Student suicides on the rise,experts blame it on absence of counselling

Suicidal tendencies among students seem to be on the rise. Local educational institutes have been witnessing a spate of incidents in the recent past.

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: November 24, 2013 1:37:13 am

Suicidal tendencies among students seem to be on the rise. Local educational institutes have been witnessing a spate of incidents in the recent past. Lack of proper psychological counselling mechanism for students in institutions,growing peer pressure among youngsters and “cultural shock” that students from rural and semi-rural areas receive after they land in big cities for pursuing studies are some of the reasons behind young minds taking the extreme step,say experts.

The recent two suicide attempts by students in a fortnight,including the one in which a student died at the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) has shocked the academic circles. Last month,a girl student of Dr D Y Patil College ended her life by jumping from the sixth floor of the college building. A 11-year-old boy had also committed suicide in Pimpri last month,while in May an engineering girl student from JSPM college had ended her life.

Rajendra Zunjarrao,principal of Modern College of Arts,Science and Commerce,said majority of educational institutes fail to give due importance to the counselling needs of students.

“The institutes should take special measures at their level to address counselling needs of students. This can be achieved by appointing faculty members who can keep in touch with students. Teachers should be trained for this. Some students often fail to cope up with unexpected situations arising either in academic career or personal life. With the help of proper counselling,they will be able to handle their own emotions,” he said.

Educationist Dr A L Deshmukh said many students from rural areas or from poor socio-economic background fail to adjust to urban atmosphere in city colleges. “These students tend to develop complexes. They start feeling inferior about their abilities and overall existence. Proper counselling by teachers or relatives can help them sort out their issues,” he said.

Deshmukh blamed the present situation on the absence of bonding between teachers and students. “Most teachers have become narrow-minded when it comes to establishing connect with students. The affection and personal touch that once used to be there is no more in place. The student-teacher relationship has become more like a professional one. The absence of family connectcoupled with such dry relationship with teachers makes student vulnerable,” he said.

CoEP director Anil Sahasrabudhe said curbing the suicidal mindset was collective responsibility of family members,friends,teachers and society. “Becoming part of the rat race for quick success is the reason students often develop such tendencies. Youngsters need to understand that the life is precious. A lot can be achieved in this God-gifted life. If students feel they cannot excel in one particular area,there are number of other alternatives,” he said. He said students should keep themselves motivated,put in hard work and leave the rest to nature or God whatever be the outcome.

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