Manipal: August 15, 2015: The "Quick Reaction Team", formed to give the security cover on the campus in Manipal University more teeth was formally launched by Dr Ranjan Pai, MD, CEO of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), Bengaluru here on Friday. He inspected the guard of honour and watched them march and perform unarmed combat and "lathi" drill.
Nicknamed "Manipal Tigers", the 70 strong force, including 10 women, will pan out all over the campus to provide additional protection. All of them have been drawn from the existing pool of security guards. "The Manipal Tigers will be trained to handle difficult situations on the campus and will also instill confidence among the students and staff of the University," said Dr Prabhudeva Mane, Chief Operating Officer Campus Safety.
The idea to have such a force was mooted by Dr Ranjan, who felt the need for a quick reaction team on the campus. A team that could control any untoward incident on the campus immediately. "Every member of the team will get specialized training. I will even try to get them short training stints in the police department," Dr Mane said. Dr HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor said he was happy that such a force was formed and hoped to see better security.