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Ban on use of mobiles inside campuses openly flouted

The ban on carrying mobile phones inside school and college campuses is being flagrantly violated in most areas of the district with both teachers and students seen talking on their phones despite warning signs posted at various educational institutes. Though the signboards clearly state those using cellphones are liable to be slapped with a fine of `50 hardly anyone has been penalized for violating the rule.

punjab Updated: Dec 16, 2014 19:39 IST
Punkaj Bhaartiya

The ban on carrying mobile phones inside school and college campuses is being flagrantly violated in most areas of the district with both teachers and students seen talking on their phones despite warning signs posted at various educational institutes. Though the signboards clearly state those using cellphones are liable to be slapped with a fine of `50 hardly anyone has been penalized for violating the rule.


The Central Board of Secondary Education had banned carrying of mobile phones inside school and college campuses, saying use of the ubiquitous cellphone had seeped into the lives of every individual irrespective of whether they are students, teachers, professionals or others. Moreover, the use of mobile phones definitely needed to be restricted in school environments as they could cause distraction, lack of concentration, anxiety, fear and sometimes even misuse, the CBSE had noted.

The board had suggested that school and college principals, teachers and other staff should also not be seen using the cellphones in classrooms, playgrounds, common areas, laboratories and other parts of the school premises. The CBSE instructions were also implemented by college and university authorities in state.

Parents are of the opinion that if this ban is to be observed by students, the same principle should also be followed in respect of the teachers. One of them, Naresh Kumar, said both teachers and students have to observe the same rules during the studies time and no one should be spared from this.

However, students lament the use of mobile phones has become the time of hour and needed badly in the present time when advancement in every section of society was going on swiftly.

Shweta Thakur, a student, said instead of imposing a ban on carrying of mobiles inside the campuses, restrictions should be imposed to keep cellphones silent during the study period and thereafter they should be allowed to use that. “If I didn't have a smartphone I wouldn't have not got information about HP University postponing their papers for three days from December 15 to 17 due to heavy rain and snow in various areas of the state,” she added.