IITs to get 24×7 helplines to help overcome stress

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the rising number of students at the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) driven to suicide or facing serious psychological problems, the IIT Council has decided to establish 24X7 counseling centres and helpline. The measures will be replicated in all centrally-funded technical institutes from the next academic session.
Academic stress coupled with emotional and sometimes financial strain has driven 30 students at premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to suicide and another 872 students to seek psychological counselling across 26 CFTIs in just the last two years. Of the 30 suicide attempts, 12 led to death. Seven of the 12 were from the reserved categories such as SC, ST and OBC.

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