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Offline at night

IIT Delhi may soon cut off internet for students after midnight.

entertainment Updated: Dec 01, 2010 00:53 IST
Shruti Dargan

Come January, and the students of IIT Delhi may have reason to feel ‘disconnected’. Authorities at IIT Delhi say they may ban internet in its hostels from midnight to 8am, following in the footsteps of a similar proposal by IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kanpur.

“It has been a while since the proposal for an internet ban in IIT Delhi was floated in the students’ affair council, and everyone is game for it. The plan might come into effect from the next semester,” says professor Shashi Mathur, Dean of students.

Along with the internet, the institute may also block the LAN (Local Area Network) services, which help in intra-college chat. “Those who feel the need to study late at night can go to the campus and use the internet there; the labs remain functional even during the night,” says Mathur.

Most students are unhappy about the proposal. “We are adults, and it should be left to us to decide when to study and sleep. I don’t see the ban as an effective measure. If the LAN goes away it’ll be a bigger problem. The placement season is coming up, and all the applications go through the LAN,” says Yudhvir Thakkar, General Secretary for Student Affairs Council.

“Most of us start our assignments late at night. Such a ban will only hamper our studies,” says Samarth Yadav. “The campus is open at night, but it’s not a convenient option. You can’t expect us to go to the campus at 2am if we need to study, especially in winters,” says a student, who wished not to be named.