Guwahati: A student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati was found dead in his hostel room. Prashant Kumar Arukha, a boarder at IIT Guwahati's Kapili hostel in the Amingaon area, has been identified as the student.
In his hostel room, he was discovered dead on his bed. He was a PhD student in the human resources and social sciences department, hailing from the state of Odisha.
Arukha had apparently not opened his room door in two days, prompting the institute's security officials to barge into his room and discover him dead on his bed.
Meanwhile, police from Amingaon arrived at the institute and began investigating the situation to establish the cause of death. The discovery has sent shockwaves through the renowned institute's students.
Earlier, on December 20, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister of Education, presented data on students who died by suicide in the country's higher education institutions before the Lok Sabha. According to the data, 122 students died by suicide in IITs, IIMs, IISc, IISERs, IIITs, Central Universities, NITs, and CFTIs between 2014 and 2021.
According to the Ministry, 37 of these deaths occurred in Central Universities, 34 occurred in the IITs and 30 happened in the NITs. In the last seven years, 58 percent of students who died by suicide belonged to the SC, ST, OBC, and minority communities combined. The minister was responding to a query from DMK MP AKP Chinraj.
Last month a student of the seventh semester of Tezpur University has committed suicide in her hostel room. Reportedly, the body of the girl named Aditi Swar found in her hostel room on Friday morning. She was pursuing her Integrated M.Sc. course in Chemistry.
According to reports, she had not opened the door of her room for a long time following which staff opened the door and found her dead body.