In a first, St. Stephen's to adopt odd-even plan for cell phones
New Delhi: As the trial period of the Delhi government's 15-day odd-even plan for vehicles plying on Delhi roads, St Stephen's College will see its students adopt the odd-even formula in their own way.
Students of the prestigious institute have now vowed to apply the odd-even rule to cell phones saying the devices are "lethal" for health as well as intellectual life. Unlike the Delhi government's decision, the implementation of the scheme is voluntary here and no student will be penalised for not following the rule.
The decision was taken at an assembly meeting at the college where over 70 per cent students voted in favour of the idea.
"I had given up using my cell phone last July. This is the best that I have done for myself in the recent years. It has reduced my distractions by 95 per cent, my vexation by 96.5 per cent and my headache by 99.66 per cent. The quality of my concentration has improved," college Principal Valson Thampu said.
"Cell phones are as lethal a pollutant of our inner, intellectual life as vehicles are of our roads or outdoor life," he added.
Aiming to cut down air pollution in the city, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has implemented a 15-day-long odd-even scheme, which came into force on January 1.
(With PTI inputs)