Hijab row: No cell phone ban in educational institutions, says K’taka Min

Karnataka Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan was responding to speculation that the use of mobile phones would be banned in schools and colleges amid rows of hijabs.

Karnataka Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said on Friday that it would not be possible to ban the use of phones in colleges as digital learning has become an integral part of the study process . Responding to a question from reporters on speculation that the use of mobile phones will be banned in schools and colleges in the context of the hijab row, he said: “Nowadays modern gadgets such as cell phones Cell phones, computers, laptops, tablets, etc. have become an integral part of the teaching-learning process. When this is the situation, how can the use of mobiles be prohibited?”

“Neither students nor parents should believe such rumours. The aim of the government is to provide quality education to students at all levels with the help of modern gadgets. As a result, the use of mobile phones in establishments will continue.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Police have organized flag marches in various districts including Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Vijayapura, Dharwad and Hubballi as a precautionary measure amid tension amid hijab rows.

Two teams of armed police have staged a flag march through hotspots in Hubballi to send a strong signal to anti-social elements and inspire confidence in parents as high schools reopen from Monday.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday February 10 that high schools – grades 8, 9 and 10 – will reopen in the state from February 14. The CM added that a decision on the reopening of colleges will be taken in the coming days.

The chief minister’s announcement came shortly after the Karnataka High Court, which is hearing pleas against the hijab ban in educational institutions, said that high schools and colleges in the state – which had been told to close because of the hijab until Friday, February 11 – are expected to reopen.

The police also organized a march in Vijayapura, a sensitive town for the community. The march of the flag was undertaken in the arteries and sensitive pockets of the historic city.

The police march was also organized in Udupi, from where the hijab row started.

The Karnataka High Court has issued an interim order banning both hijab and saffron shawls until its final orders.

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