• At MS University imported cars lie idle
     August 30th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    MS UniversityBeing gifted an imported car would bring spring in the feet of most. But not at M S University that has been gifted two left hand drive cars by Hyundai  . The i10 models were gifted by the car maker to the university so that engineering students of the university could work on them and gain hands on experience of the technology used in the modern cars.Two years after the South Korean car maker gifted the compact car models to MSU, the cars are lying idle – one in the lobby of thePolytechnic College and another in a laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE).

    Forget about gaining practical exposure, diploma engineering students at Polytechnic College aren’t even aware that the car gathering dust at the college premises is meant for them. And there are strange explanations for not putting the cars to use.

    If Polytechnic College principal D N Panchal claims that the college is facing space crunch – the reason for car not being parked inside any laboratory, at FTE the officials are waiting for a user manual.

    The car maker, which had handed over the keys to former vice-chancellor of MSU professor Ramesh Goyal, had intended that the cars will be dismantled to demonstrate its functioning to the students.

    “We are not only facing space crunch, but the modern technology is not part of the syllabus. We cannot change our syllabus overnight,” Panchal told TOI on Wednesday.

    At FTE, the car was received to provide exposure to students at the heat engine laboratory of the mechanical engineering department.

    “Although the car maker had handed over the car keys, there is no manual or documents. We need some kind of manual which can be used to dismantle the car and demonstrate it before the students,” head of the mechanical engineering department G D Karhadkar said.

    Karhadkar even claimed that every time the car is moved out of the faculty premises, he has to write a letter to the police as the car does not have a RTO passing and left hand drive isn’t permitted.

    “We are however trying to work out an arrangement with Polytechnic College whereby one car can be dismantled and displayed for students to understand the mechanism,” he said.