IIT-Madras student commits suicide, found hanging in hostel room

A 23-year-old student of IIT-Madras allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his hostel room on Monday night

Chennai: A 23-year-old student of IIT, Madras allegedly committed suicide at his hostel room, police said today. 

Nagendra Kumar Reddy was found hanging in his room at the premier technical institute here last night.

The reason for the M.Tech. student taking the extreme step was not clear since he had not left behind any suicide note but police were probing his death, they added. 

But according to reports, Nagendra was depressed after failing to clear the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to study abroad.

He had recently returned to the hostel after visiting his home in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh for Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, they said. 

Expressing condolences over the death, the institute said in a release: "IIT Madras is deeply saddened to report the death of (a) student on its campus on September 21. The student has been identified as a MTech scholar from Andhra Pradesh."

IIT, Madras was cooperating with the police in its investigation, Director of the Institute, M Bhaskar Ramamurthy said in the release, adding, "We have no indication of the reason for (the) death."

"The student's parents have been notified. The Institute offers its deepest condolences to the parents for the unfortunate and devastating loss," he said.

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