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Jobless graduate from IIT kills self

Patna, Jan. 1: Ayush Kriti, a former student of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, allegedly hanged himself from the ceiling fan of his Salimpur Ahra residence under Gandhi Maidan police station today.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kriti had done his BTech from the Kanpur campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) but had not found himself a job of his choice yet. Police said he had taken the extreme step under depression.

The victim’s father, Laxman Choudhary, told the police that Kriti was looking for a job ever since he completed his engineering course.

“Kriti was not satisfied with the job that he was offered after passing out from the institute. He had recently applied for a job with a reputed company but could not make it there either. The results were declared only two days ago,” Gandhi Maidan police station house officer Rajbindu Prasad quoted the victim’s father as saying.

Prasad said Kriti could not fare well in the final BTech examination. He had managed to score just 53 per cent marks. The poor result itself made him go into depression. The boy’s father said he had approached a psychiatrist for treatment but to no avail. Kriti was the only son of Choudhary, who originally hails from Saran district.

Nothing in the victim’s behaviour had, however, indicated he was going to take such an extreme step. A relative said Kriti’s mother had even gifted him a new woolens for the New Year.

“Kriti had promised his parents he would get a lucrative job in the company that interviewed him a few months ago. He got frustrated after the results were declared,” he told The Telegraph.

The relative, who did not wish to be identified, said the family had taken a loan from a bank to help Kriti continue his studies. He was selected for the IIT in 2005 but did not display academic excellence after takind admission into the coveted institute. He could complete his BTech only two years ago. His performance at the institute was not impressive, the relative confirmed.

A neighbour said Kriti was heard telling his father not to worry about the debt they owed the bank, as he was confident he would soon land a job with the company he had applied to. “He was shocked after coming to know that he had failed to land the job,” the neighbour said.

A Patna medical college and hospital psychiatrist Pramod Kumar Singh said the youth might have been upset after being denied a job of his choice.

“His expectations were high after being selected for the IIT. But he couldn’t get a job of his choice, which led to his frustration,” he said.

Singh said had the family taken care of and provided Kriti with proper treatment and guidance the youth could have been cured. “Depression leads to such incidents,” he said, adding that victims need additional support from their family under such circumstances.