Mulshi Dam tragedy: Students to get message alerts for safe outings

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Taking serious cognisance of the Thursday drowning incident that claimed the lives of three MBA students, Sachin Vernekar, dean, Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED) Bharati Vidyapeeth (deemed to be university), Kothrud, on Friday decided to send alert messages on social media platforms to students. The messaging service will contain various measures that the students must keep in mind before planning an excursion.

Vernekar said, “The college administration is in constant touch with the family members of the deceased students. We have extended all possible assistance to the bereaved families.”

Giving details about the alert messaging service, Vernekar said, “Considering the incident that took place on Thursday, we have now decided to send an alert message to all the students starting Friday. The messages will be sent on WhatsApp, phone message and email. The message will contain precautionary measures and dos and don’ts that the students must take before they plan an excursion. We will also ask the students to avoid going near dams, rivers and unknown water bodies.

“Besides that, for every new batch that joins the institute, we have organised an induction programme for both students and parents. As many students come from different places, they either stay at the college hostel or private residences. I would personally address the programme and inform them about the safety measures and their responsibilities while pursuing their education here. We will also take regular counselling sessions for students.”

Talking about the incident, Vernekar said, “The ten students who had gone to Mulshi dam were not residing at the college hostel. They did not have any restrictions and hotel deadlines. No such excursions are planned by the college and the students had gone on their own. The incident is extremely unfortunate.”

Vernekar said, “When we were informed about the incident on Thursday morning, a team from the college, including senior management officials, rushed to the spot. I was continuously following up with the college administration until all the bodies were recovered and their family members reached Pune.”

The dean said that when the institute officials spoke to the other seven students who were in that group, they said that they have been to Mulshi dam several times in the past and were familiar with the nearby areas.

“The students said that only Shubham Raj Sinha and Shiv Kumar knew how to swim and they rushed to rescue Sangita Negi. However, it was very unfortunate that all three of them drowned,” Vernekar said.

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