Kopar Khairane
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Kota Suicides: Cut Study Hours, Add Fun Activities, Committee’s Recommendations

<p>On Monday, a high-level empowered committee suggested that coaching institutions in this area shorten study hours and foster a welcoming atmosphere for pupils by include enjoyable activities in their daily schedules, according to authorities.</p>
<p>This suggestion was made following a lengthy meeting of the state-level committee with experts, representatives of social welfare organizations, and members of the yoga and spiritual communities to get their ideas on reducing suicides by educating students in this area, Kota District Collector OP Bunker told the media after the meeting.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-161016″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-what-to-expect-when-nokia-soon-introduces-a-new-5g-smartphone-in-india-download-20.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com what to expect when nokia soon introduces a new 5g smartphone in india download 20″ width=”1275″ height=”955″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-what-to-expect-when-nokia-soon-introduces-a-new-5g-smartphone-in-india-download-20.jpg 259w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-what-to-expect-when-nokia-soon-introduces-a-new-5g-smartphone-in-india-download-20-150×112.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1275px) 100vw, 1275px” title=”Kota Suicides: Cut Study Hours, Add Fun Activities, Committee's Recommendations 3″></p>
<p>The committee, led by Bhawani Singh Detha, Principal Secretary (higher and technical education), solicited comments from stakeholders during its first meeting since being formed. The marathon meeting was held in five sessions, lasting more than 8 hours from 10.30 am to 7 pm, Bunker added.</p>
<p>In August, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot established this powerful council in response to an increase in suicides among JEE and NEET students attending local coaching sessions.</p>
<p>According to Bunker, the state-level committee would create a report and present it to the state government based on the suggestions it has received from the stakeholders.</p>
<p>The collector said that since it was a matter directly between students and institutions, the government was unable to affect the lowering of fees that coaching institutes were charging.</p>
<p>In the meanwhile, a city-wide team from the state is performing health surveys at all coaching institutions. According to Bunker, almost 80% of students have completed a health questionnaire, which is used to identify pupils who may have questionable inclinations and send them for counseling.</p>
<p>Critical instances with ambiguous symptoms or indicators are being given extra attention, and the parents of such pupils are being urged to go to Kota in order to assist their children, the official added.</p>
<p>He also said that pupils who are deemed to be unsuitable in serious situations during the second round of counseling would be sent home with their parents.</p>
<p>Regarding the continuing suspension of regular examinations at coaching institutions for a period of two months, the collector noted that parents have suggested that tests be required for the assessment of pupils and that authorities are considering remolding the test system before it is resumed.</p>
<p>According to Bunker, legislation regulating coaching institutions is also being considered, but as of right now, there is no mechanism for fining or prosecuting coaching schools.</p>
<p>Managing Director of National Health Mission Jitendra Kumar Soni and Sale Tax Commissioner Ravi Surpur, who in 2016 served as Kota’s district collector and was instrumental in reducing student suicides, attended the lengthy meeting on Monday.</p>
<p>Members of the high-level committee declined to speak to the media in the meanwhile.</p>
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