Despite the continued efforts of the administration, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) could not be made a vehicle-free zone. The institute has failed for the third time to execute this plan.
After several incidents claimed the life of students, the management of MANIT decided to make the campus vehicle-free. In order to do so, it was decided that hostellers will not be permitted to keep vehicles. However, the rule has only been applied to first-year students.
NLIU has successfully implemented this rule and barred hostellers from keeping vehicles with them.
Bharat Gundala, President of Student’s council said that first and second-year students have started complying. He is hopeful that the third and final year students will follow suite. Also, from 2016, students taking admission have been asked to submit an undertaking that they will not keep vehicles in the hostels.
The absence of an appointed director is also being stated as the reason behind the failure of the plans. The director in-charge of MANIT is NS Chaudhary.
The road accidents that took the lives of students had upset the Chairman of MANIT, Geetha Bali. In a meeting with all the departmental heads, the decision to ban vehicles on campus was taken. Two-wheelers and four-wheelers were supposed to be banned from the campus except for teachers who are living on the campus.
Earlier in 2014, Appu Kuttan, the director of the institute at that time had decided to forbid students staying in hostels from keeping the personal vehicle. He meant to introduce this rule from January 1, 2014, but the rule never came into effect as students had started protesting against it.
As many as 4,000 students are studying in various engineering streams of the institute out of which around 60% students own motorbikes on the campus.