Punjab Government Bans Use Of Cell Phones in Colleges!

news from a newspaper:

The Education Department of Pakistan’s Punjab province has directed principals of colleges across the province to ban the use of cell phones on the college premises by students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
The decision was taken after receiving complaints by the department regarding misuse of mobile phones in the educational institutions especially in colleges.

It was also observed that students use their cell phones even during their classes, causing great disturbance in the educational activities. Besides students, teaching staff is also been directed to avoid use of mobile phones and keep them switched off during their lectures.
I know some of the teachers from my college life who use to disrupt the class by talking on the phone. Which divert the concentration of students. In addition, girls use to call and text messages to their boy friends in between the lecture.
Punjab Education Secretary Syed Khalid Akhlaq Gillani had dismissed a teaching couple some period back after they found guilty of misusing mobile phones and blackmailing girl students on the college premises.

The use of cell phones in educational institutions was not only affecting studies adversely, but the craze for latest and expensive mobile phones was also causing sense of deprivation among the poor students. As mostly students show off their mobiles and our upbringing, Is not good that could teach children that these things does not matter in ones life.
By banning, the use of mobiles would not help in any way. Students and teachers should be disciplined and learn manners of how and where to use such things.
Just by controlling, those like kids will create more problems. In colleges, such technologies should be allowed but under certain rules and regulations. College administration should ask for a permission letter from student’s parents if he/she wants to keep a cell phone in the college premises. In this way, the misuse would be reported to the parents.
In case of the university students, I think they are mature enough to know what is right and what is not. Another problem that forced the authorities to take such action is the negligence of teachers towards students if teachers are well alert in the class no student will dare to use mobile phones in the class and those who use should be fined heavily.

I remember in my college, there was a certain group of girls who use to keep an eye on other girls. If they find something suspicious, they quickly report that to class teacher then they had to pay the fine and the principal called their parents.

There should be a proper way to stop the misuse. just to stop people from using a technology is not a solution.

12 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    GOOD as far as colleges are concerned … but I’m very sorry to say mostly in colleges and universities (apart from urgencies) gals and guys use mobiles for crazy purposes … though the correct use should be teached … and that too is parents responisbility …!

    But good nevertheless :~D

    Do i sound conservative … cool :)

  2. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 12:38 am

    nope u didnot sound conservative. n what are those purposes if u could please explain? i just wanna know thats it.

    n thanks for appreciating the article

  3. ustad rustam (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    just another way of making our lives miserable, thats all.

  4. Talha (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 5:30 am

    Mogambo khush huaaaaaaaa:D

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    A typical solution to the way we handle most of the challenges we face, “ban em”,”turn away”, “shut em down”, “put a cloak on it”. It really shows the desperation and helplessness of the authorities to direct the technology to good use rather than banning them.

    If the experience here is any guide — and I’m pretty sure it is — the future is going to involve some sort of mobile device in the hands of everyone most of the time.

    While we can debate the merits of this like we debated whether or not the coming of the pocket calculator would result in kids who couldn’t add or subtract, there is an inevitability here that makes it seem rather short-sighted to try and make the future go away because you’re “not comfortable” with it.

    Surely if colleges have any role at all, it is to shape and guide the use of new technologies. Taking the “prohibition” tack never, ever works with kids.

    So rather than trying to stamp mobile phones out of the classroom, why not make sure that every child has access to one, regardless of income. Build aspects of the curriculum around mobile devices, foster community, harness the power of ubiquitous network access, take advantage of the fact that kids are attracted to the technology to channel its use in positive ways.

    I’m pretty sure that whenever parents say that they’re “not comfortable with how quickly young people are using the latest technologies” this should be a call to schools\colleges to grab onto whatever the latest technology is and allow their students to fly with it. While parents may be “not comfortable” with the pace of new technologies — and are parents ever comfortable with the pace of new technologies? — these new technologies are here, they’re being used.

    Chewing gum was a new technology once.

  6. Inspirex (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    Question 1. what sort of college has a teaching couple blackmailing students????

    Question 2. The fact that the girls were blackmailed, indicates that they did something wrong. Otherwise, they need not fear anything. (hence their wrong doing had nothing to do with the cell phone!)

    Question 3: “I remember in my college, there was a certain group of girls who use to keep an eye on other girls. If they find something suspicious, they quickly report that to class teacher then they had to pay the fine and the principal called their parents.” Thats just immature human nature, it happened when we were kids. there were the bullies and the ones that complained over anything (which includes drinking water without permission). Does that happen in colleges too???? do these students have nothing REAL to do?

  7. A for Apple (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Hmmm … 1967 thinking about torturing the poor parents … well schools won’t do any such thing since it’s the parents who are paying them off … and sadly … most of the schools are up to earning and earning … not giving stress on quality … anyhow … it was on light note anyways …!

    Ghalia I was referring to romantic side of gals and guys at college and uni age … ^_^ … to some extent you’ll have to agree with me … !

  8. A for Apple (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    and this chewing gum part was really funny … Gosh it was a technology … lolz … i never knew … i still don’t know how ppl make a balloon out of it :/

    Question two rather statement no 2 by inspirex is quite valid …!!!

  9. Phil (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    Life on REAL campus’ is quite hard without a mobile phone or a pager. But ofcourse if there is only one building then cell phones going off all the time would really be pain in the head.

    Banning cell phones altogether wont stop people from bringing them on campus. If they are so adamant about imposing a ban like that I request them to put up metal detectors. Give it a complete prison cell look that they already are -.-

    I personally feel I am a slave to this technology without my will… I have to answer the phone – just because I am carrying it. I hate a cell phone in my pocket but from time to time it does come in handy.

    There are three parties to blame for this ban, and they are the mobile phone users, that is the students themselves, and the teacher or the instructors, and ofcourse the policy makers who without a grain of hint take actions these days.

    If the banning was because of ringtones going off in the middle of classes and people rushing in and out of the class to attend phone calls, then the teacher should tell the students to either shut it off, turn it to silent or leave the class. Simple.

    If they fear people might use it to cheat in their examinations, well then, I dont really think any other system that they have implemented actually counters anything students can come up with to succeed in the test. Take for example a typical Intermediate paper, say Physics. We all know the chapters, the topics, even the questions that have a high probably of appearing in the test. I ask, doesnt that actually equate to letting out the paper months before the date? Similar, eh? The best way to counter mobile phones in examination halls is the use of signal jammers, and thanks to our military advancement, they are readily available with the army or a military weapons’ company in Pakistan.

    Thirdly, when the F**K is Government or any other edcuational authority allowed to decide about what the students can buy or not buy? It baffles me! If they are so concerned about how much money a child carries then please work on the Zakat and Tax system first. Your child can have two sets, and a chauffer driven sedan and you are telling me what MY child CAN OR CANT DO? Get a life?! And please, saving innocent women from blackmailing teachers by banning mobile phones, pfff, is one of the worst ideas that people come up with! ‘Blackmailing teachers’, says alot about our educational system.

    Authorities like HEC, PEC, and educational boards come up with the lousiest excuses to implement their narrow minded approach to the future over others, that it makes it all the more demotivating to do anything against it.

    Ghalia Aymen, thanks for bringing this news to my knowledge. WOW!

  10. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 2:11 am

    Inspirex: it does not matter in which college it happened what matters is that it does happen.

    Answer of second question is that this is always an issue and especially in our society, people think that if some one did wrong to a girl, she must have done something wrong. otherwise, people are so innocent to do anything. That is so wrong of you to think like that.

    You know how the upbringing of a girl done in our society. They are trained by their parents to be quiet and that they cannot speak up even for their rights shatter their confidence(I am talking about the majority of families here). Then when someone do wrong to them they keep their mouths tightly close. Therefore, it does not mean that they have done something wrong and even if they did no one on this earth has a right to blackmail them.

    The girls who use to keep an eye considered as the special agents of teachers. They were given the task to find out who has a mobile in her bag.

  11. TheRepublicOfPakistan (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    @Ghalia Aymen: “nope u didnot sound conservative. n what are those purposes if u could please explain? i just wanna know thats it.” I guess you are not aware of number of videos circulating around the web of supposedly “Muslim Couples” engaging in Zinah (I am not going to be gentle and call it the “romantic side”) because that’s what it is, and should not be belittled and wrapped around with rosy words.
    I agree with most of 1967 comments and that parents should be teaching there kids the proper use of such things, but as individuals we have to say something about it too. Not all the students are engaging in these behaviors but these things should be looked down upon not just by the parents but also there peers. Most of the time we spend is not with our parents but with the people in our age group. Technology moves very fast and there is nothing wrong with technology but may be instead of just having classes on new technology we could have workshops on the ethical and moral use of such things. It’s pretty sad that not many young people now a days have the imagination or vision, seems like the only thing they are doing is imitating what other cultures are doing.

  12. TheRepublicOfPakistan (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:31 am

    PS: At least it’s just a ban on cell phone and not a gunship shooting missiles in it.
    Pretty sad that all these news stories on this site and not one author is disturbed by how our own army is bombing its own people. And btw they are not terrorist just because they have beards and turbans. If we don’t value life of our own people than how can we expects others too.

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