| A group of AMCH students ride bicycles to their classes on Thursday. Picture by Pronib Das |
Dibrugarh, March 27: The oldest medical institute in the Northeast has shunned the trendy bike for the humble bicycle.
The Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh banned motorcycles after some rowdy students, who loved to flaunt their fancy motorcycles, triggered unsavoury incidents.
Leading by example is the no-nonsense principal and chief superintendent, T.R. Borborah, who has started pedalling his way to office every morning.
“As the head of the institution, it is my duty to set an example by doing whatever I am asking my students to do. Barring an emergency, I have decided to use the bicycle to move around on the campus,” he said.
Indiscipline by some boarders had reached such a stage that the principal had to confiscate 20 motorcycles and impose a fine on the students for unruly behaviour.
It all began as a step towards ensuring discipline, but the students are now discovering the joys of pedalling. “Initially it felt awkward, but I am now taking pleasure in using the bicycle,” one of the students said.
“It is a very good idea, more cost effective and eco-friendly. And we get our regular exercise by just pedalling,” said another. Such has been the enthusiasm that 20 students from the new boys’ hostel purchased bicycles recently.
However, this simple mode of transport has also raised apprehensions since the discovery of a bicycle bomb in Lower Assam.
“It is something the police will have to look into. But we don’t think militants will try to target an educational institution and a hospital,” an administrative officer of the AMCH said.
For the time being, it is the bicycle which is a common form of transport on the sprawling campus. The sight of smartly dressed students and doctors pedalling along the macadam lanes of AMCH is a pleasant sight indeed.