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305 - IIT Bombay lifts night ban on Net for PhD students - Indian Express



According to the institute, the LAN ban was introduced after a student committed suicide in 2005 after being failed in a few courses owing to low attendance, allegedly due to excess use of the Internet.

Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai | Published on:April 21, 2015 12:00 am

Years after it imposed a ban on local area network (LAN) inside hostels at night, IIT Bombay has now decided to lift the same for PhD students.

Recently, students of IIT Bombay urged the institute authorities to lift the LAN ban inside hostels between 1.30 am to 5.30 am. 

The ban, which was implemented after 2005, was inadvertently lifted for about a year recently and re-introduced last month. Doctorate students argued that the ban was not allowing them to continue their PhD-related work during the night.

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“In a recent meeting of post-graduate students with the director, a PhD student raised the issue and the director announced that PhD students will not face LAN ban. A representation has also been made by students to remove the ban for all of them, which is being looked into,” said Prof U A Yajnik, dean of student affairs, IIT Bombay.

According to the institute, the LAN ban was introduced after a student committed suicide in 2005 after being failed in a few courses owing to low attendance, allegedly due to excess use of the Internet.

“Some of us use the Internet to study at night. Also, there is no ban on use of personal Internet connection. We really hope the authorities give us LAN access at hostels in the night,” said a BTech student.

mihika.basu@expressindia.com