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I woke up a shiny morning, got a newspaper. And the first thing I said to myself was “Daulat Ram. Are you kidding me?” I read an article in Hindustan Times– a national daily; the title was Gadget blackout at DU College. It talked about how a women college has asked students not to use mobile phones and laptops in their own room. The article stated that students are suppose to go through regular security checks and body frisking to make sure that there is no mobile phone in their possession when they enter their ‘Own’ room.
This decision has come to me as the most un-mature decision Universityof Delhicould take. I mean itsclear invasion of privacy. How can you ask somebody not to use their phone and laptops? And that too not in a n examination hall but in ahostel room. This decision sounds juvenile and look like some newly appointed warden or college authorityhas implemented it; all for the sake of ‘Getting noticed’. I highly believe students atUniversity ofDelhi and at colleges like Daulat ram are enough mature and intelligent to decided their own good and may be that’s why they are IN their already.
One of the student from hostel said “They think all we want to do on our laptops is surf porn”. How can college think that way? I mean grow up guys. Why would a college student buy a laptop for good 40 grand’s just to watch porn? And even if they do that, what’s the harm? Porn is watched almost by everyone in whole world. How can this be a reason for such a rule?
Laptop and mobile phones are the most important necessity of anybody; especially those in colleges and in working environment. Imagine a situation when a student needs some help from her friend in an assignment, while she is studying late light, would she really need to walk up to the hostel landline phone and call to ask for help and that too when the landline phone is meant only for ‘Emergency calls’ (Pun intended.)
I also read that they don’t have latches in their rooms, how annoying this is. Why don’t college authorities understand that there is something called privacy? Anybody who lives in room; irrespective where it is house or hostel (read open hostel) is subjected to have certain things always and privacy is among them. It’s ok if somebody enters a men’s room accidentally when he is changing but its not OK if same thing happens in case of a woman; especially at women hostel where they do have male security guards and other staff.
So, before I close this post; a simple thing for DR authorities.
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