Tripura Women's College Bans Mobile Phones in Designated Zones

Tripura's Women's College in Agartala has introduced "mobile free zones" across its campus to reduce distractions and boost academic performance. Students are prohibited from using mobile phones in designated areas, with disobedience potentially resulting in punishment.

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Tripura Women's College Bans Mobile Phones in Designated Zones

Tripura Women's College Bans Mobile Phones in Designated Zones

In an effort to reduce distractions and boost academic performance, Tripura's Women's College in Agartala has introduced "mobile free zones" across its campus, effective immediately. Principal-in-Charge Sarbari Nath issued a notification prohibiting the use of mobile phones in designated areas, including classrooms, the lawn in front of the administrative building, the road leading from the administrative building to the science building, and the railings around the college playground.

The decision comes aftercollege authoritiesobserved students' excessive addiction to mobile phones, leading to decreased classroom participation, lower academic performance, and a lack of social responsibility. "The girls are so much addicted to their mobile phones that even if the college teachers pass by them, they don't notice anything,"Principal Nath stated. She expressed disappointment at the lack of noise and discussion among students, who are instead engrossed in their mobile devices.

Why this matters: This move highlights the growing concern about the impact of excessive mobile phone use on students' academic and social lives, and could inspire other educational institutions to adopt similar measures. By addressing this issue, Tripura's Women's College is taking a step towards promoting a healthier and more productive learning environment.

Principal Nath further emphasized the detrimental effects of mobile phone overuse on students' academic and social lives. "Most of the students are becoming completely self-centered. Even though many things happen around them, they don't even look up,"she said. "The tendency to study is decreasing. Students are also losing their sense of social responsibility."

Students who disobey themobile banmay face punishment, according to college authorities. The principal hopes that the mobile-free zones will encourage students to refrain from using mobile phones on campus and focus on their studies, ultimately improving academic performance and restoring a healthy academic atmosphere.

While many students have expressed support for the policy, citing potential benefits of reduced screen time and enhanced interpersonal communication, others have raised concerns about the practical challenges the ban could pose, particularly for those who rely on their mobile devices for communication and academic resources. The college administration has assured that they are committed to addressing any difficulties that may arise during the transition period and will seek to ensure that the academic and communication needs of all students are met.

"It is crucial for students to have designated areas where they can focus on their studies without the distractions posed by mobile phones. This will also promote richer, face-to-face interactions among students,"Principal Nath emphasized. The "mobile free zones" policy at Tripura's Women's College in Agartala aims to create a more conducive learning environment, encouraging students to engage more deeply with their studies and participate actively in campus life, with the ultimate goal of improving academic performance.