New Delhi: Founder and CEO of Shankar IAS Academy, the popular civil services coaching institute in Tamil Nadu, was found dead at his Mylapore residence in Chennai on Thursday. 45-year-old Shankar Devarajan allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence. It is being said that Devarajan took his life due to personal reasons.

Devarajan was taken to Mylapore’s St. Isabel’s Hospital late on Thursday night wherein he was declared brought dead. His body was then taken to the Royapettah Government Hospital for post-mortem. Devarajan is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Devarajan began the civil services coaching institute in 2004 in Anna Nagar, Chennai which was the first of its kind that aimed to train IAS and IPS aspirants. Shankar IAS Academy is of national repute and has churned out hundreds of officers who are placed in different states in India. In fact, the academy had recently opened a bigger building in the city.

This news has come as a shocker with students across the country extending their condolences. MLA R Natraj who had once taken classes at the academy lauded Devarajan and said that his absence will definitely be a blow for all the aspirants. Natraj said, “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.”