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PhD student dies by suicide at IISc campus in Bengaluru; second case reported in less than 7 months

In yet another shocking incident, PhD student was reportedly found dead in the prestigious IISc campus. As per reports, the 20-year-old student reportedly consumed harmful chemicals. Mental health experts say students with withdrawal and depression symptoms should be watched.

PhD student dies by suicide at IISc campus in Bengaluru; second case reported in less than 7 months-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Sep 16, 2021, 11:52 AM IST
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Bengaluru's prestigious institution Indian Institute of Science campus has once again come to the limelight for the wrong reasons as one of the PhD students from Organic Chemistry reportedly committed suicide.  Earlier in March another such incident was reported. 

As per reports, the 20-year-old student has some mental health issues and was visiting the National Institute of Mental Health and neurosciences.

As the door of his hostel room was locked from inside and he was not responding to calls, his friends and security guards broke open the door only to find him dead.

The victim has reportedly left behind a note and mentioned that he was depressed in life and hence is taking this extreme step.

The Sadashivanagar law and order police which conducted a spot visit shifted the body to a private hospital and after the autopsy, the body was handed over to the family.

The institution shared a condolence note over the student's death and also appealed to the students on campus to reach out to mental health experts from within the campus.

In March, a student was found hanging in his hostel room and it is believed that he was under academic pressure. In 2019, a Andhra Pradesh native and PhD student in the High Energy Physics stream committed suicide.

Also read: Tamil Nadu: NEET aspirant dies by suicide over fear of failing exam; third in four days

Watch out for symptoms and seek help: Experts

As students right from class 10 to higher studies end lives due to academics pressure, Dr Gajanana Kulkarni, Consultant Psychiatrist, Apollo Hospital who pointing at IISc having mental health experts and other student-friendly mechanisms at the campus told that students who are depressed and may become suicide victims may often show signs.

He contended that such students may show withdrawal symptoms. The day-to-day routine may vary, such students may avoid interactions. They may find the academic activity very tiresome. When students who earlier enjoyed doing the day-to-day activity start to withdraw from it, they need to be monitored as these are signs of stress and hopelessness.

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