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No internet from midnight, institute wants students to rest

Staying connected is going to be a problem for students at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) from the coming academic session.

delhi Updated: Apr 20, 2011 23:48 IST
Mallica Joshi

Staying connected is going to be a problem for students at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) from the coming academic session.

The institute has decided to prohibit use of internet in the hostel between midnight and 6am. Presently, students get free internet access all day long in the hostel. The step was taken, authorities said, to ensure that students get enough sleep and are not stressed out.

“We want to ensure that the students’ performance does not suffer. Many students used to stay up playing games and downloading movies at night and would not go to class in the morning,” said Shashi Mathur, dean, students, IIT-D.

Internet facility, however, will be available in research rooms, labs and libraries all night long. “Anyone who wants to study at night can access the internet at these places,” Mathur added.

But the decision has not gone down well with the students.

“The administration expects us to trek to labs and libraries in the dead of the night. Who will want to do that, especially in the winters?” said Abhishek Bhargava, a third-year student of mechanical engineering.

Calling it a regressive move Mitali Shah, a second-year student of civil engineering said, “We are adults and can manage our time. Some students want to study at night and Internet in the hostel is an aid. This is not a fair decision.”

In 2008, the institute had put restriction on the amount of data students can download using the hostel bandwidth. This restriction is still in place.

Officials said if students use the allocated data limit to download games or movies, their studies get affected, as they can’t download any study material. But once the new restrictions are put in place, the cap on data will be lifted.

“Genuine students were suffering because of the cap. Also, it was creating other problems like slow Internet speed,” Mathur added.

In the past, IIT Bombay and IIT Madras restricted the use of internet in hostels at night. IIT Madras was the first one to put a restriction. Students weren’t allowed to use internet in the hostel from 1am to 5am.

The two institutes also took the decision for the same reason — students playing games all night and missing classes.
Students will, however, be allowed to use their personal internet. “If students have their own means to go online, we will not prohibit it,” said Mathur.