IIT-H decision to ban students’ vehicles sparks debate

By Author  |  Published: 24th Sep 2018  12:11 amUpdated: 23rd Sep 2018  10:17 pm
The premier institute has a strength of over 2,000 students.

Sangareddy: The IIT-Hyderabad management’s decision to ban students from using two and four-wheelers inside the campus has sparked a debate. It has been the most talked point on the campus throughout the week. The move has divided the students and faculty virtually.

While most students are opposed to the decision terming it as unilateral, a majority of faculty and other staff are backing the move citing students’ safety. However, some faculty were inclined to the students’ argument, but the juniors are of the view that they would support the move if the management operates buses, cabs round the clock on the campus.

On behalf of the institute, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dr Ganeshan Prabhu Sankar, had communicated the decision on September 18 to ban the vehicles of the students from October 19 through institute’s mail chain. The premier institute has a strength of over 2,000 students besides about 400 faculty members.

Speaking to Telangana Today, a student said an accident occurred on the premises of the campus on September 16 involving the vehicles of a Sangareddy-based local political leader and a student of the institute. The leader reportedly came to campus to meet one of his friends. Though none was injured, the management has taken a decision to ban the vehicles of students a couple of days later. However, the management did not discuss the accident in the communication. The people, who were supporting the move, say many IITs in India were not allowing Students’ vehicles into the campus. But, the students argue that the IITs, which had banned students’ vehicles on campus, had late night cafes and other facilities, which will remain open until 3 am. Since the IIT-H is spread over 565 acres, the students are forced to travel about 2 km to reach their hostel and college from the entrance.

A research scholar said they would often work in the labs until late at night. “Returning to hostel at nights could be a difficult thing if the institute enforces the ban, he said. Another research scholar, who is married and staying outside the campus with his wife and kids, said people like him would have a difficult time if the institute goes ahead with the decision. “We are not only opposing the move but also disappointed as the decision was taken without consulting students, who would actually be affected with the ban, another student on said.

Meanwhile, the management is contemplating organising a meeting with the faculty to debate on the issue before enforcing the ban following the opposition from students. The institute is also making ready a parking place at the entrance of the IIT-H, located adjacent to NH-65 near Kandi in Sangareddy district, to enable the students to park their vehicles. Though the institute is already operating mini-buses from the entrance to college and hostels, they will have to enhance the fleet if they go ahead with the ban.