Video of college staff bashing students' cellphones in Lahore goes viral

Published: February 5, 2018
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Imagine a teacher giving his lecture and someone taking a selfie or a picture of a girl, that would not be a conducive environment to learn, says Abdul Waheed, a lecturer at the varsity. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Imagine a teacher giving his lecture and someone taking a selfie or a picture of a girl, that would not be a conducive environment to learn, says Abdul Waheed, a lecturer at the varsity. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: A recent video in which a local university staff member in Lahore can be seen bashing cellphones has gone viral  on Monday.

The incident which took place at the Avicenna Medical College, struck fear into the hearts of students as the act was deemed a form of moral policing by staff.

A student posted the video on twitter, saying that varsity administration hauled up the phones during routine inspection and proceeded to destroy them.

One of the medical college’s students told The Express Tribune that the incident was manic and she was unable to get in touch with her parents as a result.

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“It is true that the college has its own code of conduct, but it is incomprehensible to create panic and then bash the phones for all to see,” she said.

“I think they want to act like some kind of moral police,” the student claimed.

“It is strange that Avicenna has such rules when government or private universities allow cellphones,” she said, adding, “Instead of imposing a draconian code of conduct, they should try to convince students by giving them logical arguments.”

Varsity staff’s lense

Abdul Waheed, a lecturer at the college, said that by allowing students to bring cellphones to campus would have a detrimental effect on the learning environment.

“The code of conduct has been imposed since the last 10 years an the rules on campus are clear for students,” he said.

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The lecturer  went on to say that when students enrol here we share with them that smartphones are not allowed, however, they can bring cellphones without cameras so they can get in touch with their parents.

“Another reason for imposing this rule is to ensure the safety of female students,” Waheed claimed.

“Imagine a teacher giving his lecture and someone taking a selfie or a picture of a girl, that would not be a conducive environment to learn,” he added.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Muhammad Ali
    Feb 5, 2018 - 9:54PM

    If it was a breach of discipline then right treatment was provided and who do not agree with this rule should not have enrolled or can pull outRecommend

  • musaji
    Feb 6, 2018 - 1:46AM

    Please ask that stupid lecturer to produce a cell phone in this day and age that comes without a camera. I hope all students quite this stupid college and all the high and mighty officials loose their jobs as a result. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 6, 2018 - 4:08AM

    While I don’t agree with the bashing since confiscation would be the more civilized thing to do, the use of smartphones has become tantamount to drug addiction and a major distraction.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 6, 2018 - 6:44AM

    This viral video coming out from Lahore will create image problems both for the college and its staff; bashing students’ cellphones was not a good idea.Recommend

  • greatguy
    Feb 6, 2018 - 9:09AM

    I think college administration is right, cell phones should be banned in institutions,.Recommend

  • RR
    Feb 6, 2018 - 9:53AM

    Good job university admin. Cell phones shouldn’t be allowed in educational institutions. Recommend

  • Feb 6, 2018 - 10:03AM

    The school has no right to destroy students’ property, no matter what its rules say. Also, these are medical college students, not school children, whose cell phone use can be regulated in this manner. What parallel universe does this college administration live in?Recommend

  • Ali Sarfraz
    Feb 6, 2018 - 10:19AM

    Talk about hypocrisy. Someone using a smart phone taking videos of a man destroying smart phones. And since it is such a big security concern, does it apply to teachers and admin staff as well?Recommend

  • Raghu
    Feb 6, 2018 - 11:29AM

    If you dont like the rule, find another college!Recommend

  • Mamu
    Feb 6, 2018 - 11:32AM

    @[email protected]:
    Well college DOES have the RIGHT to kick the student out of college for not complying with the rules and ence finish off one year of his/her carrier. Recommend

  • lala
    Feb 6, 2018 - 11:32AM

    Good job done. I support this move.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 6, 2018 - 4:41PM

    make it a official rule that cell phones etc should be kept out of class and follow it like in France . Recommend

  • concerned
    Feb 15, 2018 - 10:45AM

    What nonsense School authorities have no right to destroy property. They can confiscate the unauthorized items and return it later or send them to the students parents.
    The court should heavily fine Avicenna Medical College authorities order them buy new phones for the students.
    The principle and senior management of the college needs to go home for this uncivilized act. . Recommend

  • concerned
    Feb 15, 2018 - 1:11PM

    What nonsense School authorities have no right to destroy student’s property. They can confiscate the unauthorized items and return it later or send them to the students parents.
    The court should heavily fine Avicenna Medical College authorities order them buy new phones for the students.
    The principle and senior management of the college needs to go home for this uncivilized act. . Recommend

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