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Student leaders turn guide for freshers

delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2008 16:14 IST
Srishti Jha
Srishti Jha
Hindustan Times
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With DU admission process set to roll on June 2, the student unions are hoping to grab the attention of thousands of aspiring students who are their 'prospective voters' too.

They have started putting up banners and hoardings at strategic locations, distributing pamphlets and maps of the university area, running bus services, putting up helpline numbers at all major bus points, railway stations, etc. 'With You, for you' is the line of attack of the student unions.

"There are out-station students who are are completely unaware of the campus area and the complicated admission procedure. As student leaders it's our duty to resolve their queries and make the admission process hassle free for them. The hoardings, banners, pamphlets and the helpline numbers will simplify the admission process for them," says Amrita Bahri, president, DUSU.

When asked about, if it was a way of connecting with their future voters she denied, saying that they are truly concerned for the approaching students and several other measures are in the pipeline, which includes a free feeder bus service for students and parents, setting up information kiosks offering career-counseling sessions.

"We don't have any intentions as such, we are giving what we got in our times. We were also provided with a lot of guidance in our times during admission. We have set up various registration desks for different categories of students, water coolers are placed at every alternate desk and our counselling desks are actively dealing with the students and guardians. To serve the students is our ultimate purpose." says Tarun Kumar, vice-president, NSUI.

A 15-day English speaking and personality development course, free of cost, is also offered to the students. "This will basically help students hone their skills. It helps build confidence and social interaction as well." Says Amita, a helpdesk volunteer.

"When I came to DU six years back there were hardly as many facilities as there are today. These moves have definitely eased the hassle of running around for admission to a great extent." Says Natali, a passout who was there for her cousin's admission.

Though the DU authorities made this very clear last year that the student unions won't be allowed to use the admission process for their political interests and vote gathering maneuver.This year also DU proctor's office has taken strict steps to ban information booths and sponsored tents in the campus.