Saroja Hemchandra Nandyala loved sketching and wanted to make a career in designing. On Tuesday, the 17-year-old informed her father, IIT Professor N Hemchandra, that she was going out to buy sharpeners for her sketching pencils.
A little later, she was found dead on the ground floor of Shivalik building less than 130 metres from her residence. Saroja had jumped from the 14th floor. The incident occurred around 7:30 pm. The girl was rushed to an on-campus hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Professors at IIT, who have also been neighbours of the girl’s family for years, said she might have been under stress after her chemistry exam last month. “Ever since her chemistry exam did not go well, she had been tense about her results. She was so anxious and worried that her parents took her to the counsellor at the campus hospital about a month ago,” said a professor who did not wished to be named.
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Saroja was the only child of the Nandyalas. A student of KV in Powai, she had completed her 12th grade board exams last month.
Mamata Bhattacharya, principal of KV, said, “She was done with school as the current session is over. We are all waiting for results. She was a quiet child and a decent student.”
Friends and neighbours said she was a quiet and well-behaved child. She had complete support from her family to pursue her own choice of career. Saroja had qualified for the interview for admission to the National Institute of Fashion Technology and had been preparing for it.
Another professor said she was never interested in science. She always wanted to pursue fine arts but since KV does not provide an option, she stuck to science. Powai police, probing the matter, have not yet recorded the statement of family members of the deceased.