IIT-KGP looks for ways to de-stress stu­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page -

that of­fi­cials hope will help cut stress in an en­vi­ron­ment marked with anx­i­ety over grades and land­ing jobs.

IIT Kharag­pur is among the coun­try’s mar­quee In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy col­leges that lakhs vie for each year. Only a few thou­sands make it, en­ter­ing a col­lege of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion with some of the best minds to vie for top jobs at the end of their fouryear course. The pres­sure trig­gered three sui­cides in the Kharag­pur in­sti­tute this year.

“Stu­dents are meet­ing in­creas­ingly less. This nat­u­rally cre­ates a lot of prob­lems as they end up be­ing alone. This small step will help them con­nect when they take a ten min­utes cof­fee or tea break,” said Man­ish Bhat­tacharya, dean of stu­dents af­fairs of IIT Kharag­pur, while ex­plain­ing another ef­fort to draw stu­dents out by in­stalling vend­ing ma­chines for free tea and cof­fee.

The ma­chines, for which a Ja­panese com­pany has been roped in, will be in place from the aca­demic year be­gin­ning this sum­mer.

The black­out hours are help­ing, stu­dents say. “It was like an out­reach pro­gramme where the ad­min­is­tra­tion wanted to speak to us… tell us what had hap­pened and how it was im­por­tant to be con­nected with fel­low stu­dents. Many came out of com­pul­sion but re­alised that it helped.

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Pak­istan bats­man Fakhar Za­man plays at the ball dur­ing the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy fi­nal be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia at the Oval in Lon­don on Sun­day. Za­man scored 114 off 106 balls with 12 fours and three sixes. P14

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