can also complain against the coaching centres, was taken.