With suicides among students in Kota continuing unabated, Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Thursday said that the government should constitute a regulatory body to monitor coaching institutes in the district.
The Governor, who visited Kota on Thursday, said in a statement that the regulatory body should be tasked with defining the admission process of coaching centres as well as issuing directions to the coaching centres to reduce pressure on students. Parents should not force their wishes on children but also consider the children’s interests, Singh added.
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As recently as April 28, 17-year-old Kriti Tripathi had accused her mother of manipulating her to opt for science against her wishes, in a note, before jumping from the fifth floor of a building in the city. At least five students have committed suicide in Kota this year.
Singh also said that all the state universities in Rajasthan should have their own kulgeet (anthems), which should be sung after the national anthem during convocations. Second, all government universities will hoist the national flag and finally, chairs of excellence, named after “Chanakya, Patel, Pratap and Ambedkar” should be established in state universities with an investment of Rs 1 crore each. The three recommendations will be discussed with the Vice Chancellors at a meeting with the Governor on May 21.