Not every kid wants to become an engineer.
That is what essentially the district collector Ravi Kumar Surpur from Kota in India said in a letter, as a response to the increasing suicide rate in the Rajasthan district by entering engineering students who are forced by their parents into taking the course. The case of 17-year-old Kriti Tripathi was the last straw.
Tripathi jumped to her death from a five-storey building in Kota on April 28, 2016. She is not the first person to commit suicide due to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains, which is a nationwide all India common engineering entrance examination.
Despite scoring 44 marks higher than the 100-mark cut off in the JEE Mains 2016, she felt that she was forced into liking science. Her…