New Delhi: St Stephen's College students have vowed to adopt the odd-even formula for usage of cell phones saying the devices are "lethal" for health as well as intellectual life.
Following the Delhi Government's 15-day trial for restricting the plying of vehicles in the national capital as per odd and even numbers, the students have decided to attempt the same for mobile phones.
The decision was taken at an assembly meeting at the college where over 70 per cent students voted in favour of the idea.
However, the implementation of the scheme is voluntary and no student will be penalised for not following the rule.
"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.