MU launches Emergency Dispatch Riders1 min read
Manipal: Campus safety plays a pivotal role in management of educational institutes across the country. Manipal University (MU) launched ‘Emergency Dispatch Riders’ on motorbikes on October 3 to provide instantaneous help in emergency situations.
Although, a quick reaction team, ‘The Manipal Tigers’ is already operative from June, the recent service has been implemented for being cost and time efficient. On being asked about the need to implement this safety measure, Dr Prabhudev B Mane, Chief Operating Officer Campus Safety, MU, commented, “It calls for a speedy service to the remotest places in and around the university where four wheelers cannot enter”. He continued by saying, “Congestion and traffic also halts smooth operation of emergency services at times of crisis. Hence, emergency riders on bikes will be the most viable option.”
One of the vehicles will be used in Kasturba Medical College (KMC) and the associated health science departments, Welcome Group School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), Marena Sports Complex and the other in Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and its sub departments. This service aims at catering to more than 10,000 students, staff and faculty members of the university. The riders are trained commandos/supervisors and the vehicles are equipped with first aid kits and are easily recognisable with easy registration numbers (KA 20 EK 1100 and KA 20 EK 1110).
“There have been numerous incidents of spotting snakes, tussles between students, medical emergencies where timely response was delayed. The dispatch riders will be immediately attending the spot to effectively handle the situation,” further added Dr Mane.
“The response so far has been very favourable and people are entrusting upon the service,” said Alex Chandy, Director Public Relation and Media Communication, MU.
The contact number for the one on the health sciences side is: 9945670912 and for assistance in the MIT campus side: 9632101004.
Edited by Gargi Kerkar