Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has not banned the use of mobile phones in colleges and universities in the state, Hindustan Times reported deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma as saying on Friday. Notably, news agency IANS had in a report earlier claimed that UP govt has levied a ban on the use of mobile phones in colleges as well as varsities.

The report by IANS said students studying in various universities and colleges across the state will not be able to bring or use mobile phones inside the campus from now onwards. Not just the students, the ban also applies to teachers across all universities and colleges in the state, the report had stated.

Giving a clarification, Sharma told HT, “Yes, the students are expected to keep their phones on silent or switch off mode during classes so that teaching is not disturbed… That order already

Director, UP Higher Studies, Dr Vandana Sharma also told the newspaper that no order has been issued by the office till date.

The report further said that an order to ban phones in colleges and universities was issued by Kanpur’s Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University on Wednesday. However, the order was only restricted to institutions affiliated to that university.

In June this year, Yogi Adityanath had banned the use of mobile phones during his official meetings, including Cabinet meetings.

“The Chief Minister wants all ministers should focus on issues that are discussed in the cabinet meetings. They should not get distracted by their mobile phones. Some ministers have been busy reading messages on WhatsApp during the meetings,” said a senior official in the chief minister’s secretariat.

The ban was enforced after some UP government ministers were found to be busy reading messages on WhatsApp during important cabinet meetings.