The High Court on Thursday decided suo motu to take up a news item on suicides of universtiy students as a public interest petition and ordered notices served on the authorities.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice N V Ramana and justice Vilas V Afzulpurkar took note of a news item published in an English daily and ordered notices to be served on the chief secretary, the principal secretaries of home and higher education, registrars of various universities in Hyderabad, the UGC chairman and others. They are to respond by March 25, when the case will be heard.
Expressing anguish at the suicides, the judges appointed senior counsel D Prakash Reddy as amicus curiae to assist the court in the case.
Nine students have committed suicide in different universities in the city in the past one year. Two of them happened in the past two weeks: research scholar Mudassir Kamran at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and MA student P Raju at University of Hyderabad. There were complaints that the authorities fell short on the counts of faculty sensitisation and psychological counselling for troubled students.