Fuchcha parade began on Monday with cultural events, luncheons and a dose of academic orientation amid heavy police presence keeping an eye on potential troublemakers. Ramjas College welcomed students enrolled in BA, BCom and BSc programme with a cultural extravaganza.
“College is fun. We are looking forward to enjoying ourselves to the hilt,” said Pooja Gupta, a student. Students enrolled in the Honours courses had their academic-orientation session. “We gave out their syllabus and the time-table, along with booklets on university rules and anti-ragging norms,” said Rajendra Prasad, Ramjas Principal.
The first day at the university, however, was marred by power cuts as students waited for power to be restored to restart their cultural programmes. “The college band had to wait for power supply to be restored in order to perform. We were also invited for lunch,” said Jeevika Bhatt, a student. Hindu College, however, bore a deserted look as classes were suspended after a low-key orientation session.
“We distributed the syllabus and time-table today as we did not want to waste another day of teaching tomorrow. Our freshers’ welcome has been postponed because of the death of our college chairman, Bharat Ram,” said Kavita Sharma, Principal, Hindu College.
At colleges like Shri Ram and Indraprastha, classes started from the word go. Students at Miranda House also participated in the orientation session and the inauguration of the new facilities at college. South Campus, too, resembled a fortress with police personnel posted all over the place.
Some like Motilal Nehru College had also called for Special Force. Hardly any untoward activity was reported. The South Campus stretch from Sri Venkateswara to Motilal Nehru was abuzz with life and energy. The scene at Kamala Nehru and Gargi College was similar.
While there was abound enthusiasm on one hand, some amount of nervousness surfaced, as some freshers feared being ragged by the seniors. Students looked a little disoriented in Motilal Nehru because of the dilly-dallying on the part of college authorities.
“I was so excited before coming to college but we have been waiting since 8.30 a.m. but nothing is happening,” said an annoyed Minty Vij, who was accompanied by her mother. Kamala Nehru and Gargi also held orientations and interactive sessions. Gargi College Principal Meera Ramachandran said: “We showed a 10-minute film made by our II- and III-year students to the freshers. Deputy Commissioners of Police, South, also addressed the students and told them about the safety precautions. The Women's Development Centre has also brought out a special directory for outstation candidates, which also has a map to guide them.”