Rumors abound in the MIT campus about a new set of rules to be implemented from next week. apparentely, the newly installed,
Kamath Circle (KC) gates will be closed at 9:30 PM and the hostels will shut down for entry at 10 PM for all the residents. There is already a hue and cry in various social networking sites about this and pages dedicated to the “Manipal Spirit” (no pun intended) have come up.
I believe that college hostel curfews are useless and contradictory restrictions! College is an institution meant for learning and the integration of young adults in to the adult world. The policies of a college and its administration should show this, for that matter, the Law doesn’t allow for such strange curfews, which prevents an adult from doing what he wants to do.
The college hostel/campus curfew is, to put it bluntly, useless and contradictory for some obvious reason. First, older teenagers ranging from 18-21 are, in effect, adults, even if they do not always behave in such a way. Treating them like children will do no good and incite protestation and/or rebellion. Although their behavior is questionable and out-of-control much of the time, these young adults will, in fact, conduct their lives as they wish to do so. That’s the way it should be. Only in that way can they make their mistakes and learn about responsibility.
Another problem with college dorm curfews, adults, especially older adults, conduct their own affairs, and if they wish to stay out all night or as late as they want, that is their prerogative. They should not have to be locked out and denied access to their paid room. That’s ludicrous!
Colleges are adult institutions, and the placement of such restrictions on the adults as if they were adolescents (minors) or children goes against the college’s intended purpose, which is to prepare young adults for the real world. If young adults are treated like children, they cannot and will not gain that oh-so crucial sense of independence and responsibility that they needed to survive in the real world.