Ex-Kota IITian recalls the pain

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Dhruv Arora recently revisited Kota, the dusty town where he had spent two of the most painful years of his life a decade ago, preparing for IIT. Arora, an alumnus of IIT-Bombay, feels Kota has become progressively worse, with coaching factories growing in size – what was once a three-storey building with 5,000 students has […]

Why Kota is so killing

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18-hour study schedules. A brutal sorting system that segregates ‘average’ students. No fee refund policies for those who want out ‘We can’t take it anymore. Our parents have told us to return home only after cracking IIT-JEE,” said two distressed young students to psychologist Dr ML Agarwal in Jawaharnagar, Kota. The boys were both from […]

Drugs, sex, stress: Why Kota may be a bad place for your child

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MUMBAI: Self-harm, substance abuse, bullying, sexual experimentation and the possibility of pregnancy, sleep-related issues, loneliness, weight loss, acidity and anxiety are common among students in Kota, the coaching class capital of Rajasthan famous for offering preparatory courses to IIT hopefuls, a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has said. MUMBAI: Self-harm, substance abuse, […]

18 school shootings in US in 2018

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WASHINGTON: The deadly gun rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday took to 18 the number of school shootings across the United States so far this year — a phenomenon that authorities seem powerless to prevent. The stunning number underscored how commonplace gun violence has become in America, with students in elementary and secondary […]