MU introduces patrol bicycles during Republic Day celebrations
Manipal: Manipal University’s (MU) 64th Republic Day celebration, hosted by Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) at KMC Greens, took the opportunity to introduce the new inner campus bicycle patrol by allowing them to join the contingency of the march past procession.
The bicycles will patrol around the campus in pairs and are equipped with a first aid kit in the back, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a flashing red beacon to make aware of their presence. According to Dr. B. Rajashekar, the Dean and Professor of Manipal College of Allied Health Science (MCOAHS), “The bicycles are a good concept as they provide easy mobility, are quick and are the cheapest and cleanest mode of transport but its main purpose is to provide a service and help people in distress and can be seen as a safety precaution.”
When asked if the patrolling of bikes around the campus would be seen as an infringement of privacy by the students, Dr. Rajashekar replied, “There is a limit to privacy and student should know not to exceed this limit. Security is first and foremost, especially since we have students from 55 different countries and Manipal is like a global town.”
Nevil Raju, a second year student doing his M.Sc. from Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) didn’t think much of this new facility. “I don’t know of what use or how effective this will be, but we must encourage new things. As for security, it is something that should always be around us,” he said.
This year’s march past had 19 contingents. Awards were also presented for the best contingency; third prize was grabbed by MCON, second went to Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) and the first prize was won by Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
Following the march past, performances regarding the diversity of cultures in India were held.
Nora Holz, a German exchange student from Manipal Institute of Communications (MIC) attended her first ever Indian Republic Day celebration. “First of all it was amazing and colourful and it also showed how proud Indians are of their country which is not seen in mine, which is inspiring. I came to see my people (from MIC) take part in parade.” When asked what stood out for her during the celebrations she said, “The flag hoisting and the national anthem gave me goosebumps. MIC should win the contingency award someday.”
Dr. Rajashekar who has been attending MU’s Republic Day celebrations for 20 years now claims this is the largest number of contingents and participants he had seen and said, “This year it was of a high calibre cultural program that captured the real essence of patriotism.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman