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IIT Mumbai bans blogging & gaming

Mr Prakash Gopalan, dean of student affairs at IIT Mumbai, has this to say about blogging and gaming.

Mr Prakash Gopalan, dean of student affairs at IIT Mumbai, told Singapore's 938Live radio station in an interview that school authorities had been observing a slight decline in academic standards.

"Even more worrisome was a declining level of participation in cultural activities … not too many people were showing up at our playgrounds in the evenings and working out and things like that," he said.

"So we started probing (why this might be). And obviously, it all pointed to an increasing use of Internet services like browsing, chatting and gaming."

Mr Gopalan said about 4 to 5 per cent of ITT Mumbai's 5,000 students had been "seriously affected" by the excessive time they spent online, leading to psychological problems in some cases.

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