In a most tragic incident, Sushant Rohilla, a 4th year student of the Amity Law School Delhi, an institute affiliated with the Guru Gobind Singh Indarprastha University under the administrative control of the Delhi Government committed suicide last Tuesday by hanging himself at his Sarojini Nagar residence.
According to the parents of Sushant and a mail sent by him to the college authorities he was being constantly harassed by the College Authorities and was not promoted on account of short attendance. In his suicide note Sushant had mentioned that he was not a good son, good brother and good friend. According to the Hindustan Times “It is unclear as to why he took the extreme step. He wrote he was a failure and did not wish to live”.
Initially the reasons of his suicide was hazy but after his uncle’s post the reason behind his suicide is believed to be arbitrary college action. Along with the post his uncle has also produced a copy of an email sent by Sushant to the college authorities pleading for relaxation in the attendance norms. Now even the students of the college are going by the same belief. A copy of Sushant’s email and his maternal uncle’s post is reproduced here under:
Following this even the Father of the student, a Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha has blamed the arbitrary college administration behind this extreme step taken by Sushant Rohilla:
Similarly, his sister has also blamed the college authorities for ignoring his plea altogether and placing arbitrary rules above the life of a student:
Thus, it is pretty clear that the family has been in great grief and feels that the college authorities have erred in taking such harsh steps.
According to Legally India, the Amity Law School, Delhi has denied all responsobility in this case. The college administration has claimed that it has not taken any arbitrary or mala fide action and whatever happened was in accordance with the Guru Gobind Singh Indarprastha University rules and that the students were not detained by the college but by the University. The University has also contended that it had sent two emails to the Sushant’s father informing him about shortage in attendance of his words before the University examinations in the month of May.
Need for change in education policy:
It is a sham that a brilliant student who brought several accolades to the College and was instrumental in several co-curricular activities was detained under an arbitrary rule of the traditional education system wholly relying on attendance of classes irrespective of what the student has achieved and other problems. He was the convener of the debating society and mentored several Junior students, mentored a Moot team which went on to receive the award of best researcher in the USLLS Moot 2016. He also emerged as a runner up in the 1st NLIU-R.K. Tankha International Moot. Apart from this, he was an active member in the ALSD Eco Club and was also instrumental in the organization of ALSD Eco Club Conclave.
It is most unfortunate that our education system fails to understand that sitting in classes and not getting an insight of the nuances of the profession is not skill building but delving into its practical aspect is. It is beyond comprehension how attendance below a particular mark along with brilliant co-curricular record and peculiar medical issues be made a ground for wasting an academic year of a student and not even allowing him to sit in examinations. Sushant Rohilla did not fail himself but the education system that was supposed to groom him failed him. This is not the first time that the regressive education system has failed us and this is high time that a change is brought about in order to make the system centric to the need of the student instead of making education a burden upon the student and a means of harassing both the student and the parents. Thus, we have to make sure that there are no more Sushants in Amity or in fact in any other Institute of our country.
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