July 20th, 2006
While many Indians are squirming in embarrassment while the other majority are feeling angry about the recent inept and callous blocking of some rather popular blog sites by Indian ISPs on Government orders, I came across a completely different report today much closer to home that made me read it again just to make sure I had understood it right. Digest this:
All hostels in Panjab University, Chandigarh are disallowing independent access to the Net to residents, irrespective of their departments or level of education, because they are “not mature enough to access the Internet”. These pearls of wisdom belong to none other than the Dean, Student Welfare, Prof. Nirmal Singh, who opines that, “All they do is open bad sites.”
It makes me wonder if those in power to take such decisions and have them implemented are really so clueless, or is doing so more like an ego-trip for them, since whatever be the reason, in the end, only the end-user suffers and the organisation’s image (whether it be a University or a country) that takes a hit.