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April 18, 2008
IIT-D follows IIT-B step to restrict internet use
Chronicle Editor @ Apr 18, 2008 

MUMBAI: Last year after IIT-Bombay restricted internet usage in its hostel rooms, it's counterpart in Delhi has now gone ahead and rationed net usage on their campus. Delhi is the third IIT to cut down on internet usage; IIT Madras was the first to block internet usage in hostel rooms between 1 am and 5 am.  
Delhi's decision follows the same reasons - students missing out on morning lectures after downloading movies, games and entertainment till the wee hours.  
Unlike IIT-B and IIT-M, Delhi has placed a limit on the data students can download on their hostel computers. According to student affairs dean Anurag Sharma, it has served two purposes: improved internet speed and restricted students from downloading heavy movie and gaming files.  
In fact, no sooner had IIT-B implemented the restriction that Delhi had written to Powai to explain the mechanism so that IIT-D could study it, tweak it and implement the same on their campus. While officials said that IIT-B's method of cutting hours is still at the ‘‘back of their mind'', currently they have just rationed internet use by placing a monthly limit on the amount of data students can download.  
IIT-D has installed a proxy server that monitors the amount of data downloaded by each terminal. As soon as the upper limit is reached, access gets cut off. ‘‘So students need to choose what they want. If they are going to start downloading movies, then the upper limit can get over in a day,'' Sharma added. Refusing to give details of the amount of data students are permitted to download, all he said was, ‘‘It is enough for technical work.'' IIT-D also held meetings with its students before rationing internet usage.  
IIT-B restricted net usage in hostel rooms last year after students grades fell because of addiction to the net.