Without a mobile students these days are literally immobile. It’s a necessity like a pen and a book and students just can’t think of life without a mobile in their hands. It’s a part and parcel of the college life and like the dresses students wear the brands of mobiles make a statement of their personality.

Instead of making life easy for them, mobiles are now seen as instruments spoiling college going students. There is an argument that the constant ringing of the phone on the campus and the continuous SMSes exchanged sitting in the classroom are affecting their academics.

Are cell phones a necessary evil or a distraction while at college? Send your response in not more than 200 words. Email your thoughts to collegian@thehindu.co.in and don’t forget to attach a picture (taken in a digital camera) of yourself.

The best responses will be published in these columns.