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Man behind success of many civil services aspirants ends life

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The founder and of city-based Shankar IAS Academy, who helped scores of aspirants to crack the prestigious exam, allegedly committed suicide here, police said Friday.

45-year old D Shankaran, hailed as a great motivator by thousands of students who underwent coaching under his academy, ended his life by hanging in his house late Thursday night, a said.

"He seems to have had family issues," the said.

Shankaran, survived by wife and two daughters, had set up the academy after his own failure to qualify in the exam and made it a successful venture helping many to enter the coveted

"We deeply regret to inform the sad demise of our pillar of strength He was more than a teacher, he was the institution himself...He will continue to live in all of us," said on its portal.

Condoling the death, DMK chief M K said it was shocking and a huge loss to civil service aspirants from rural areas.

had trained over a 1,000 aspirants to crack the exam and proved that an IAS coaching centre could be successfully run in Chennai too, he tweeted.

Former state of Police and AIADMK MLA R said Shankaran's death was sad and unfortunate.

Describing as an enthusiastic self-made man, the former top said he knew the IAS coaching institute founder for over a decade.

"Though he could not succeed in civil services exam, he did not lose heart and started guiding other aspirants," told

mentored his sister who qualified and it was his first victory and the "rest of his meteoric rise is history", he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 21:20 IST