Neel Acharya, a student at Purdue University’s John Martinson Honors College, was found dead on the university’s campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. The tragedy occurred after Acharya was reported missing since January 28, 2024. His body was identified by the authorities on the Purdue campus, following an intense search and appeals on social media by his family for any information regarding his whereabouts.

Who was Neel Acharya?

Acharya was pursuing a double major in computer science and data science. Described as a diligent and talented individual, his sudden disappearance and subsequent death have deeply impacted the Purdue University community and beyond. The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation by the local authorities, with the university administration and the Indian embassy in the United States closely involved.

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The untimely demise of Neel Acharya has raised concerns about the safety of international students in the United States. This incident follows closely after another distressing event, where an Indian student fell victim to a brutal attack in a store in Georgia. Such incidents have cast a somber atmosphere over the international student community, particularly among Indian students abroad, and have sparked discussions about student safety and security measures.

Official Statements and Support

The Purdue University’s computer science department confirmed Acharya’s death, with interim department head Chris Clifton expressing condolences to Acharya’s family and friends.

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The Consulate General of India in Chicago has been in touch with the officials and the student’s family, extending support during this difficult time.