New vice-chancellor H Maheshappa’s idea to ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution: Two lakh Visvesvaraya Technological University students should ditch two-wheelers, cars and use buses.

Should a university banish a boy’s ultimate status symbol and a girl’s most efficient  and bottom-pinching-proof mode of transport from its campuses?

The Visvesvaraya Technological University is planning to ban bikes and all other forms of private transport at all it campuses. The students, predictably, are up in wheelies.
H Maheshappa, who recently took over as VTU vice-chancellor, in an exclusive interview to Bangalore Mirror on Tuesday said he will convene a meeting of all VTU-affiliated college principals to get the proposal ratified.

His logic — this will cut congestion on roads and control runaway pollution. Girls, obviously, are not on his mind nor, of course, are the touchy-feely perverts found aplenty on BMTC buses. “Why should students bring either two-wheelers or cars to campuses? I don’t think it is a good idea.”

VTU is the governing varsity for 174 engineering colleges in the state with close to 200,000 students.

Maheshappa believes “showing off” is the only reason why students ride bikes to colleges. “There are examples where students have altered silencers of their bikes to get noticed,” he said.

While students do not deny bikes add to their profile, they point out that the VC is ignoring another small matter of getting to college on time, with one’s dignity intact.
Srikanth, a fourth semester student of Instrumentation and Technology said, “I am okay with the move only if lecturers and the vice-chancellor themselves travel by bus. Let them practise what they preach.”

Another student, Chandan G, said: “I drive to the college every day. If I’ve to take a BMTC bus, I’ll end up changing four buses and will be dead tired by the time I step into class.”

The vice-chancellor said he will ensure every college has enough buses and the colleges are served well by BMTC. “The students can save a lot of money if they travel by mass transport. Also, this will encourage students to spend more time in classes,” he added.

The VC’s idea has found resonance with some college principals. Reva Engineering College principal Dr Rana Pratap

Reddy said, “We will support such a move. Buses are safer than personal vehicles.”
He, however, has a word of caution. “Before we take a decision, we need to do our homework. Our college buses are grossly insufficient to serve such a large number of students. The university should hold talks with BMTC to increase the number of buses on routes students take,” he said.



Undergraduate students of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), mainly from the computer science and information science branches, will have a new syllabus from this academic year.The VTU, in association with Intel Corporation, has prepared a multi-core curriculum which the varsity officials said was aimed at integrating parallel programming at the undergraduate level to nurture future software developers.
The new syllabus will come into effect from the current academic year, classes for which commence on September 6.

The VTU plans to revise curriculum for undergraduate courses once in every four years and once in every three years for MCA courses. M Tech courses will be revised once in two years. “The main objective is to have a useful and innovative institute-industry linkage,” said H Maheshappa, vice-chancellor, VTU.

The students of all the branches would study the fundamentals of computers and C programming during their first year, said K Rajanikanth, chairman board of studies, VTU. MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology has trained the faculty members on the revised curriculum. Meanwhile, Intel has assured to provide support for the colleges who want to setup laboratories