IIT-Hyderabad student committed suicide due to placement, thesis pressure: Sanga Reddy Police

IIT-Hyderabad student committed suicide due to placement, thesis pressure: Sanga Reddy Police

The M.Tech student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Rahul Bingumalla killed himself due to placement and thesis pressure, the Sanga Reddy district police said on Tuesday. Rahul Bingumalla, a native of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, was found hanging from the bed frame in his hostel room on August 31. He was in the second year of MTech.  

Doubts were expressed by Rahul’s family over his death as the body was found tied to a cot in a decomposed state. Based on the complaint, police started an investigation and sent his laptop to a forensic lab to open it for more details.

Speaking to reporters in Sangareddy district on Tuesday, Superintendent of Police M. Ramana Kumar informed that Rahul’s suicide note was retrieved from his laptop.In the suicide note, Rahul expressed that the institute should not force students to complete the thesis."If he is exhausted, he will do more research on suicide and ultimately his research will succeed. Because of this, I did smoking and drinking to come out of the pressure but I could not," a senior officer from Sanga Reddy district police toldTOIwhile disclosing the contents of the suicide note of Rahul."I am not interested to live because of placement pressure, thesis, or future struggles in my job. I want to lead a simple life but now it seems to be a struggle for the next years. This Covid period, online made me lose confidence in me, which I have created in Btech to crack GATE to get into IIT. Here every day I feel pressure,” the student said in his last message.

Noting that the institute should not pressurise the student on doing a thesis and referred to an alternative system followed in the IIIT-Bangalore. "Mostly students join MTech for placements, then why thesis? Colleges like IIIT-Bangalore provide alternative to thesis like internship. Don't pressurise any student for a thesis," he added as reported byTOI.