MANIT’s campaign banning vehicles in campus in vain

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Mar 2017 11:14:27

Staff Reporter,

Although Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) threatened students that it would charge heavy penalty from March 14 if motorised vehicles of hostellers are found in the campus, but all seems to be in vain.
There were no security guards assigned to check the motorised vehicle or charge penalty on Tuesday. Ambitious plan of MANIT to make campus bike-free seems to be far away. The institute has made four repeated attempts since year 2013 but all have failed.

Last year, the institute left no stone unturned to disallow hostellers from bringing motorised vehicle in the institute campus. Even day scholars were asked to park their vehicles outside of campus. The institute had made three attempts to ban bike and other motorised vehicle in campus. Earlier, in year 2013, then director Appukuttan KK planned to distribute bicycle to students for launching motorised vehicle-free campus campaign. However, the plan totally failed and institute did not bring bicycle for students. Several incidents are continuously being reported from MANIT campus in which students became victim of road accidents. Even in some cases, students died of accident.

“We have asked hostellers to keep their vehicle out of campus by March 15. If they fail to follow the order, their vehicle will be handed over to the police. We are seeking affidavit from students supporting the same,” said N Patidar, council of warden MANIT. However, there is nothing new in this circular. In year 2016, MANIT strictly banned motorised vehicle of students and disallowed the same from November 1, 2016. However, just after few days, students started parking their vehicle inside campus. Later, only first year students were disallowed to keep vehicle. The recent death case of Abhay Anand after drowning in pond, attracted concern of officials.

MANIT authorities immediately called meeting with director, HoDs, dean academics and warden where it was decided to disallow students from keeping vehicle in campus.