(concept by Tanay Sukumar)
The project was to be submitted tomorrow, and most students had kept the job for the last moment. They were supposed to open Wikipedia today, copy and paste some text, and submit the Class XII board exam chemistry project tomorrow. But as the news came in about Wikipedia being blacked out for a day, the students of a Ranchi school found themselves in trouble. They misled their computer-illiterate teacher Anup Lakra, and convinced him to postpone the deadline for submission by two days.
The student Manmohan Singh told us, “Anup sir still believes in the age old technology of finding facts from the books. But who checks books these days when you have Google and Wikipedia! We have asked him to extend the deadline due to the blackout.” Meanwhile the teacher, Mr. Lakra was at loss of words in this situation. When we told him how his students had misled him, he said, “Students urged me to extend the deadline as they said some blackout had happened. Blackouts in our age meant power cuts. I remember I could not do my projects when there was a blackout. So I understood the children’s concern and agreed.” We explained to him the reason, and he said, “The only thing I know about computers is the way to the computer lab in the school.”
While school students are facing the most severe crises, reports have come in from elsewhere, about researchers and Ph. D. students suddenly being spotted at local coffee bars in the absence of their dedicated research tool. “We chose to have some outing in frantic hopes of socialising,” said one in Bangalore.
P.S. The authors support free knowledge, however no pirated content has been used to “produce” this report.