Suicide toll increases in Manipal: MIT student found dead
MANIPAL: A second-year engineering student of the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) committed suicide here on Tuesday, January 29. The student was pursuing a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE).
The police have opened an investigation and are currently looking into the matter. “The deceased is identified as Harsh Ranjan, who was in his fourth semester at MIT,” told Sub-Inspector Sridhar Nambiar of Manipal Police Station and the investigating officer of the case, in a telephonic conversation. Ranjan lived outside MIT campus, in an apartment in Eshwar Nagar. “He took his life by hanging himself. The police found a suicide note near the body,” he added.
Following the demise of the young student, a condolence meeting was convened at the M.V. Seminar Hall on Thursday, 31st January, by the college administration, which was attended by Srikant Rao D., Director of MIT, along with the faculty and students of the department. “As an institute, we try our best to keep the load and pressure on the students as minimum as possible. This is a failure on our part as we could not identify someone who was feeling distressed. I request all the students to talk to their parents and approach the Student Support Centre (SSC),” said Srikant Rao in his heartfelt condolence.
This is the second incident in a short span of time where an MIT student has taken his life. In October last year, another second-year student from the Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) department ended his life by jumping from the sixth floor of the A1 Apartments at the MIT campus.