The state government of Rajasthan has hired Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to examine the causes that lead to depression and stress among the students in Kota. The government took this step as the number of suicide cases has been increasing in the country’s coveted coaching hub.
A four-member team from Tata Institute of Social Sciences headed by Prof. Sujata Shriram visited Kota a few days back to carry out the survey. Prof. Sujata revealed that they are going to examine the whole ecosystem of coaching hub from classrooms to hostels.
The team will also interact with stakeholders and clinical psychologists regarding the guidelines issued by the Collector of Kota for mitigating stress among the students. Earlier, the District Collector issued some guidelines mandating weekly off and recreational activities for students along with other measures.
With an objective to get feedback from students, the team will also give questionnaires to students and hold discussions on various issues that are leading to depression and stress among the students. Prof. Sujata revealed that the team would reveal and submit their findings after three months.
The Collector of Kota, Dr. Ravi Kumar revealed that the administration would pass on the findings and suggestions submitted by TISS to the state government which will take all the necessary steps to improve the situation in Kota based on it. As per the recommendations, separate legal provisions and guidelines will be prepared.
Every year, around 1,50,000 students come to Kota for taking coaching for various entrance examinations. In the year 2016, a total number of 17 students committed suicide and 4 in the year 2015.