Turn that Internet Off and Walk Away

One of the biggest schools in India has decided to turn off its internet access at night hoping to get its students to socialize:

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai (Bombay) will turn off hostel students’ free internet access from 11pm until 12.30pm. Authorities hope the decision will get students talking to each other again. Mumbai has 13 undergraduate hostels.

Dean of student affairs Prakash Gopalan told Reuters: “The old hostel culture of camaraderie and socialising among students is gone. This is not healthy in our opinion.” Gopalan said there had been a decline in academic performance as well as other activities like sport, cultural events, and general socialising.

The dean said students in hostels did not even know the person two doors away from them.

University authorities hope the ban will lead to earlier nights for some students as well as more chit-chat. All night internet access is being blamed for poor attendance at morning lectures as well as creating a generation of friendless students.

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