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August 17, 2010: Students of an English medium school attempt suicide by swallowing sleeping pills in the school washroom after allegedly being reprimanded by a teacher.
April 16, 2010: A final-year MBBS student of NRS Medical College & Hospital leaps to death from the terrace of the five-storey boys’ hostel on the campus. He was reportedly depressed because he was not performing to expectation.
June 16, 2009: An 18-year-old student of IIT-Kharagpur commits suicide by hanging himself in his hostel room. The boy had ranked reasonably high
December 6, 2008: A student of Indian Statistical Institute commits suicide by hanging in his hostel room. The suicide by the brilliant student shocks family and relatives
As reported by TOI and several other newspapers. Now this might not qualify as “Campus Buzz” , but I am taking the freedom and slightly misusing my authority here. You will get to know why….
When in school, I thought the tenth board exams were the end of the world. It seems like the only difficult thing in life. Today, I can well laugh at my fears. Nobody would even ask you how well or bad you did in the almighty board exams. It was just another thing. I really feel foolish to have wasted half my years studying so much. School was meant for fun. Sadly, I studied. I was told “beta, after 12th, you will have just fun!!! College will be fun!!!”
I entered college. DCE. Wow. I thought fun at last! Spent a great first semester carefree! Made really great friends. Especially my best buddy, Karina (I really miss her now). Exams and the like were least of my concerns. Atleast now I thought nobody would really care about my marks and performance. All my hopes were shattered when the result of the first sem were out. I was expected to score better they said. So all the fun talk was rubbish I get to know. Anyways, not being the person who takes everything seriously, it was decided that there would be no harm devoting some of our precious times to the holy course books. Like good kids, we studied. We scored good. We were expected to do better still.
That was when I first learn my swear words properly (I used them quite often before too, never meaningfully…).
If engineering has taught me anything, it is this: it is useless to study. If you have to score, you will score, if not, nothing can stop you from getting a bad grade. So entered into fun mode throughout the semesters and would touch the books and notes only during exams. Thus continued my life and I thought phew, finally some respite.
But no, it doesn’t end here. Now I needed to have an aim in life. What about placements?
And the story goes.
Really, when are we expected to have some fun? Not like we ask anybody’s opinion on it when we go out and party with our friends. But when do they really give us the right to do so?
When faced with a suicide case,
A psychiatrist will say: Its all the parents’ fault. They should give more time to their kids. Listen to them.
Newspapers: will have another story to write about.
Parents: will suffer. They really will be in no position to do anything
Their friends will: suffer
When a kid decided to end his life, he takes with him the life of everyone who loved him. There is no sense in advocating a suicide. But can we have a look into the WHY????
Life isn’t that tough. It is made to look tough. College life teaches your course subject to only a handful of students. It is supposed to teach you more of dealing with life.
I learnt how many different types of people you can meet. How to react. When to swear. When not to. Whom to trust. Whom not to. Who to fall in love with. And who not. When to take things seriously and when not.
Its all simple. Or maybe just a teeny weeny bit complicated. But not so much that you need to put a full stop to it.
Tell me frankly, what have you learnt so far in your college?