B. Madhu Gopal

‘Unable to meet the expectations of parents and teachers, many students falling prey to depression’

The practice of some colleges segregating ‘low-scorers’ makes them develop inferiority complex

Corporate colleges do not care for individual students, says an educator

VISAKHAPATNAM: A few days ago an Intermediate student of a private college in the city hanged herself in her hostel room. A few months earlier a medical student of Ranga Raya Medical College in Kakinada had committed suicide. Both girls were said to have become homesick after their parents had advised them to stay back at the hostel and concentrate on their studies.

Bright students committing suicide is becoming a painfully recurring feature every year. While some of them end their lives unable to meet high expectations of parents and teachers, the pampered ones make a mess of their careers after indulging in all sorts of vices and take the extreme step.

In the mad rush for securing ranks, managements of some corporate schools and colleges seem to forget the fact that all students do not have the same level of understanding and IQ and each one of them has his or her own reading and learning methodologies.

Many parents want their children to be engineers and doctors, ignoring their aptitudes and capabilities. There are also some parents who pamper their children with bikes, mobile phones and other gadgets but do not even try to monitor their activities.

Poor amenities

Some colleges do not even have even proper ventilation and lighting and the students are subjected to a lot of strain. Hostels do not have adequate number of bathrooms, sometimes forcing the students to attend classes without even taking a bath. Sometimes teachers pull up students, who score low marks, in the classroom and send the ‘low-scorers’ to back benches.

This leads to undue pressure and inferiority complex in many victims. Unfortunately, some parents even support such action by college managements failing to take notice of the fact that it hits the morale of their children.

Some parents compare their children with those of their relatives and neighbours and belittle them.

“The ambition of most parents is to see their sons and daughters earning lakhs of rupees and attain high status in society. Their first priority is that their children should study engineering or medicine. The student, who has no interest in the subject, finds it difficult to keep pace with other students and finds himself out of place. He/she obtains less marks and often becomes the subject of ridicule in the classroom and family circles,” says the Head of the Department of Psychology, Andhra University, M.V.R. Raju.

“Depression sets in slowly among those who fail to perform up to the expectations of their teachers and parents. They lose appetite, withdraw from their group, find difficulty in sleeping and finally develop suicidal tendencies. A general increase in dropouts and suicides has been seen among engineering and medical students,” he says.

“Corporate colleges follow a rigid system and do not care for individual students. The brilliant students are grouped in one or two sections and extreme pressure is put on them so that they secure ranks and keep the flag of the college flying high,” says Correspondent of Keystone Concept School D. Uday Kumar, who was associated with a corporate college in the city in the past.

“They fail to understand that not all students can cope up with that pressure. Pressure from parents is in the form of high expectations from their children,” he says and adds that some students think that their life is a waste when they cannot meet the expectations of their teachers and parents.