Shankar Devarajan, founder and CEO of Shankar IAS Academy, and a prominent IAS coach in Tamil Nadu, was on Thursday night found dead at his residence in Mylapore, Chennai.
As per police report, the 45-year-old professor allegedly took his own life due to personal reasons. The neighbours rushed him to a private hospital in Mylapore late on Thursday night, however he was declared dead on arrival. After his body was taken to a government hospital for the postmortem, police said that Shankar committed suicide after a heated argument with his wife.
Shankar came from a farming family in Krishnagiri. His father passed away when he was a child but he went on to study agriculture. He wanted to appear for the UPSC exam but could not as he did not fit in the age criteria. He then started his own academy to train aspirants.
The professor founded the civil services coaching institute in Tamil Nadu that has produced more than 900 civil servants since 2004.
Shankar, who was found hanging from a fan at his home, was rushed to St. Isabel’s Hospital in Mylapore but declared dead there. His body has been taken for post-mortem to the Royapettah government hospital.
This news has shocked many of his students across the country and condolences have been pouring in. Shankar began the institute in 2004 in Anna Nagar, Chennai. His academy was the first in the state that aimed to train IAS and IPS aspirants. His academy is of national repute and has churned out hundreds of officers who are placed is different states in India. The Academy had recently opened a bigger building in the city.
“He was a very sincere and knowledgeable youngster. In just a short while, he built his academy into a successful enterprise. He had failed and exhausted all his attempts in an effort to clear the civil exams. But he learnt from this failure and decided to impart the knowledge that he had to help other students – especially those from the backward communities. More than a teacher, he was a friend and guide to his students. His absence is definitely a blow for aspiring students,” says MLA R Natraj, who has taken classes at the academy since 2010.