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DU set for a date with freshers

delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2010 00:38 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Anxiety, nervousness and excitement is all that the students will be experiencing when they step out to college on Wednesday, the first day of the Delhi University’s new academic session.

Though most of the colleges have already held their orientation sessions, Wednesday will see students getting familiar with their time tables, teachers and, most importantly, their seniors.

“I am very excited about the first day of college. I just hope that there isn’t much ragging,” said 18-year-old Shreestha Chauhan, who has taken admission in Kirori Mal College.

As many as 54,000 students will be enrolling in several colleges of the university. The varsity, the colleges and the police have already announced strict anti-ragging measures.

“Though ragging is a crime now, I feel that freshers should at least get a chance to interact with seniors,” said Karan Dayal, an entrant at Ramjas College.

Colleges have formed anti-ragging teams that will tour the campus during the first few days to check the menace.

“Students and parents who attended the orientation session on Tuesday were informed about the anti-ragging measures and the people they should approach in case of ragging,” said V.K. Srivastava, Principal, Hindu College.

Anti-ragging measures are in place in other colleges as well. “We have distributed handbooks containing all the information about the college and people to contact in case they are harassed,” said P.C. Jain, Principal, SRCC. Colleges have been asked to restrict the entry of outsiders in the hostel.