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After death, IIT points to unmet salary wish

Kharagpur, March 18: The IIT Kharagpur student found hanging in his hostel room yesterday was depressed because the job he had got offered a monthly salary of Rs 40,000 while he had “aimed for” Rs 70,000, the dean of students’ affairs said today.

IIT officials said Boga Shravan, the MTech student who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, did not attend the counselling sessions organised by the institute for students upset with their placements.

The dean of students’ affairs, N.R. Mondal, said such sessions tackled cases ranging from deterioration in performance to depression.

“He (Boga Shravan) wanted a high-paying job in a multi-national company. But he got an appointment as an assistant professor in Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies in Hyderabad. There was a difference of Rs 30,000 in the monthly salaries of the job he had aimed for and the one he got. He was depressed because of this,” Mondal said.

“Talking to his classmates, we came to know that he was depressed. His friends, however, counselled him, saying that to get a monthly salary of Rs 40,000 near his home was a much better option than getting Rs 70,000 elsewhere,” Mondal added.

The body of the 24-year-old Shravan was today flown to his home in Nalgonda district. His elder brother Boga Shrinivas and brother-in-law K. Lakshmi Narayan had come to take the body.

IIT registrar Tapan Kumar Ghosal said the institute had sent air tickets to Shravan’s family to take back his body.

The youngest of two sons and two daughters of a farmer-and-weaver couple, Shravan was the first graduate in his family and had availed himself of a tuition reimbursement scheme offered by the Andhra government to backward caste students in the IITs.

Lakshmi Narayan said Shravan had spoken about his “disappointment” to relatives 15 days ago.

“He was advised to complete his course, return home and prepare for a better job. We had no inkling that he was under such mental stress,” Lakshmi Narayan said.

Mondal said Shravan had behaved “quite normally” the night before he was found dead.

“He shared tea and omelettes with his friends in the canteen of his hostel,” Mondal said.

Shravan’s body was first seen by friends who had come to call him to play Holi around 9am yesterday. His friends broke the door after they did not get a response to repeated calls.

A senior police officer said preliminary investigation did not point to foul play. “We consider it to be a case of suicide. However, we are waiting for the post-mortem report,” he added.