In heartbreaking news, a final year master’s degree student ended his life by hanging at his hostel in Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), citing his decision to take the extreme suicidal step to his ‘dismal grades’ and ‘failure to secure a job’.
Mark Andrew Charles left behind an eight-page emotional suicide note, “I don’t have a job, probably wouldn’t get one. No one hires a loser! It’s amazing to look at my grade sheet. A few more letters and it’ll look like an alphabet chart,” the youth from Varanasi wrote.
It has been learnt that this is the second suicide reported at the institute this year. In February, a third-year student identified as Anirudhya Mummaneni jumped off the seven-storey hostel building. Mark was doing his masters in the field of design and had recently finished his second-year exams and was due for a final presentation on July 5.
“I did have dreams, just like everyone. But now, it’s pretty empty. All this positivity, the constant smiling, telling people that I am ok, even though I’m not,” Mark wrote in his letter addressed to his friends and parents.
The master’s student also apologised to his mother and father for not being able to do justice to the sacrifices they made for him in his career.
“Two years away from home, at the best institute, with the best of people around me, I wasted it all,” the letter read, requesting his parents to not bury him and instead hand over his body for medical use.
“I’ll make a good specimen cadaver to the future doctors of India,” he wrote in the note.
He the conveyed his sincere apologies to all his friends and added that the last two months of his life were the best.
He then advised a few of his buddies to not “waste” their lives in the IT industry — “Ankit, Rajjo, IT me kaam karte karte apni life matt bhul jana. Live a little everyday. Ek hi zindagi mili hain.”
(This article was originally published in Times of India)