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First-year student at Anna University commits suicide

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S. Dhyriya Lakshmi
S. Dhyriya Lakshmi

Left a note saying she could not cope with college studies

A 19-year-old student of Anna University committed suicide by hanging herself inside a hostel, on campus on Tuesday morning. Police said she left a suicide note stating that she decided to take the extreme step as she was not able to cope with her college education.

S. Dhyriya Lakshmi, a native of K.V. Palayam in Villupuram district, was a first-year student of Civil Engineering in College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG). She was a resident of a hostel at the Kondrai Block on campus, where she was staying with five students in a room.

She attended two hours of class on Tuesday morning and came to the hostel room around 10.30 a.m. When her roommate Saratha Priyadharshini, came to the room around 11 a.m., she found it locked from the inside. Saratha then went to the back door and opened it to find Lakshmi hanging from in the room with a nylon dupatta.

Kottupuram police said the girl had climbed atop a bunk bed in the room and hung from a wooden beam on the ceiling by standing on a plastic chair. A case of unnatural death has been registered and an investigation is underway. The girl's father Sakthivel, is expected to arrive in the city on Wednesday morning.

Speaking to The Hindu over the phone, Sakthivel, who is a farmer, said that Dhyriya Lakshmi was his eldest daughter and had scored 92 per cent in the class XII exams. “I took a bank loan and put her in college after a lot of struggle,” he added.

Her classmates noted that she had attended a class in the morning, “But she kept saying that she was finding studies increasingly difficult,” said one of her friends. One of the hostel wardens said she had been very depressed after S. Manivannan, a third-year engineering student committed suicide a few weeks ago. “She had not been attending classes since then. She was also specially counselled after his death because he was her good friend,” said one of her friends. Friends said she was part of ‘Siruthuli', an initiative that Manivannan and his friends had launched to help poor students fund their education.

Dhyriya Lakshmi had had a 7.85 CGPA in her first semester exams and an attendance of over 93 per cent. But she found it very difficult to pass her internal assessment exams in the second semester, especially because she came from a Tamil medium school, her friends said. “Of the two internal assessment rounds, she did not appear for one and had poor results in the other. The thought that she had lost a year was bothering her very much,” one of them said.

CEG will soon conduct an enquiry, said M. Sekar, dean of the college. He said that most students scored very well in the first semester because the subjects were the same as those in school. “But in the second semester, with a curriculum of engineering subjects, they face difficulties.We have been having professional counsellors talk to our students twice every week,” he added.

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Now we know the importance of learning english as a language!! I blame the karunadhi govt for making numerous talented students who struggle in professional institutions. His family learns english and speaks hindi fluently but doesnt want the people of tamilnadu to learn hindi/english. Please Mr.Karunadhi, with all due respect think about the people and the need for learning english. you have already stolen a lot of money from tamilnadu. enough of your lame talks supporting tamil, just to gether votes!!

from:  ram
Posted on: Apr 24, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Education is not only the source for development. but unfortunately all the parents and teachers are squeezing the students. very bad decision by Adhyriya lakshmi

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 18:42 IST

each and every tamil medium student get fearness for english teaching and assement internal exams but nobody guide faculty members and could't understand students mentality...
most of the staffs behave hardly and said useless so and so.

from:  bujji
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 09:48 IST

Sad.. that college kids these days think that they have to study the
same way as they did in school. It's not about memorizing but
understanding the concepts.. The faculty should be trained in such a way
that they don't create such a hypothetical aura in classrooms and
scaring young students like us..

from:  Olivia
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012 at 21:12 IST

RIP Dhyriya Lakshmi!If only her name really was meant to personify
her! Reservation based education is a good means to make education
reachable to many for who it can only be a dream. But the institutions
and government must understand that it is more crucial than ever to
take steps in helping bridge the gap-linguistically, culturally and in
other means for students who come from 'reserved backgrounds'. This
way the process does not stop at just 'providing the opportunity', but
rather helps the student transition smoothly and gives him/her more
strength and courage in understanding life situations and acting with
maturity.
And for students-Understand that you are the world and star of your
parents and they are there to support you in every possible way.Think
of them before taking such irrevocable actions. Suicide is a permanent
solution to a very temporary problem.

from:  Shreela Murugesan
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012 at 19:27 IST

They keep saying it is due to Tamil medium background. I do not believe that given that she appparently had "scored 92 per cent in the class XII exams". There have been more students for decades before us who had much less exposure to English and managed. Never heard people being driven to suicide just because of Tamil medium.
This way there must have been news of such suicides fromm all over India with Hindi or Telugu students. Not that I know of.
I could see many such in my IIT days and English was not a problem at all. Actually with Engineering language does not matter that much as it would with arts

Chines and others here in the USA are able to cope with advanced academic studies in English even they never even learn English at school. They take some ESL (English as second language) courses and do very well.
It must be some personal stress. Even the fake-western cultural atmosphere in Indian colleges can be pretty stressful at their age when they are not sure of themselves.

from:  Periannan Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012 at 01:58 IST

Follow what your heart suggests to be your ability.The current scenario
is the worst in the history of human education where the student is made
to study the subject which he has no interest in.Why only engineering?
Why not sciences, arts ,social sciences , music , sports ,etc.?.India
will lose its moral stature and cultural values if this mindless carnage
continues.Becoming an engineer gives you lot of money or settles your
life is the greatest CAREER MYTH.Only proper career counselling and
people's and government's efforts can disseminate it.

from:  Akshay Bhatt
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 22:59 IST

The condition itself states that educational institutes are in a immediate need of counselors. The increasing burden of studies and the pressure to perform well in the academics is the main reason for it. The problem can also be curbed by changing the education system by making it much practical.

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 21:21 IST

Having been a part of the Engineering curriculum, I believe that the JEE that is in the pipeline is a good move. There needs to be an aptitude test to understand if the student is really fit for the demands of the course. Secondly, there needs to be a sense of confidence instilled among students and it has to be reinforced time and again. Its disheartening to see students from top engineering colleges succumbing to the pressure. This prompts me to think - Shouldn't we be promoting arts and crafts so that students are given more avenues to explore and wider opportunities to evolve.

from:  Anusha Rajagopalan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 20:09 IST

I really dont want this to be lost among sea of comments, people at The Hindu, if you can please write on article on this. It is time, Schools and COlleges, during the first year orientation dedicate a session of the importance of college education and its not life or death! Steve Jobs did not have proper education, but the world loves him. Documentaries of such persons should be shown, esp. people from interior who seem to have a huge inferiority when they are in Chennai.
What one needs is a mission and vision - I always say Marks are not the measure of my Intelligence - Teachers and parents should learn to accept. My school teachers and college teachers were like that-so I have a PhD today, though I was failing for my most of schooling!
Series of documentaries and seminars on success is not related to your education needs to be brought amongst our youngsters. Damn Counsellors, unfit to call them so!

from:  sriram
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 18:17 IST

Hello dear brothers/sisters of doing Engineering; please consider

# The suicide is not the solution for any failure.
# Affection should be well controlled if anything goes wrong.
# Think of your parents for the efforts they have put-in for your study & welfare.

Respected College/University management team; please take care of

# Counselling should be provided to the students
# Special classes can be arranged for the students who are coming from Tamil medium.
# Guidance if required also provided to the students for finding the right path to upgrade their skills both in the academic and generic activities.

from:  Syed M Gowdali
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 18:12 IST

Its very unfortunate to hear this story getting repeated within few weeks.What a loss for the family who had faith on her?This calls for action from all of us,be it parents,teachers, institutions and governments.We have to tell and make our children realize that life is not only about results-getting into good college,company etc.And more importantly it is nothing wrong or bad to be a poor performer.The most important thing for students is to put efforts and learn from success and FAILURES.
Students please believe that things are not same always.One can be top-scorer/earner or in love with someone at one point,but it may not be same always.
Listen to our great Epic Ramayanam,Kaikeyi poured in so much affection to Rama,but at some point she had asked for His vanavasa as well.Rama's reactions towards her and towards the situation remains the same as before.We can claim that all of us cannot become Rama, though we can aspire to be.But learn that things can always change.

from:  Vidhya
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 17:56 IST

It's heart rendening to know that a brilliant student like lakshmi who has scored above 90% in the 12th exams should take such a drastic step to end her precious life. I graduated from Anna Univ in the year 1994. I have found that students who came in to our college from rural areas are now professionals in Microsoft and Apple in the US. Such people can be invited to Anna univ to counsel the students at regular intervals. The Govt. also should take steps to provide English medium Education above 9th std in all Govt. schools. This will go a long way in imposing self conidence in these studennts' minds apart from gaining enough knowledge in English.

from:  Suganthi Thiruchelvan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 17:54 IST

The university has to provide free basic English course as a separate
course at least for 40 to 50 days before first semester starts for Tamil medium students(Interested students) and professors want to
make the English language interesting and enjoyable among students.
The reason to take the course before first semester is, students can
concentrate in one particular subject which is basic and they will
carry it for future and moreover students can not through into stress
by concentrating on core subjects and there respective grades. This
kind of activity can take away the fear of English language and make
students comfortable. Now a days English becomes essential and we can
not expect good coaching from all the schools especially from rural
India.I felt to avoid this kind of tragic this is the best solution.

from:  prabhu
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 17:52 IST

This incident pin point the need to provide a year long orientation course in English to those who got admission after going throuh tamil medium all along,to enable them to get themselves familiar with the technical terms employed in the studies of Engineering and Medicine.A working knowledge in English can be provided to those seek this as their optional to enable them to get equipped.The University should consider this proposal immediately and given effect to this, so that further loss of lives can be saved.It is predictable that students not familiar with english will face this kind of hurdles and it should be solved practically.Pupils who aspire for higher learning should opt to learn english also as an optional subject from the begining,to avoid frustration and dejection.Curriculam should provide scope for this. NO sympathy or shedding of tears are not enouth. We must help those students in similar situations.They should conduct a review and survey and identify such students

from:  Dharmpuri K.Balasundram
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 16:46 IST

Irrepairable loss to the family. Hope this brings some sanity into the minds of those who think that bringing the RTE act will bring enlightenment into the lives of the rural poor. Just giving admission is not sufficient and a lot needs to be done to bring merit in them and make them on par with the rest of the students. Else it would bring in complex among them and we will see such horror happening in schools henceforth.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 16:18 IST

My heart goes to her and her family. If we deeply analyze the root cause, it is not Tamil vs English Medium. The fact that she scored 7.8 CGPA means that English is not her problem. It is the understanding of the subjects that matters. In school days, every one aims just marks by memorizing text books with out understanding the concepts. That's why she didn't find problems in first semester where same subjects were taught. Subsequent semesters demand not memory capacity, it requires deep understanding of Engineering fundamentals. She is not to be blamed for this. Our education system needs fundamental change. That's where most of our engineering students fail. Somehow, they manage and get degrees. But, what is the use?. I am very much surprised that Prof.R.Krishnamurthy finds the root cause in language. It is not so. This poor girl did not know the smartness of passing the exams. Let her soul rest in peace.

from:  Gokulnath
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 16:16 IST

Really feel sorry for the parents.She has gone but who is suffering. Getting into prestigious colleges are dream for many, this girl should have struggled and got into it. Just in a nick of the moment all dreams vanished. Apart from regular studies students should also be taught in moral sciences and soft skills. Peer pressure and other pressure during studies will be there but students should be prepared to take these from their childhood. These incidents happens every years. Human mind is very complex. Lets hope for better education system and better communication between parents and children.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 15:54 IST

Studying in tamil medium is not a handicap. The attitude of the students to end life shows their poor desire / Inclination to excel in their studies & life. They do not think about their parents while making these kind of foolish decisions.Being an Alumni of CEG and a student from Tamil medium upto 12th( many of my yearmates were from Tamil medium & rural Backround), We had no problem in accepting the fact that we could not converse in English But never felt inferior. In fact we were performing Equally or better than students from English medium .Especially in engineering if you are good at maths, you can easily get good grades. The pursuit of excellence in life to be instilled in the students which will rectify these situations.ENGLISH IS JUST A LANGUAGE AND NOT A SCALE TO MEASURE THE QUALITY, INTELLIGENCE AND APTITUDE OF A STUDENT. IF this is understood, Students will not feel inferior and take hasty decisions in life.

from:  Nataraj Ponraj
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 15:19 IST

Our current education system itself giving lot of pressure to students.There is zero practical knowledge to students.They are struggling to survive even after getting jobs since they don't have practical knowledge. S. Dhyriya Lakshmi has score first class in all the subjects in higher secondary.But nobody thought her what is life...This is not her mistake of course its societies mistake! If colleges teaches 'what is life?' with all their curriculum.At this time we can able to save an innocent child.My humble request to all the great legends of colleges to stop such a happenings in future...

from:  Hariprasad
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 15:12 IST

... Till the mushroom growth of many English Medium Secondary Schools [ previously they were known as Convents where only elite studied] , 99% of students studied in Tamil Medium only .But in High Schools ,[ English was taught as a language right from 6th. Standard only teachers were so nice and dedicated they taught English so nicely that when students went to colleges and studied subjects in English ,there was no difficulty in understanding the subjects. In a way ,after quarterly examinations Students from Tamil Medium topped the class .Many of those who got Nobel Prize in Science were also from Tamil Medium. But now students score even 95% in English but can't write a single sentence correctly in English. So ,English a s a language should be taught in Schools with seriousness they deserve . Even S. Radhakrishnan studied in vernacular language up to matriculation.

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 14:56 IST

I can earnestly say my thoughts and condolences are with her heart broken parents and any siblings at this moment. What a loss they wouldn't have wanted in their wildest dream. Shouldn't there be Tamizh medium engineering schools or questions and textbooks in Tamizh as well in all engineering colleges providing students for a slow migration to 'english engineering' over the period of 3-4 years instead of a knee jerk jump within first few months? The concept of engineering doesn't change at industries irrespective of the language it has been taught. I hope there are genuine friends and relatives besides her parents to provide greatly needed support.

from:  Feroz
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 14:50 IST

In tamilnadu govt schools ,there is no enough teachers to teach in english medium, Even though there are lot of qualified teachers, Govt is not ready to oppoint them.

from:  G.Sendhil kumar
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 14:29 IST

It is disturbing to see such a trend where we are loosing our budding
youth to problems that could be addressed with a little bit of effort
and concern. It is high to look into the culture of suicides
especially by the students from rural background. These are the
students with good performances in school education with impressive
academic records. What pushes them to such extreme ends is a matter of
concern. The 'cultural shock' they experience when they enter into a
different environment, changes in education patterns school and
university, higher expectations and pressure could be few of the
several reasons. Education, marks, degrees are seen as status loosing
its real value. Still, it is time to take effective steps in
addressing these issues from different fronts. Healthy environment
among grown up students where each one is able to help each other to
grow is essential. Other remedies like student counseling by
professional counselors is also necessary.

from:  RADHA BATHRAN
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 13:17 IST

I graduated Bachelor's in Aeronautical Engineering with First Class and disctinction. Yet, this degree has not taught me lessons to handle practical lessons in my life. Our Education system must be revamped to suit the society and not for personal benefit.

from:  Roeas
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 12:50 IST

Suicide suicide.. i dont knw what happen to all the students... they find suicide is the easy way to get rid off al the problems but they dont knw... their life aren't their indiviual life... their parents are also connected with that.. if they find difficulty in study.. or fear of get fail in exam let it be na... again give exam if u get fail.. keep in mind "Scoring high in college" does nt mean that.. u r intellegent.. if u get average marks.. or jus get passing pass.. be cool and free atleast u get pass. and most importantly.. al successfuly people al over world are either.. failed in college or are average..

from:  Monica Sat Prakash Pawar
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 12:20 IST

In India, we come up with all of life's wisdom after some person commits suicide. Then we wonder if such an act is worth it, why we should take life so seriously, etc. But when the person is living, we do everything socially possible, everything emotionally possible, to make that person's life a living hell. It really IS a better option to leave this hell than rot in it. Some people have the courage to see it like it is. I'd appreciate that extreme honesty rather than the phony "good, positive energy" stuff we dish out in hindsight when it is too late.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 12:10 IST

very sad.Students should realize that education is to train the brain to
think. Studies alone nothing.Why people fail to think that great
achievers are mostly college dropouts like Gates, Jobs. We got precious
life beyond the studies.

from:  Saravana Kumar
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:50 IST

It is high time that the college develops an active Students cell.As
an alumni , I don't remember CEG having such a facilitation. I have
never seen any special support for Tamil medium background students.It
is sad to see two students ending their life in a phase ,when most
have their memorable experiences . This only stresses the need for a
revamp of the education system . I remember speaking to many friends
of my father ,who often say, "In my days ,we struggled coming from a Tamil Medium and by the time ,we got a strong footing in the language ,our grades were already low and hence ,we had to settle for second tier jobs-despite a good understanding of the subject." It is already the next generation ,and still there is a section of the society to carry-on these lines to the next generation.
Hope measures are taken to ensure no such incidents in the future!!

from:  Ram
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:31 IST

Suicide is not a solution.Till the time your life goes from your body you suffer all the problems.After death neither you solve a problem nor you create a new one.Even living is not a solution since problems exists,become more worst and can lead to more complications.

from:  reghunathmenon
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:31 IST

anything in this world can be conquered. Decisions taken when you are angry/depressed/under pressure, will always turn out to be wrong decisions. Students need to be the ones who can handle all this pressure in life, after all it is just the starting phase of life. Moving from here into a job will be even more challenging. Apart from professional counsellors, students should realize that they must choose someone whom they trust, as their mentors in life. That mentor can be a parent, relative or anyone who is good enough to be trusted and one who is mature enough.The country needs young people to take it forward. Hope students realize that life is a challenge every single day, we just need to prepare our minds for the challenge.

from:  Haripriya
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:22 IST

Life is very precious... Loosing a semester is not a big deal.. Learn to live defeats and not end life for all lessons in life.. Life is full of obstacles.... Fight them and win the battle.... Be a role model for others.... Suicide is for loosers.... BE a WINNER and not Looser..... WE STUDENT COMMUNITY MUST SERVE THE COUNTRY WITH ALL OUR HARDWORK AND NOT SET OURSELVES AS BAD EXAMPLES....

from:  Reena R Kamath
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:17 IST

We need to have an interview system for admitting candidates in universities. People who dont have courage or self confidence should be found out and denied admission in the first place and government should do much more to rehabilitate such rejected candidates by engaging experts to give them counselling free of cost .

from:  kannan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 11:03 IST

Every body knows future is with English language only. But then government still teaches schools in Tamil medium and Engineering education in English. It is difficult for most of the students when the medium of instruction is changed. Converting Engineering education completely to Tamil may not be a solution, because a country like India it is practically not possible. Further the colleges can possibly open guidance center specifically to these students. We as a society spend lots of money on various things can't we spend little time and energy on the kids and education. Shame on the system and country as a whole.

from:  swami
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:52 IST

Tamil medium students who enter Anna University, face difficulty in coping with advanced engineering subjects being taught in English. The university should take steps to conduct a bridging course, enabling the Tamil medium students to improve their English skills, before the beginning of the degree course.

from:  mani
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:36 IST

This is very unfortunate that she took such a painful decision to kill herself just because she found study bit difficult though she was a good student.Alas, she couldn't cope with that pressure of over-expectations.Again it's a case of Anna University.Authorities should conduct inquiry immediately.

from:  mohit soni
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:27 IST

Dear youngsters,plz wake up, this life has been gifted by god. Live and fight upto the last breath.This young girl carried bravery in her name, why not in her heart and mind also.The present generation should pay a second thought to what would be the agony and consequences suffered by their family members, after their death. I sympathise the berieved family. may god give them the strength to endure this pain.The worst of all is that, quiet recently, this kind of incidents are being reported from Indias premier institutions such as IITs and Anna university.

from:  Devibala
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:21 IST

So sad, may god keep you in peace...Counseling will help reducing suicides of students. Every educational institutes must follow separate counseling classes for students, if not, we may lose many like thairialakshmi. Also govt should ensure severe actions against educational institutes who pressures student to score high marks, which benefited to get good ranking of their institutes.

from:  sylpheed
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:20 IST

Its time college administrators gave up their fight against moral policing & start concentrating on such issues~

from:  Ravi Shanker
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:06 IST

4th one in two months!! That is very unfortunate. what makes the
college administration to be so lackadaisical about this issue? And we
the people never get to hear the real cause of suicides like this,
except that we hear in headlines like today's we dont get to know what
happened to the so called 'investigations'. That is aching to notice
that a prestigious institution like this is least concerned about the
students welfare and they are left with no moral support. Having
studied in the same institution (but in chromepet campus) i know how
painful a transition will be for a student, particularly for students
from rural background from whom i got to hear words of desperation in
the first year. Luckily the support that the professors were supposed
to have given was given by our seniors which unfortunately is being
stemmed in recent years by college admin in the name of 'cracking down
on ragging'. I hope the college administration works in more sincere,
considerate and prudent manner.

from:  E.Sundaravathanan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 10:06 IST

suicide is not at all solution for any problem. If we are not getting good results,we should put more effort or If we have any personal problems we have to consult appropriate persons. Don't go for suicide for such small things. I appeal to all please be positive and think positive. There will be number of solutions for a problem.
As students are the assets of the nation,we have to contribute our best for development of our country.

from:  pulluru sravani
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 08:43 IST

Youth ! Please understand that studies !=(not equals) life. There is a lot more to life than studies - love, friendship, courage, free-thinking, passion, contribution etc. If you have the courage to face life as it comes, you will scale great heights and will one day control the people in the rat race. Please do not get depressed no matter what. Life will keep hitting you with bricks. You don't need to dodge them. You just need to get up everytime it hits you. RIP dear child.

from:  Joshi
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 08:22 IST

as per article unable to cope with Technical Education as she was from
Tamil medium school,All State Government should learn from this incident
as Teaching in English in school is very important for Technical Education. Most of student coming from schools were all Science is taught to them in there native languages and in colleges it is taught in English which mounts to pressure on students and leads to depression !Its time for action from government on educational reform to bring uniformity in all science education teaching medium in India.

from:  ABHISHEK RANJAN
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 08:12 IST

This incident should wake the politicians who play with reservation system for their benefit (i.e. gaining votes). Just alloting seats alone is not sufficient. There has to be a good system in place to help rural and village students to make the transistion to an university environment like Anna University. The level of education at this kind of university is going to be leaps and bounds above what such students are used. Getting 92% in a village or town school is lot different than getting the same from a city school. So, the reservation system should make accomodation for the family background and where the student comes from and place them appropriately in the education system. I would not mind adding an additional year of study to such students and make them a better student.

from:  Chitra
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 07:36 IST

It's so pathetic!The immediate loss to her farmer parents is unmeasurable. The dreams of her whole family is shattered.Who, here is to be blamed?Dear students, failure/getting low marks is never going to determine the self in you.Children should choose an academic course out of passion and not fashion. More children from the Economically weaker sections strive hard to get entry into Professional stream and they fear when,they are actually there.May be because of the language, which may be easily overcome, by taking a very few classes.Let all the State Governments of India take notice of these hurdles and see to that whenever children are taught in their mother tongue, the technical terms to be quoted in English which inevitably has become an international connecting language.Personally, to students, whatever the pressures are the world doesn't end in a day.Nowadays you have good samaritan Alma mater ready to help you.Please do not attempt an extreme step, for you leave a trail of pain!

from:  Dhanalakshmi
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 07:21 IST

Incidents like these bring to the forefront the issue of Tamil medium student's struggle when they come for higher education. What is the real use of Tamil medium in schools if the same is not available in higher education? Either make English the only meidum of education in schools or make Tamil medium an option in higher education. The current method is seriously biased against poor students from villages. This matter requires urgent review by authorities. Making students suffer like this is no way to promote Tamil language. There are other creative ways to it.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 06:38 IST

This is the reality in many engineering colleges. Having been witness to many such friends from Tamil medium struggling at Engg level, I request the Govt to take care of the students from their school level and not provide them reservation based education at the college level.
The need of the hour is excellent primary education followed by an equally good secondary education at the village level. And for God's sake, get over this obsession with teaching Physics and Chemistry in Tamil. It does nobody any good. And ensure that people from the villages get good schools and teachers that are not appointed on any other criteria other than merit. Finally, get over this insane obsession for engineering education. That is not for everybody. The dead student could probably have been a good commerce student. The earlier casualty, Manivannan, could have been a poet / writer had he been counselled to take up literature for his graduation. This mad obsession with engineering is killing people.

from:  Amaruvi Devanathan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 05:56 IST

Don't know when Indian students will realise that these so-called
degrees are not TRUE education. Very sorry to hear this. People should be taught from childhood the value of life and how to
practically handle it.

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 05:02 IST

This is indeed very unfortunate. Institutes cannot adopt a one-size fits all strategy for teaching students. Unfortunately, all our colleges and institutes and faculty are always focused on the few students that need little or no help at all.
I have a feeling that this article is disclosing too much information about the deceased student's academic track record than it is needed. I don't know what purpose is served by providing this additional information.

from:  Karthick Jayaraman
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 03:42 IST

What a loss? Heartfelt condolonces for the family! A young child, just budding has decided to take its own life. I hope the kids are made to understand that studying is a process and for some it is a lot easier than others. But the fact that these kids are working hard to study is a commendable fact and they should feel proud of themselves, instead of feeling depressed. I hope the friends and faculty there are reaching out to other underperforming or poorly performing kids and ensure that they are counselled. The whole world and life is in front of these kids. I hope they enjoy life and relax a little.

from:  Srini
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 02:18 IST

This is a sad event.It speaks of our institutions at home and schools. There is more to life than all the degrees, certificates, medals, rewards etc. Young people long for love and recognition.They think that they can prove their mettle by scholastic achievements and in its so journ get recognition. In the pursuit of recognition they waste their lives. We need a kinder, gentler atmosphere.Paths of glory lead but to the grave.In USA students do what they are interested in.Very many of them do not care for school grades. In India in the pursuit of recognition some students try to seek a victory in battle only to win the battle but lose the war.One should not miss the forest for trees.The teachers and the parents should indoctrinate the children accordingly. It would be interesting to find out how much the socalled achievers - including the ones who belong to elite services - have at last contributed to the betterment of the society.One must be recognized not by the awards one receives.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 01:25 IST
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