Unable to find a job,IIT-K student hangs self

Unable to find a job due to the ongoing economic meltdown,an MTech final-year student of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K),Gangapatnam Suman,hanged himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room on Saturday morning.

Written by Kautilya Singh | Kanpur | Published: January 4, 2009 2:58 am

Unable to find a job due to the ongoing economic meltdown,an MTech final-year student of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K),Gangapatnam Suman,hanged himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room on Saturday morning.

According to close friends of Suman,he had been feeling low for the past few weeks since he had not received any call letter after being interviewed by several companies.

On Saturday morning,Suman’s friends and hostel mates left for their classes,but he opted to stay back in his room,no. A-117 of Hall VIII. The students returned to the hostel around 11 am and found the door of Suman’s room locked from inside.

IIT-K registrar Sanjeev S Kashalkar said,“From the window of the room,the students saw Suman’s body suspended from the ceiling fan. He had used a bedsheet to hang himself. The students then broke into the room and rushed Suman to the health centre on the campus,but the doctors declared him dead on arrival.”

Born on June 14,1985,Suman hails from Kovidala Palem village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He had passed his B.Tech exams in first class (Electronics and Communication Engineering) from Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University,Hyderabad in 2007.

According to the IIT-K staffers,Suman was a good student and had never required any counselling during his stay at the institute. As per Cumulative Performance Index (CPI),the internal grading system of IIT-K,Suman had secured 6.75 out of 10.

Deputy Director IIT-K,R K Thareja said,“Campus placements are still on and Suman had a few more months to find a job.” He did not fail to mention that IIT-K students have got a positive response from companies that have come for campus placement. “Though,at present,we do not have the names of the companies,which have interviewed him since December 1,2008,he had around five more months to look for job,” added Thareja.

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