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Cooch Behar: A youth, who had a master’s degree, a degree and diploma in teaching to his credit, has ended his life in north Bengal after failing to get a job.

This has happened at Bhotbari area under Mekhliganj police station jurisdiction in Cooch Behar district. The deceased has been identified as Moksedul Haque (31).

Born in a marginalised peasant family, Haque was a meritorious student all through.

Thus, wading through financial constraints, he completed master’s degree studies and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in education so to become a higher secondary teacher.

After chasing the goal for a few years when Haque realised that given the rush of job seekers it is tough to fetch a higher secondary teaching job.

Hence, he completed a diploma in elementary education (D.El.Ed), which is now must for teaching in primary schools.

According to his elder brother Moklesar Rehman, Haque met the Rs 1.5-lakh expense for D.El.Ed studies by selling a portion of their ancestral farmland.

“But despite all his efforts, he was not able to land up in a teaching job that he wanted the most. Due to this, he slipped into a depression and consumed pesticide today at dawn,” Rehman said.

Hearing Haque groaning in pain in his bedroom, the family members rescued him and rushed to Mekhliganj Rural Hospital. Doctors there referred him to Jalpaiguri Super Speciality Hospital. He died there soon after arrival.

Sajal Biswas, a neighbour of the bereaved family, blamed Haque’s high qualifications for his untimely demise.

“Since he had all the requisite degrees, he thought of being able to get a teaching job sooner than later. This intensified his depression. Had he not studied so much, he could have survived by doing menial jobs like so many of us,” Biswas lamented.