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Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:45:22 PM, IANS

New Delhi: A task force has been set up to look into the increasing number of suicides in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

Talking to reporters after a meeting of the prestigious institutes' governing body IIT Council here Sibal said the task force will look into the present system and review the reasons of increasing suicide cases.

Asked if the task force will also review the grading system, which has been blamed for causing depression among students, Sibal said: "Various issues will be considered."

At least seven suicide cases have been reported in IITs so far this year alone.

In the most recent case, a third-year Computer Science student of IIT-Patna, Yalavarthi Sweeya, committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop of her four-storeyed hostel.

According to police, she was upset about not being able to secure good grades in her exams.







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