After the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) in Bhopal put a ban on vehicles, the university decided to provide a bus for the students which would cover 650 acres of area inside the campus.
The college banned students from driving bikes and cars inside the campus from this academic session to stop growing incidents of road accidents.
The first and second year students stopped using their vehicles but senior students raised objections as most of them are preparing for competitive examinations and have joined coaching institutes. The students said dependency on public transport will waste their time.
To provide better facilities with proper security and safety, MANIT administration is going to hire buses which will run inside as well as outside the campus.
MANIT, dean student welfare, Yogendra Kumar, said, “We have convinced third and fourth year students to send their vehicles back to their houses or sell them. To provide them better facilities without creating any problems, buses are being hired for them. In the future, we would purchase the buses.”
“The buses will run after clearing of pollution check. The speed of buses will also be limited on the campus,” said Kumar.
The buses will be made available to local students for pick and drop services.
From this year, students seeking admission to MANIT will have to submit an affidavit on a non-judiciary stamp paper of Rs 100, declaring they will not use any motor vehicles at the institute.
However, students feel that bus services will not be a solution to their problems. “Many times we come to know only 10-15 minutes before that a company has come for placements. We have to rush to the administrative building. The bus will not move so quickly on the campus,” said Aakash Jaiswal, a student.