Tribute to "Rohit Kumar, IIT KGP" : The Power of Youth

In this time of "Lok Sabha General Elections", every political party is trying to sue the youth. Apparently, if you don't see the power of youth, you can't realize it.

Rohit Kumar, an undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur died due to lack of basic medical facilities and negligence at B.C. Roy Hospital, which is responsible for providing healthcare facilities to IIT-Kharagpur campus residents, but it’s more known about its improper treatment and inadequate qualified doctors.

After this what happened was really dramatic and the authorities need to learn a lesson or two from this.

Around 2000 students rushed in after the LAN/ internet was shut down. People gathered outside the Director's bungalow. The media was not allowed as IIT still remains a very secluded and restricted place for media activities.

Director at last announced his resignation on moral grounds and followed it was an "openhouse meeting" at "Toat-the open theatre". The meeting was very inconclusive due to anger of students and "unsatisfactory" opinion of the authorities."Dean of student affairs" announced his resignation after the "Deputy Director" followed the "Director's" path and announced his resignation from his post at B.C. Roy Hospital.

The anger of students was further flamed due to irresponsible comments by "Dean of student affairs", "Deputy Director" and other authorities.

This is utter shameful. I urge the readers not to think that IITians were reckless when they did all the above inevitable acts, they were helpless!!!

Visit Rohit's orkut profile

Another case of Negligence by "BC Roy Hospital, IIT Kharagpur"

Gaurav Tomar, a 5th Year Student of Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur who is already placed in the Indian Registrar of Shipping with a handsome salary is in ICU, on dialysis, as the malarial parasite has already affected his kidneys. His case is an addition to the carelessness of this hospital in recent years. BC Roy Hospital was not able to detect a very common disease "Malaria" in 6 days. After this the parents of Gaurav arrived kharagpur and took their son to Meerut. Gaurav was in ICU of Apollo Hospital, Delhi for few days but now he is out of danger. He will be released from the hospital within 10 days.

Read the detailed news from here

Is this the way IITians are treated in their own homeland?

Despite all these shameful events, "Scholars' Avenue"-the IIT Kharagpur students' newspaper is doing a commendable and honest work by reporting each and every detail at their web portal/internet-edition. Read "Scholars' Avenue-Blog" for more details and updates about this news.


1. A peaceful candlelight condolence march was organized by the students in the evening.

2. The exact status on the resignation of the Director yet to be known.

3. Justice Umesh C. Banerjee, Former Chief Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court and Former Judge, Supreme Court of India has been appointed as one man enquiry committee by the Board of Governors “to enquire into the unfortunate incident that took place at IIT Kharagpur on 22nd March 2009 and to examine whether there was any lapse on the part of B.C. Roy Technology Hospital or not”. He will have to submit the report within 30 days.

4. Prof. Souvik Bhattacharya of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been made the Dean of Student Affairs, while Prof. Gautam Sinha is our new Chairman of B C Roy Technology Hospital.

5. Prof. Damodar Acharya has reportedly been reinstated by the Central Government as the Director of the institute .

This is the power of youth.

Rohit has become immortal in our hearts and may his soul rest in peace forever...

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asit dhal said...

India lost a pearl....

Neha said...

oh, I'm immensely touched by ur blog!
It hurts to hear such news :(

May Rohit's soul Rest In Peace!

Anonymous said...

May Rohit's soul rest in peace.
But, i still didn't understand why he died. And the IIT Authorities are not to be blamed but it is the hospital so can i say that all the dispute of the students with authorities is futile?

Anonymous said...

And I see may may your soul rest in peace scraps in the guy's scrapbook. Cicero rightly said that people discuss things after their fashion. You cant stop death, And that is why, i think that a black display pic in orkut of all the IITians is also not very useful as a protest.

Ashish said...

@asit dhal

a gem, a pearl are only some non-living things, he has lost his valuable life

It hurted us a lot too

1. IIT are responsible for the maintenance of that hospital and thus its equally true that DEAN, Director are to be blamed!!!!

Ashish said...

black display pic in orkut of all the IITians is just a representation of the blackday and nothing much..a silent protest

Indy said...

I am saddened. Hopefully his death will affect changes that will benefit others who come after Rohit. Best wishes.

Indro Mazumder
Menlo Park,CA

LLR Hall 1970 - 1975

perturbed perceiver said...

yeah,i read about this incident in the papers and was totally horrified! the state of affairs is saddening!

Pyaasa Sajal said...

it has been a very very unfortunate incident...I do hope that the stand taken by KGP students does make a lasting positive difference

Atin Bhattacharya said...


"Tribute to "Rohit Kumar, IIT KGP" : The Power of Youth"

So that was his identity? 'Rohit Kumar, IIT KGP'? Was IIT KGP his caste? Was it really the most important thing in his life?

Whether the rioting by certain IIT students in their campus will indeed prevent others from meeting the same end as Rohit Kumar remains to be seen. What is indisputable is that these rioting students have set a bad precedent and what's more, they have violated the Indian Penal Code and are lucky for not being behind bars.


"Is this the way IITians are treated in their own homeland?"

So the IITians have some intrinsic rights by virtue of being IITians? Why aren't you talking of the deceased person's rights as a human or as a citizen of India? Please stop wallowing in your false sense of entitlement. Being an IITian does not imply that you are more equal than the rest of us.


@ asit dhal: You say that "India lost a pearl". Let me put this in perspective. India lost a pearl when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. The nation cried. Rohit Kumar was not a pearl. He will not leave any imprint on India's collective consciousness. Exaggeration often irritates and infuriates people.

Ashish said...

thnx for being with us

@Atin Bhattacharya

The scenario was totally different than what you are speculating....even the IIT OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE says "it was just a strong emotive response."

Its not a question of IITians but its for common people to realize that they have landed in the correct post if they have arrived from "Google search" and nothing special.........

ramya said...

And I see may may your soul rest in peace scraps in the guy's scrapbook. Cicero rightly said that people discuss things after their fashion. You cant stop death, And that is why, i think that a black display pic in orkut of all the IITians is also not very useful as a protest.

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