Move to stem trend of students committing suicide.
New Delhi: While keeping a suicidal tendency among students at bay and tackle with study pressure effectively, IIT-D is all set to revamp its curriculum.
The move comes against the backdrop of HRD ministry asking all IITs to take new initiatives, in addition to the existing measures, to stem the trend of student suicides. The revised curriculum, which is likely to be implemented from next year, will have reduced focus on theory and students will be offered more hands-on experience.
The departments at IIT have been asked to draft a revised curriculum, which will then be approved by the governing body, which also approved the required changes in the credit system. “There is a constant efforts at the IITs to help students cope with stress but there are always one or two cases. All IITs are undertaking initiatives but nothing seems to be enough,” IIT-D director V Ramgopal Rao said. He maintained that in an internal survey, IIT-D found that there is a mismatch between the students’ and the institution’s expectations. “By the time students come to IIT, they are tired of endless studying and they want to enjoy a bit. We, unfortunately, do not offer any scope fo that. Hence a major rehaul was necessary to reduce the theory component and introduce more hands-on training so they can simply go to the lab and try applying what they have learnt,” Mr Rao said.
The IIT council, the apex coordination body for 23 IITs, had last week decided at a meeting chaired by Union minister Prakash Javadekar that all IITs will have wellness centres to help students deal with mental stress and non-academic induction programmes for freshers.
The issue drew attention after the recent suicide by an IIT Kharagpur student, the third such case at the institute in this year. There is no consolidated data available about the number of student suicides across IITs. In 2011, the IIT council, headed by the then HRD minister Kapil Sibal had decided to set up a task force to address student's mental health issues.