Prevent student suicides :
A set of 12 measures have been suggested for implementation in the educational institutions that include setting up a counseling centre and establishing a local guardian system to help students in distress.
Concerned over student suicides happening in the country, the HRD ministry has written to the states asking them to control private coaching institutions. According to officials, the difficulty of control these institutes was raised within the Parliament and the Ashok Misra committee report that was set up by the HRD ministry in 2015 & had given a number of suggestions as well as setting up a regulatory body.
In a letter written by the HRD ministry to all the chief secretaries of states the ministry has pointed out that the majority of those coaching institutions aren’t recognized under any regulation, charge exorbitant fees and place undue stress on the scholars at the price of extracurricular activities. The HRD ministry, in its letter with twelve points, has asked state governments to issue regulations and strict penalties on the errant institutes.
“Considering that regulation of +2 (secondary and higher secondary) level education is that the responsibility of the state government, it’s felt that these institutions are best regulated by the state governments,” reads the letter.
It additional states that to handle the problem of student suicides, the Justice Roopanwal Commission of Enquiry has suggested a set of twelve measures for implementation within the educational institutions, which may be kept in view while framing the policy by the state governments. The ministry has asked the states to supply an action taken report.
Some of the measures that are suggested for these coaching institutes include evolving a mechanism wherever the scholars will appeal just in case there’s any excess by the institute, setting up counseling centers consisting of professionally trained counselors, establishing a local guardian system for outstation students as far as possible, effective administration and management of hostels. It’s additionally asked them to put in place a grievance redressal committee and a powerful induction programme for higher acclimatization.
The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in its 2014 report said at least 45 students committed suicide in Kota due to fear of failure in exams. Last year, 17 students committed suicide in Kota.
To prevent student suicides in Rajasthan’s Kota — known as the capital of competitive exam coaching in the country, a hostel association in the city proposed installing springs in ceiling fans or replacing them with wall fans in hostel rooms. Student suicides have remained a major issue in Kota and a majority of the victims have ended their lives by hanging themselves from the ceiling fan in their rooms.
“Regulation is welcome step if it is to protect the interest of the students and institutes but before drafting any regulation it all stakeholders should be consulted including students, parents and the institutes, However, coaching institutions are being wrongly targeted as suicides are happening for various reasons. So it is wrong to blame coaching institutes for this. Parents should counsel and not put pressure on their children. Coaching institutes are not criminals. As far as suicides are concerned regulation won’t help,” director of Career Point Pramod Maheshhwari said.
The report by Ashok Misra committee, which was submitted to the HRD ministry in 2015 November, estimated the revenues of the coaching industry at Rs 24,000 crore per year and proposed setting up a regulatory mechanism.