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2007-03-19 08:34中国日报网

Stop surfing, make friends, students told

  One of India's top engineering schools has restricted Internet access in its hostels, saying addiction to surfing, gaming and blogging was affecting students' performance, making them reclusive and even suicidal.

Authorities at the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai said students had stopped socializing and many were late for morning classes or slept through them.

"Now, a student doesn't even know who lives two doors away from him because he is so busy on the Internet," said Prakash Gopalan, dean of student affairs.

"The old hostel culture of camaraderie and socializing among students is gone. This is not healthy in our opinion."

IIT-Mumbai, with about 5,000 students, is one of seven IITs across India which are considered to be among the finest engineering schools in the world. They are also a talent pool for global technology giants.

But their exacting curriculum, tough competition and reclusive campus lifestyle have taken a toll on students.

Depressive and dysfunctional lifestyles are known to be common among IIT students, and at least nine have committed suicide in the past five years.

Students have unlimited free Internet access in their hostel rooms to help them in their studies, but many also use it to surf, chat, download movies and music, blog and for gaming.

Starting Monday, Internet access will be barred between 11 p.m. and 12.30 p.m. at IIT-Mumbai's 13 hostels to encourage students to sleep early and to try and force them out of their "shells," Gopalan said.

"There has been a decline in academic performance and also participation in sporting, cultural and social activities has gone down," he said.

But the move has not gone down well with students who say they hate their lives being regulated.

"Now they will say we need to listen to a lullaby to go to sleep," said Rajiv, an electronics student.

印度一家一流工科院校日前颁布了一项限制学生宿舍上网的规定,该学校称,学生整日沉迷于上网、玩电脑游戏和写博客,影响了他们的学习成绩,并助长了他们内心的孤独感和自杀倾向。

这所位于孟买的印度工学院的官员们称,学生们不愿参加社交活动,很多人要么早上上课迟到,要么干脆在课堂上睡觉。

学生处处长普拉卡什·格帕兰说:“现在,有的学生忙于上网,甚至不知道住在隔壁的同学是谁。”

“互助友爱的宿舍文化已经一去不复返了。我们认为,这是个不健康的趋势。”

拥有5000名学生的印度孟买工学院是印度七大工学院之一,这七所工学院国际知名,同时也是全球顶尖科技集团的人才库。

但高难度的课程、激烈的竞争和“与世隔绝”式的校园生活严重影响了这些学生的身心健康。

沉闷、不正常的生活方式在印度工学院是一种普遍现象,在过去五年中,印度工学院至少有九名学生自杀。

规定颁布之前,学生们可以在宿舍里无限制的免费上网,但除了学习外,很多学生都利用这一便利上网冲浪、聊天、下载电影和音乐、写博客或玩游戏等。

格帕兰说,从(本)周一开始,学校在校内的13个宿舍实施限制上网措施,每晚11点至12:30这一时段网络将被关闭,以此来鼓励学生早睡、并试图用这种办法促使他们走出宿舍。

他说:“学生们的学习成绩在下降,参加文体和社会活动的人也减少了。”

但这一举措实施的并不顺利,学生们说他们不喜欢自己的生活受管制。

电子系的学生拉吉维说:“现在我们得听着摇篮曲入睡了。”

Vocabulary:

exacting : demanding;requiring great care or effort(苛刻的;吃力的)

go down : 被接受;受欢迎

lullaby : 摇篮曲

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