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MIT Unveils Electric Buggy

In a ceremony attended by dignitaries from the university, MIT unveiled an electric buggy for in-campus transport on Saturday afternoon. The Maini buggy was donated by Sandeep Maini, chairman of the Maini Group and alumni of the 1985-89 Industrial & Production batch of MIT.

“We have a go-green policy. We have to set an example, as MAHE a leading university. The whole purpose is to see to it that we reduce carbon emissions to the maximum extent possible because before we lecture others, we must set an example. This is the first step in MIT, and there will be many more to come,” said Pro Chancellor Dr HS Ballal.

Director Srikanth Rao addresses the gathering

Following the unveiling, Dr Ballal inaugurated the vehicle by driving it for a short distance. Dr Srikanth Rao, the Director of MIT, later commended the Director of Alumni Affiars for his efforts to connect with the Maini group that resulted in the acquirement of the buggy.

“This is a great example of the remarkable foundation MIT offers its students. Even after all these years, and having reached such great heights, they remember their college and are willing to give back to it,” said newly-elected Student Council President Archit Agrawal.

Student Council President Archit Agrawal drives the buggy

The unveiling came a month after MAHE flagged off five Mahindra electric cars to be used for airport pick-ups and drop-offs, and furthers the university’s drive towards a more environment-friendly campus. The Maini buggy, that seats a maximum of six passengers and has a top speed of 11 kmph, will be used mainly to show and transport visitors around the campus.

 

Edit: This article has been updated to correct an error in the name of the Pro-Chancellor