The Tigers of Manipal2 min read
Manipal: Manipal University’s (MU) first ever ‘Quick Response Team’(QRT) called the ‘Manipal Tigers’ was inaugurated on August 14 by Dr. Ranjan Pai, Managing Director and CEO, Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) , along with the pro-chancellor HS Ballal and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Prabhudeva Mane.
The QRT members are chosen from amongst 500 contingents of the security forces under the Manipal University who are specially trained for two months. A squad of 70 members nicknamed the ‘Manipal Tigers’ were selected out of these trained contingents and they specialize in handling difficult situations on the campus and provide support to the students at any point of time in case of accidents and emergencies.
The idea to have such a force was proposed by Dr. Ranjan, who felt the need for a force that could control any untoward incident in the campus premises immediately. The team was formed under the guidance of the recently appointed Chief Operating officer for Campus Safety (MU) and retired Deputy Superintend of Police Dr. Prabhudeva Mane. “For the safety of the students, faculty and property, a commando force called as ‘Manipal Tigers’ was initiated, every member of this team will get specialized training. I will even try to get them short training stints in the police department.
The Manipal Tigers will be trained to handle difficult situations on the campus and will also instill confidence among the students and staff of the University,” said Dr. Prabhudeva Mane. The emergencies during gathering of students in the evenings and during weekends were mainly taken into consideration during the initiation of the Manipal Tigers. The squads are now covering almost all areas that come under the Manipal University’, he added.
With the total number of students within the MU increasing every year, the main concern for this force would be to look after the students within the campus 24X7. Draped in blue, these tigers are located at various locations of MU and the toll-free numbers for the nearest QRT will be provided along with the location details in the latest student’s handbook.
Edited by Antara Krishnamurthy