The Maharashtra government in India has sought the views of principals and teachers on a proposal seeking a ban on using camera mobile phones in colleges and university campuses across the state to prevent “cyber crimes,” the Hindu reports. The joint director of higher education had sought views of college heads and teachers on this proposal in a letter sent in May. The proposal also involves mandatory installation of jammers and decoders in campuses of educational institutions, Mumbai University sources said. The joint director sent the letter following a presentation by NCP activist Ashok Lad from Aurangabad, to Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope, sources said. At present, the proposal is only in the initial stage and no final decision has been taken, the sources said, adding that the proposal mooted by the department needs to be approved by academicians and heads of institutions.
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