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Kota institutes providing counselling to students and parents
The Kota district administration is taking steps to stop the suicides happening among JEE and AIPMT aspirants. Kota had recorded 19 suicides by students in the year of 2015. The administration is planning to implement the state guidelines of mandatory counselling for students taking admission to these coaching centers.

It is to make the students aware about the challenges while preparing for the exams and other career options instead of IITs and AIPMTs as per their interests after the rise of suicide cases among students due to stress. The mandatory counselling will start for those seeking admission to appear in examination from 2017.

Data says that every year 60,000 students from all over the country come to take coaching in Kota but the number of seats for the IITians are just 9,000 against 13 lakh aspirants. According to Ravi Kumar, district collector of Kota, mandatory counselling is a part of the guidelines framed to de-stress the students and later the chief secretary C S Rajan recommended the same decision.

The coaching institutions will organize these counselling sessions. It will not be only for the students but the parents as well as local guardians will also have to attend the sessions in person or in a group. The counselors have given the guidelines to inform the students about the limited seats and total number of aspirants appearing for the exams to make them understand the competition one has to face.

It will also reveal about the pressures one has to undergo in the preparation, and will try to give the possible options other than these fields. The aptitude test has also been recommended for the students, so that they can realize if their decision for engineering is correct or not. But the administration has also made it clear that they can only make the youth aware and the final decision will be in the hands of students and their parents. Nitesh Sharma, a marketing manager of a private coaching organization informed that coaching institutes have also started appointing the counselors and besides this, they are holding seminars and motivational sessions for the students.

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