Apparently this was in response to "limited participation in social and cultural activity" by the students of (and because of a recent suicide at) IIT Bombay (incidentally why isn't it calling itself IIT Mumbai now that the city has been renamed? And why isn't there a IIT Chennai? Think they're concerned about losing brand value? or will there be just too much work involved in changing web addresses?:))
Argh..I digress a lot.
Anyway, the Dean of the School decided to ban Internet access in the hostel rooms from 11pm to 12:30pm. That's right: for more than half the day. I have a simple question. How can people in charge of the education of some of the smartest kids in a country (and arguably the world) do something so incredibly boneheaded? And how are they getting away with it? Seriously?:)
What's next? Banning access to all books because some students at one of India's leading schools are bookworms busy with "reading"?
This is a quick, knee-jerk easy way to react to a problem., and maybe a sign that in India the value of the Internet just isn't as apparent to some educators yet, and this is a really scary thought. Imagine someone trying to pull a stunt like this at any leading University in the US. Not only would there be a huge outcry, the administrator in charge would be mocked for his/her boneheadedness for the rest of his/her career.
One can convince themselves (and maybe some others) that they're taking action by taking draconian steps like this, but that's it! If you think there is a problem (and I don't know enough to even know if there is) the right (and maybe lower profile) and harder thing to do, would be to acknowledge there was a problem and start initiatives to improve the social life on your campus.
Am I missing something?