02-26-2015, 05:38 PM
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is one of the premier academic institutions in the country. It is the dream destination for millions of students with no parallel brand equity. However, there is a dark side to this story. IITs witnessing increasing number of cases of suicide, hopelessness and despair among indicating the brilliant minds of the nation.
Recently, Tariqul Islam, a PhD student of IIT Hyderabad committed suicide in hostel room. The 27 year old, according to initial investigations, suffered from depression. So what is wrong in the IIT system? Is this worth fighting so hard to get a seat in IIT for such dismal results?
What could be the reason that is driving students to take such measures? It is the pressure of competition? Or the inability to accept failures? The workload is too high? Or is that Indians are so obsessed with numbers, ranks and results we have completely lost the purpose of education?
We can not blame this entirely on the IIT system. This demonstrates the gap in our education system and social that fail to prepare people to deal with errors, dejection and stress with Grace. It's whatever reason, we must consider ourselves to be tolerant and extreme changes in life.
Tariqul allegedly was depressed. There could be many like him who have suicidal tendencies. In these cases, we as a society do not alienate these people. Advice, support and tolerance should be offered to students know they are depressed.
We must also not avoid consulting a psychiatrist. This only helps clear the cloud of doubts and uncertainties. It is time for the adults begin to act like adults and treat depression as a condition, not a choice made by the affected.