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  • The authorities in India's premier engineering institute, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay (Mumbai), have cut off internet access to students in hostels at night.

    They feel that 24-hour internet access is hampering students' academic performance and overall personality development.

    Students have unlimited free access to the internet in their hostel rooms to help with coursework and research but many of them use it to download movies, play games and chat online instead.

     
     

    Students say while the reasons for doing so maybe right, the way they are going about it is wrong and the move is proving to be counter-productive.

    Extra-curricular

    Ms Thosar-Dixit said they were beginning to see a drop in attendance during morning lectures and a noticeable decline in students' participation in extra-curricular activities.

    "In the morning the students would not be fresh and attentive and their socialising patterns were changing as they preferred to sit in their rooms and surf the net rather than interact with their mates.

    "Academics are of primary importance for us but we also want our students to have a well-rounded personality."

    Ms Thosar-Dixit said students would not have access to the internet in their hostel rooms between 2300 and 1230 but could log on in the library or their departmental laboratories where access will be uninterrupted.

    The dean of students affairs, Prakash Gopalan, said one only had to look at the hard drive of any of the students' computers to see that bad content dominated over good.

    "A person who wants to sit in his or her room will do so no matter what you do. Banning the internet at night only hampers our work," a student of the campus said.

    Sunday, March 18, 2007 2:50 PM

Answers

  • I would agree with the opinion of the students because the fact that they are a member of top Indian institutions itself is a proof of their intelligence and dedication.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:42 PM
  •  Such students will know by themselves that every source of recreation has to be utilised within limits.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:42 PM

All replies

  • Nice info....
    Monday, March 19, 2007 5:06 AM
  • I have read this in newspaper but anyway thanks for sharing this info here...
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:53 AM
  • I would agree with the opinion of the students because the fact that they are a member of top Indian institutions itself is a proof of their intelligence and dedication.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:42 PM
  •  Such students will know by themselves that every source of recreation has to be utilised within limits.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:42 PM
  • good move
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:31 AM
  • internet access should be allowed Smile
    Sunday, April 1, 2007 3:14 AM
  • toooo cool mamu
    Sunday, April 1, 2007 6:57 AM