These scooters may look ‘vintage’, but they are a boon for those pursuing various academic courses at Nadwa.
The students here have restored the old Vespas, Lambrettas, Priyas and Chetaks – bought from their seniors at throwaway prices – to running condition and use the two-wheelers for their commute.
Farid Zulkarnain, who has come all the way from Malaysia to pursue Alimiyat – a five-year degree course at Nadwa, has a craze for scooters. He, along with his friends Mohsin from Thailand, Mohammaed Zafni of Brunei, Mohammed Umar of Thailand have decided to continue their passion of driving scooters along with studies.
All these scooters are parked in front of Nadwa gate. Every day, Farid and his friends go to nearby areas for a ride on these vehicles.
These scooters may not actually fall in vintage category but some of them are around 50 years old. “We are pursuing a five-year course. Foreign students come here and face transport problems, so getting these scooters here is not less than a boon for us. There is an unsaid rule that these scooters will not be sold to anyone outside Nadwa.”
“Scooters are too expensive in our countries as the government taxes these items heavily to discourage their sales. So, whenever students from our country come to India, they try to fulfill their dream of owning one and driving them. I have purchased a scooter from one of my seniors,” said Farid.
“Life has never been better for me. I am studying and also following my passion for scooters,” he added.
“We have restored around 30 scooters. We have also customised these vehicles according to our needs in our workshop in Khadra,” he said.
These students have also established a club comprising students who love riding scooters. The students have been on journeys to Aligarh Muslim University, Barabanki and Allahabad on these scooters.
“People think that we only study and don’t follow our passion. We are like any other youth. Some of us want to become teachers, some of us want to study further and do PhD while some want to establish business and lead a normal life,” said Mohsin and Mohammed Zafni, students at Nadwa.