Educational hub Kota, Rajasthan is yet to have a government counseling
centre. It may be recalled that over the last few years several incidents of students
committing suicide have been reported. But the city still faces the apathy from
the state government as the medical and engineering aspirants still await the counseling
Kota is one of the most sought after destinations for
medical and engineering aspirants across the country. Stress is one the major
causes of the suicides being committed by the aspiring students, say the
The government has so far no proposal for establishing any
counseling centre in Kota. 21 students committed suicide last year where as the
number has already touched 14 this year.
The district administration has directed all the institutes
to appoint psychologists for counseling but the city still lacks full-fledged counseling
centre for fighting stress among youth.
Speaking to the reporters district collector of Kota,
Ravikumar Surpur said that the “district administration is monitoring the
situation, all the institutes have been asked to appoint professional clinical psychologists
for counseling of parents as well as the students before admission. Though
there is no proposal from the government to establish its own counseling centre”.
The coaching centers contribute crores of rupees to the government
in form of the service tax. Rs. 167.79
crore was collected last year in form of service tax by the government from the
There are two local organizations which run help lines and
conduct counseling for students for stress management. One of the local organizations
counseled 540 students last year. The level of stress among 26 students was so
high that if they weren’t counseled, they would have committed suicide.
In most of the cases, study pressure is the key issue
besides this relationship and home sickness are also important issues of