Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Student Commits Suicide at IIT Kanpur

Here is the communique we received from Director's office:

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur deeply regrets to inform the tragic and untimely death of Mr. Mahtab Ahmed (Roll No. 11397), a first year student of B. Tech in the Department of Material Science and Engineering on September 22, 2011 at around 5:00 PM.

Mr. Mahtab Ahmed was born on June 18, 1994. He was a bright student and was quiet disciplined. Mr. Mahtab Ahmed hailed from Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. He was staying in D-307, Hall 9 in the Institute.

The entire community of the Institute, comprising students, faculty and staff members is deeply aggrieved by the unfortunate death of a young and bright student of the Institute. The entire IIT Kanpur community is by the side of the parents and family members of the departed soul in this hour of grief and extends its heartfelt condolences.

We all pray to God Almighty for bestowing peace upon the departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family members for bearing this irreparable loss.

Update on 23rd Sep: Here are links sent by Pavan (In comments, they are not clickable, hence putting them here again):
facebook page of Mahtab where he suggests that he might not live long.
Another picture from facebook page of Mahtab


  1. Sir see this :

  2. and this also :

  3. As you can see, he was using the 'luck percentage' app a mere 30 min before he hanged himself. My theory is that in his depression he had decided to kill himself when his luck ran out. As soon as he got a score below 75% in this 'luck percentage', he hanged himself.

  4. My first thoughts and sympathies are with the family members of the late Mr Mahtab Ahmed. It takes a village to rear a child.....
    God gives us this life. Let HIM be the sole authority to take it away.
    Why lose heart and take away LIFE ourselves ?
    Getting into IITK or a relationship is not a one way street.There are alternate options for both careers and relationships. Personally, I know 3 real life people who took alternate options after entering IITK. Two became medical doctors, and the 3rd did his BA(Hons)Eco from DU/PGDM from IIM. As for relationships,broken hearts do repair again with time to carry on with grace.
    It is one's sacred duty to protect life, others and your own too.
    Yadvendra Sahai, IITK 76-81

  5. @ Yadvendra : But its duty of whole IIT K community to remove such shortcomings in IIT K System if such suicide happened due to abnormal conditions present in IIT K, which prompted him to commit suicide . On other hand that kid would be age of 17,18 i guess , its not proper age to be that SOLE AUTHORITY .

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