In the backdrop of reported suicide of students in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has constituted a task force to look into the circumstances leading to the extreme step, according to an official statement.
According to Indian Express news report, 49 students, half of them Dalits, had committed suicide at residential Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas between 2013 and 2017.
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The HRD ministry has also came up with a proposal to engage two full-time counselors–one male and one female– in each of the 630 functional JNVs, it added.
Dr Jitendra Nagpal will chair the task force approved by the HRD minister on December 31, 2018 to go into the reasons of suicides reported in the JNVs. The task force will look into the circumstances leading to the suicide of students residing in the hostels of JNV residential schools.
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The Task force will also suggest ways and means to arrest the trend of suicides by students.
Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission had sent a notice to the HRD Ministry in connection with the matter.
Reportedly, “all, except seven, were suicides by hanging, and the bodies were discovered either by classmates or members of the school staff”, the NHRC had said in a statement.