Manipal, Karnataka, Oct 11 (UNI) In an effort to reduce pollution and curtail rash driving on the college campus, the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) has made it mandatory for the first year degree students to use bicycles which will be provided free of cost to them.
Institute Joint Director Dr P K A Muniswaran, incharge of discipline and student affairs, said rash driving by students on the college campus was leading to major accidents and at least two cases were reported every year.
To bring down the accident rate and maintain pollution-free environment at least inside the campus, the management had also banned the use of motorcycle and four wheelers by first year students. Senior students have been allowed to use their vehicles outside the demarked area. However, they have been prohibited from bringing it inside the college campus.
Mr Muniswaran told UNI here today that the Institute would buy 1,500 cycles from Hercules Cycles at the cost of Rs 30 lakh, to distribute to the first year students residing in college hostels.
After completion of studies, they were free to take the bicycles home, he added.
Claiming that this was a first of its kind initiative in the country, he said that in the next four years, the entire student community would have to use only bicycles, with a total ban on two-wheelers and four-wheelers.
Mr Muniswaran said day scholars using two or four wheelers should take prior permission from the management and use college stickers on their vehicles to enter the college premises.
He said the management had also strictly banned the use of mobile phones inside the classrooms. Strict vigil was maintained and a first time offender would be fined Rs 500. If the offence was repeated, the mobile would be seized and the parent of the student had to approach the management personally for recovering the set, he added.