Kota sees around 150,000 students enrolling every year in any of the 40-odd institutes to train for professional engineering and medical entrance exams. But a spate of suicides, about 60 in the past 5 years, rocked the city and forced the administration to issue new guidelines aimed at curbing stress levels among teenage aspirants.
"Certainly, the interventions taken by the Kota administration in 2016 proved to be a milestone in the efforts to curb student suicides in Kota," told Sujata Sriram, professor, School of Human Ecology, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that was hired by the state government to study the reasons for stress levels in Kota.
"We have reduced batch reshuffling that used to create pressure as it linked batches to performance in tests", told Naveen Maheshwari, director of Allen Coaching Insitute.
Manoj Kumar Sharma, executive director of Resonance Eduventures Private Limited told changes in the exam pattern had helped. "Now we give a day break before the major test to provide students enough time to prepare for tests."