A report by the Student Bar Association (SBA) of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, has revealed that academic stress in the institution is affecting the mental health of students.
According to the report, currently there are only 58 fifth-year students in the batch, a drop from 80 who joined the class in the first year.
Two students allegedly ended their lives and five dropped out. The remaining 14 lost out on a year.
The report also states that in the 2017-2018 academic year, 45 of the total 400 students lost a year, of which 27 had obtained seats through the reserved categories.
A representative of the SBA told The Hindu that they are planning to lobby with the management for better mental health facilities, lowering the detention losses, and changing the academic structure to ensure that students get promoted every year.
“We also want our institute to have a programe by NIMHANS that trains people to identify signs of mental health problems,” said the representative.
The SBA submitted the report to authorities at NLSIU this week and have demanded more counsellors.
Despite repeated calls, R. Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor, was unavailable to comment on the report.
The university has been ranked number one in the law category in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2019, by the Ministry of Human Resources.