Panjab Agricultural University bars 4-wheelers on campus
Taking a cue from Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has decided to ban students from bring four-wheelers on campus. The move comes in the wake of increasing number of accident due to speeding.
A notice was circulated in all departments stating that no student will be allowed to bring four-wheelers from the upcoming semester, which will start in a week’s time.
“It is understood that a special undertaking was sought from the students at the time of counselling for not using four-wheelers on university campus. The V-C has noted that the same has not been implemented,” the notice sent to all deans of colleges stated.
PAU registrar RS Sidhu has asked the deans to inform the students about the new norms regarding vehicles .
Sidhu told HT that the decision to bar students from bringing four-wheelers comes in the wake of some severe accidents that took place on the campus due to speeding vehicles. “Some universities do not even allow two-wheelers on their campus,” said Sidhu.
“Beside congestion, we have also noticed some unauthorised entries in the name of students, which could result in unlawful activities on the campus,” said Sidhu.
FIGHTING THE CONGESTION
Congestion inside the varsity has increased during the past few months as a large number of students bring four-wheelers on the campus. There have been instances when teachers were not able to park their vehicles at the parking lots of departments as the space was occupied by students’ vehicles.
Harpreet Kaur, a student at the varsity, said that some students bring four-wheelers on the campus only to “show off”. “The decision is welcome as it will provide much-needed discipline on the campus. Students disrupt the peaceful atmosphere by playing loud music in their cars and they even drive beyond permissible speed limit,” said Kaur.
However, another student, requesting anonymity, questioned why the orders were only for students and not for teachers of the varsity. “Don’t the vehicles of teachers cause congestion on campus?” the student asked.