IIT-Kanpur deliberating on restricting Internet access

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Kanpur: Authorities at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here are deliberating on restricting Internet access to students during the night saying that it has a negative effect on their academic performance.

"The campus is wi-fi enabled and it has been found that students use Internet throughout the night on their laptops due to which they are sleepy during classes and it adversely affects their academic performance," Registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said.

He said poor performance leads to stress among students and some of them commit suicide after being unable to cope with academic pressure.

A decision to restrict Internet access between midnight and six am in the campus will be implemented only if a consensus is reached on the matter, Kashalkar said.

On Thursday, a BTech first year student had committed suicide at the institutes`s hostel which was the ninth such case in the past six years and has become a cause of concern for the authorities.

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