Maharashtra proposes ban on camera mobile phones in colleges, universities
Maharashtra government is mulling over a proposal that would ban the use of camera mobile phones in college and university campuses and has asked for views on the proposal from principals and teachers across the state in a bid to prevent “cyber crimes”.
The letter seeking views was sent out by the joint director of higher education in May after a presentation by Ashok Lad, an NCP activist from Aurangabad, to Rajesh Tope, Minister for Higher and Technical Education that highlighted the need for action on camera mobile phones to prevent “cyber crime”. The proposal includes measures such as mandatory installation of jammers and decoders in campuses of educational institutions, Mumbai University sources said.
Lad, through the presentation, claimed that some students participate in “vulgar activities” by taking pictures and video in classrooms and on campuses.
As of now the proposal is only in the initial stages and no decision has been taken as it would require approval from academicians and heads of institutions. Mumbai University (MU) issued a circular to its affiliated colleges on June 25 seeking their opinion following which it will submit its report – the deadline for which is not known.