Student from Kerala commits suicide in IIT Madras, second in one month


A student of Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is believed to have committed suicide by hanging in his hostel room on Monday morning.

According to media reports, Rahul G. Prasad, a native of Kollam in Kerala, who was doing his final year B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) at the institute in Chennai.

The police say no suicide note has been found. The boy’s parents in Kerala’s Kollam are expected to arrive in Chennai tonight.

Reports added that friends found Rahul’s body hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room.

This is the second suicide case in the IIT campus in Chennai in the last month.

Last month, a 23-year-old student Nagendra Kumar Reddy from Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room in the prestigious institute.

Nagendra’s death, according to police, was sttributed to depression after he failed to clear an exam that would have helped him get a government job.

IIT Madras director, in a statement, expressed deep regret at the second death.

The statement read, “At this time, we have no indication of the reason for death.”

68 students have killed themselves in the IITs over the last three decades. The institute is known to produce some of the world’s best professionals.