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Watch: Jaipur teen falls to her death – are high risk adventure activities in educational institutions justified?
During an improvised rock climbing adventure activity in a women's private university in Jaipur on Monday, a 19-year-old academically bright undergraduate girl fell from the sixth floor of the building by loosing balance and died. The girl has been identified as Aditi Sanghi.

Aditi was a second year BCA student studying at the International College of Girls in Jaipur. Having learned climbing from the age of three, Aditi herself was a trained climber.

She was about to slide down the long rope tied to the sixth floor under the supervision of her trainer-father Sunil Sanghi when she lost her balance and fell. As per the police, Sunil is a rope climbing trainer. Aditi was rushed to the Metro Mass Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The incident was captured on mobile phones by other students. The video of the girl's fall has been going viral over the internet. After the incident, the girls of the university are in a state of shock.

The incident has set a debate going that whether universities in the name of women empowerment should indulge in adventure activities of this kind where not enough safety and precautionary measures are available.

"Institutions are thoughtlessly indulging into adventure activities and talent shows in the name of personality development of students as fads at the cost of quality of teaching and cognitive development or academics. For such activities, they charge hefty fees without caring for whether the pre-condition for the safe conduct of such activities exist or not," said a mother of a female student living in the neighbourhood of the university where the fatal accident took place.

Even many physical education teachers are against organising adventure activities on institutional premises. They feel, such activities should be treated as personal interests. Many commercial ventures organise such activities who are licensed and also provide safety measures and insurance coverage.

Many institutions are wrongfully organising outdoor adventures, now even called high risk activities, like white-water rafting; high ropes challenge; trampolines; zip lines; bungee jumping; scuba; paintball; rock climbing which have high possibility of life-altering or life-threatening accidents such as fatal body injury, heart attack, mental shock, spinal injury, eye loss, limb loss or drowning.

I feel, many times these high risk activities organised and patronised by institutions turn out be misadventures for students since such activities get forced on those students who do not require them. Also, many such activities expose students and staff to hazards as they attempt them without graded training and should be avoided.

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