Bengaluru: Engineering student jumps to death, classmates blame exam stress | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Students gathered on the campus demanding postponment of exams

BENGALURU: A 21-year-old III semester BE computer science student allegedly jumped to his death from the fourth floor of the building of Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT), KR Road, on Monday morning. The incident triggered a protest by students who alleged academic pressure pushed Jayanth Reddy from Doddabommasandra, near Vidyaranyapura, north Bengaluru, to take the extreme step.
Reddy entered the campus at 9.30am, went to the lab and submitted his report. From there, he went to the fourth floor and jumped. He died instantly, eyewitnesses said.
VV Puram police said his suicide note with the headline “I am exiting” read: “Better to die once than dying each day.”
“Reddy should have been in V semester this year. But he chose not to attend the III semester exam, saying he was not well prepared . To his bad luck, the entire year went without proper classes,” a classmate said, adding: “He would raise many doubts and sometimes commit minor mistakes in projects only to be ridiculed by the faculty members during online classes and lab sessions.”
According to Reddy’s classmates, the management had decided to hold exams from March 6 though most students were not ready for it. “All these days, we had online classes. Only in the second week of January, we were allowed to enter the college to use labs and other facilities. Online classes are not easy at all. Subjects like mathematics need more interaction with faculty members. Adding to our problems, lab reports prepared by us were not up to the mark. We are facing lot of challenges,” they told TOI.
Reddy’s father Subramanya Reddy, a small-time civil contractor, was distraught as he arrived on the campus.
Police said they’re probing what happened after Reddy went to submit the lab report. “We have to question the faculty and take statement from the father. We’ll speak to the family a couple of days later,” an officer said.
According to family sources, Reddy had visited psychiatrists a couple of times. “Reddy told his parents that he was being humiliated over academic issues. We cannot say he was under depression; but he had met psychiatrists for counselling,” they said.
College denies allegations of humiliating him

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Dismissing charges that Jayanth Reddy was humiliated, BIT principal Aswath MU said: “We have CCTV cameras in labs too. Anyone is free to check. There were no issues during online classes too. I’ve spoken to the family and they said it had nothing to do with the college.”
He said Reddy was an excellent student who had scored 91% in his diploma. A lateralentry student, Jayanth joined BIT in 2019 for his third semester computer science engineering. “However, he did not take exams last year. He told his counsellor that he wanted to score well and he wasn’t prepared enough. He took readmission and was repeating the year,” he added. He said the university had announced that exams that were supposed to start from March 5 would be postponed. “But, the revised timetable came only by Monday afternoon. We do not think exam pressure was the reason as we did not even know when the exams would be held,” he added.
Echoing the same, Visvesvaraya Technological University vice-chancellor Karisidappa said: “It’s an unfortunate incident, but the reason is not exam-related pressure. The third semester exams were postponed because the admission procedures for lateral-entry students were yet to be completed,” he said.
Reddy did not have exams or offline classes on Monday. “Classes are online. Some students come for labs or libraries,” the principal said.
A group of students demanded postponement of the exams of other semesters scheduled for Monday. “It’s up to the university to decide on such matters. The exams are on as per schedule,” the principal said.
Asked about the exam pressure, he said: “There are some topics that are difficult to understand. But students are managing. Our faculty members conduct counselling sessions every week. And we have been conducting oneto-one doubt-clearing sessions too.”

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