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DU admissions: Student volunteers help freshers on campus, share their experiences

While Delhi University aspirants brave the heat and humidity during the admission season, the student volunteers try to help the fuchchas beat the chaos. Some even skip going home to help freshers.

education Updated: Jul 03, 2017 11:08 IST
Ruchika Garg
Volunteers at help desks, set-up in various colleges for DU aspirants, share their reasons for helping the freshers.
Volunteers at help desks, set-up in various colleges for DU aspirants, share their reasons for helping the freshers. (Manoj Verma/ HT Photo)

Aspiring to get into Delhi University (DU) with the second cut-off? As you rush to campuses to get hold of that coveted seat, the student volunteers are bunking going home just to be able to help you make your way though the chaos.

These student volunteers are stationed at the help desks in various colleges, set-up by either student political parties or college authorities. And these volunteers have their reasons to go the extra mile for the sake of DU aspirants. For some it’s an opportunity to interact with the fuchchas whereas for others, it’s the best way to spend time during vacations. The experience leaves some volunteers emotional, too.

“We have set up help desks in some colleges of North Campus and South Campus. Our volunteers help freshers, who are unaware of the locations of different colleges, and even assist them in choosing the right course. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to interact with them and tell them that we are always there to help,” says Shauryaveer Singh, a student at the Campus Law Centre in North Campus, who is associated with the National Students Union of India (NSUI).

There’s also an empathy factor, which leads the seniors help the newbies. “As a fresher, youngsters face a lot of difficulties. I know this because I’ve gone through the same process. During my time, my seniors helped me through the entire admission process. I don’t think I’m doing something great. It’s my responsibility,” says Aman Yadav, a final year student of Hindu College.

I’ve seen students crying during their admission process. Sometimes, they don’t even have their original mark sheets because most of the state boards release their certificates later than CBSE and coming from far-flung areas of India, these students cannot stay long in the city. — Mayank Aggarwal, student

Mayank Aggarwal, a final year student of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College has been effected so much by his volunteering experience in the past that he made it a point to be a volunteer this year too: “I’ve seen students crying during their admission process. Sometimes, they don’t even have their original mark sheets because most of the state boards release their certificates later than CBSE and coming from far-flung areas of India, these students cannot stay long in the city. Once a student from Kerala, who scored a perfect 100% in Economics, was brought to the Principal’s office only to make him understand that he should get his original mark sheets in order to get admission. Communication at times becomes an issue.”

And then there are some who get fed up with the mundane life at home. “I am here to pass the time. I can’t spend my whole day lying on the bed for the entire summer break. Therefore, I thought of indulging in some good work. Initially, it was just for fun but now I believe that every student should be a part of this activity. There are many outstation students who have no clue about the campus and its rules and regulations. They need our guidance,” says Kartik Shrivastav (name changed on request) from Hans Raj College.

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