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Student in India engineering school commits suicide over grade.
Times Of India ^ | May 4, 2006

Posted on 05/04/2006 12:58:16 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball

KANPUR: A 23-year-old Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) student, Shailesh Sharma, on Wednesday committed suicide by hanging himself in his hostel[dorm] room. A resident of Pande Mohal, Nariya in Varanasi, the deceased was a final year student of dualdegree programme at the chemical engineering department.

IIT-K officials claimed that the student might have taken the extreme step under depression after coming to know that he had failed in two courses —advanced thermodynamics and advanced fluid-mechanics. The exams had got over only on Wednesday after which Shailesh had seen the F grading in the two subjects.

According to Shailesh’s batchmates, he had failed in advanced thermodynamics for third time in a row and had shared his failure and acute distress with his classmates. "On Tuesday, he came to know about his failure and was quite depressed. Today he committed suicide after having lunch with us," said a student, who was with Shailesh minutes before he ended his life.

"Though we can’t draw any conclusion, it is true that he had done badly in two courses. This might be the reason behind the incident," said dean of students affairs (DOSA) Prawaal Sinha. Sinha said that the body had been sent for postmortem and parents of the deceased had been informed about the incident.

The incident invited strong reaction from the students who claimed that authorities could have saved Shailesh’s life by changing his course options. Hundreds of students assembled at Hall One where Shailesh used to live and demanded that the grading be made public. They also took to task Professor RB Chhabra of advanced thermo-dynamics who was present there. "We want to know whether Shailesh was intentionally being harassed by the authorities," said an enraged student.

On November 30, a similar case was witnessed when mechanical engineering second-year student Dharaskar Swapnil Chandrakant had committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the administrative block. The IIT-K authorities had then attributed stress as factor behind the incident. Shailesh is the fifth IIT-K student to have committed suicide.

Civil engineering student M Chowdhary had hanged himself in 1981 and third-year mechanical engineering student Yadapalli Venkat and another student Vimal Jha had taken the extreme step in 1987 and 1999 respectively.


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1 posted on 05/04/2006 12:58:20 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

See now this is why we need to pass everyone no matter what their performance.


2 posted on 05/04/2006 1:04:02 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
"On Tuesday, he came to know about his failure and was quite depressed. Today he committed suicide after having lunch with us,"

At least he ate ........

3 posted on 05/04/2006 1:05:43 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

He could have just gotten Advanced Thermodynamics and Advanced Fluid-Mechanics for Dummies like everyboby else.


4 posted on 05/04/2006 1:06:10 AM PDT by claudiustg (Build a fence. They won't come.)
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To: MedicalMess
"failed in two courses — advanced thermodynamics and advanced fluid-mechanics" ----

Yoi, no wonder he failed.

5 posted on 05/04/2006 1:06:52 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: claudiustg

LOL.


6 posted on 05/04/2006 1:07:14 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

HarmlessLovableFuzzball?

Hey what are you doing using Rush Limbaughs handle?


7 posted on 05/04/2006 1:07:58 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
He should have celebrated the likelihood of not becoming an engineer!

(ducks from incoming slide rules)

8 posted on 05/04/2006 1:08:18 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: All

I'm sorry...but is this supposed to be funny ?


9 posted on 05/04/2006 1:12:10 AM PDT by Raj13008
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
I seem to remember that a few years ago there was a spate of Japanese students killing themselves because of poor grades.

It may just be me, but I think a remedial class in advanced fluid dynamics might be more in order than a hangmans noose.

Of course this is India where 'classism' is rampant. It's hard to tell from the article but apparently some other students think this young man may have been treated unfairly somehow. It is possible that a higher caste professor might not cotton to a lower caste student for some reason.

L

10 posted on 05/04/2006 1:12:59 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: MedicalMess
Hey what are you doing using Rush Limbaughs handle?

Did it ever occur to you that I might BE the man himself ?

11 posted on 05/04/2006 1:14:59 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Lurker

"Of course this is India where 'classism' is rampant. It's hard to tell from the article but apparently some other students think this young man may have been treated unfairly somehow. It is possible that a higher caste professor might not cotton to a lower caste student for some reason."

Yeah - yeah - now bring on the India=Caste=HinduPagan stereotype.


12 posted on 05/04/2006 1:15:47 AM PDT by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008

Of course it's funny! Haven't you experienced enough of life and death to have adopted a sense of humor? It's just a grade. You could change majors or career. The guy fails and goes complete lemming.


13 posted on 05/04/2006 1:17:39 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: Lurker

Similar things have happened at MIT, for what it's worth


14 posted on 05/04/2006 1:18:14 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

If you are Rush Limbaugh then tell me the conclusion you came to as the cause of your hearing loss after numerous responses regarding autoimmunity of the inner ear.


16 posted on 05/04/2006 1:19:34 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: MedicalMess

No - its not just about a grade. Its about 'honor' , 'ego' , 'self-respect'....competition with your friends and rivals. Stuff like that. I have been through that myself. Performace in the exams is an estimation of a guy or gal's self-worth in India (and probably Japan/China).


17 posted on 05/04/2006 1:21:10 AM PDT by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008
I'm sorry...but is this supposed to be funny ?

It's always that way here when a foreigner commits suicide.

There was a story last year about a Thai guy who killed himself by super-gluing his nostrils and mouth closed. Most commenters thought it was a riot. But when Terri Schiavo comes up, all life is oh, oh so precious.

18 posted on 05/04/2006 1:22:12 AM PDT by Northern Alliance
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To: beyond the sea
At least he ate ........

I'm so sorry to be laughing at this. It sounds so Jewish mother. "You want to commit suicide, sweetie? Ok, but have something to eat first."

19 posted on 05/04/2006 1:22:31 AM PDT by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

He made room for persons that can handle life and failure. No sympathy from me. Suicide is a choice.


20 posted on 05/04/2006 1:24:04 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Lurker
I think a remedial class in advanced fluid dynamics might be more in order than a hangmans noose.

Hardly. We are not talking failing once, or failing twice, but failing THREE times ! Once you have failed a course like Advanced Thermodynamics THREE times, you are unfit to coexist with the rest of humanity !

j/k

21 posted on 05/04/2006 1:24:23 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Raj13008

And all those things are illusions like fame. The person was unbalanced to start with. He was a bomb ready to go off. Maybe it's a good thing he did not get to build big things with critical functions that many people rely on.


22 posted on 05/04/2006 1:25:18 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: MedicalMess

I don't discuss my private medical matters in public. But I do appreciate your tuning in.


23 posted on 05/04/2006 1:26:46 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Raj13008
So you're saying what I wrote is impossible?

L

24 posted on 05/04/2006 1:27:54 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: radiohead
I'm so sorry to be laughing at this. It sounds so Jewish mother. "You want to commit suicide, sweetie? Ok, but have something to eat first."

LOL..........:

****

Q: Why don't Jewish mothers drink?

A: Alcohol interferes with their suffering.

****

Q: Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers?

A: They never let anyone finish a sentence.

25 posted on 05/04/2006 1:28:54 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
And I thought I was depressed when I had to hire a tutor to get me throught advanced algebra.

L

26 posted on 05/04/2006 1:29:16 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
AHA!

;-)

27 posted on 05/04/2006 1:29:52 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
If you are in the IITs you have got to be an absolute hardcore. IIT is no place for the average or the mentally weak.
28 posted on 05/04/2006 1:30:01 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: MedicalMess; HarmlessLovableFuzzball
He can't hear you.

;-)

29 posted on 05/04/2006 1:30:58 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: MedicalMess

If this guy was 'unbalanced' because he killed himself as he failed in an exam , then my guess would most people in societies oriented towards academics must be the same way as well - Indians , Japanese , Chinese , and certainly a lot of Americans......Some folks take this stuff -exams , degrees , grades seriously.


30 posted on 05/04/2006 1:31:16 AM PDT by Raj13008
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
Once you have failed a course like Advanced Thermodynamics THREE times, you are unfit to coexist with the rest of humanity ! ----

****

LOL

31 posted on 05/04/2006 1:32:18 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball; MedicalMess

Hey "Rush", who are the Stillers?


32 posted on 05/04/2006 1:33:30 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Good try dude. Rush Limbaugh did discuss his medical matter with all his listeners. His conclusion that he came too, after many of us emailed him about the fraud of autoimmune disorders, was that had he known then what he knows now, he would have treated for infection aggressively to save his hearing.

So you are not THE MAN, THE LEGEND, A WAY OF LIFE, WITH INTELLIGENCE TEMPORARILY ON LOAN FROM GODDDDD!!!


33 posted on 05/04/2006 1:33:47 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: Lurker

"Cast" isnt the issue here.


34 posted on 05/04/2006 1:33:59 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: MedicalMess
So you are not THE MAN, THE LEGEND, A WAY OF LIFE, WITH INTELLIGENCE TEMPORARILY ON LOAN FROM GODDDDD!!!

I am glad you(and others) believe that. Because if you didn't, then with all the publicity this thread would suddenly become about me. Thats not what I want. If you want to talk to me about my hearing problem without getting too specific, you can bring it up tomorrow on Open Line Friday. Cheerios !

35 posted on 05/04/2006 1:41:52 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Raj13008
"If this guy was 'unbalanced' because he killed himself as he failed in an exam , then my guess would most people in societies oriented towards academics must be the same way as well - Indians , Japanese , Chinese , and certainly a lot of Americans......Some folks take this stuff -exams , degrees , grades seriously."

See, there it is. I've been saying that we shouldn't hire these people for years because they all boarder on "flake".

I mean really. Do you want the engineer that grew up with no toys on a dirt floor? Or, do you want the engineer that grew up with the erector set, with Tonka toys, HO train set, and Johnny Eagle M14 rifle?
36 posted on 05/04/2006 1:42:22 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: MedicalMess

lol


37 posted on 05/04/2006 1:42:53 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

"advanced thermodynamics and advanced fluid-mechanics"

Heat rises, and fluids seek the lowest point of gravity.

How can you fail THAT???

I am surprised he was smart enough to hang himself.


38 posted on 05/04/2006 1:45:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: MedicalMess

Unless I am mistaken, this school is nearly impossible to gain entrance. Entry is dependent solely on the results of a nationwide test and only the top thousand or so are accepted. Having achieved acceptance under such rigorous rules and then fail could have serious emotional consequences even for well balanced individuals. In many instances, these students have spent years preparing for that single examination and acceptance. If students in the US had only one tenth of such commitment to education, education in this country would not be in such dire straits.


39 posted on 05/04/2006 1:49:50 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It wasn't the THEORY that killed him... it was trying to work the equations that was his demise.


40 posted on 05/04/2006 1:49:59 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: monocle

"Having achieved acceptance under such rigorous rules and then fail could have serious emotional consequences even for well balanced individuals."


YEAH... Ain't life a bitch?


41 posted on 05/04/2006 1:52:04 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: Lurker

Don't where you pulled the idea that this has something to with caste from. The fact is that, unlike here, Indian kids feel tremendous pressure from parents and peers to achieve at school. It's that simple.


42 posted on 05/04/2006 1:54:58 AM PDT by fragrant abuse
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To: Lurker

Don't where you pulled the idea that this has something to with caste from. The fact is that, unlike here, Indian kids feel tremendous pressure from parents and peers to achieve at school. It's that simple.


43 posted on 05/04/2006 1:55:01 AM PDT by fragrant abuse
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To: MedicalMess

I think you are a sad individual - seeking perverse delight in the misery of others.


44 posted on 05/04/2006 1:55:21 AM PDT by Raj13008
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

I suspect knowing you won't be doing the jobs Americans don't want to do was a bit too much for him. No coveted H1B visa and $10 per hour American engineering job for him.


45 posted on 05/04/2006 1:57:43 AM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Northern Alliance

Well said.


46 posted on 05/04/2006 1:57:47 AM PDT by fragrant abuse
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To: Raj13008
I'm sorry, did you not grow up on Monty Python, David Allen, Benny Hill, Marty Feldman and the likes? Oh I'm ssssooooo sorry. I'm just going to cry a river. I just can't take it any more. You've made me depressed with your comments. I'm going to have to kill myself now.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
47 posted on 05/04/2006 2:00:31 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: MedicalMess
You had a Johny Eagle M14 rifle? You lucky bas****. I was promised one if I got an A in algebra, but the best I could manage was a C+. So I had to watch all the other kids play with their Johny Eagle M14 rifles.

I still don't think I'm over the trauma.

L

48 posted on 05/04/2006 2:03:21 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: fragrant abuse
There was a spate of this a few years ago in Japan IIRC, for the same reason you posit.

I expect a lot of my son, but I'm certainly not going to ride him so hard he feels the need to take his own life if he can't pass some classes.

L

49 posted on 05/04/2006 2:04:50 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: Lurker
Yeah I'm still in trauma myself. I tried to throw my rifle across the stream when we were playing combat. But I broke the rifle because the pretend stream was the neighbors asphalt driveway. So I graduated to a Crossman 760 Pellet rifle and spent my time blowing up Matchbox cars and plastic army men. And you know how that goes.

Today it's FALs, AKs, SKSs and Mini 14s.
50 posted on 05/04/2006 2:09:55 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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