As the new session begins today in Delhi University, there are many things that freshers are looking forward to. But besides orientation, first day interaction with seniors and an introduction with professors, there are a few colleges on campus that are famous for celebrating certain rituals.
Many colleges have been carrying out these rituals religiously every year.
Lady Shri Ram College, on the first day, has a tree plantation ceremony, which has been going on for over 20 years. The students are expected to plant one sapling each after their orientation.
"It's our way of expressing that like these saplings, all the students will be nurtured here to face the world once they pass. They will also be conscious about their environment through this ritual," says Kanika Khandelwal, professor, LSR.
"The student orientation and tree plantation in the back lawns introduced us to the culture of the college and made us feel as a part of it from day one," says Ashita Tayal, an ex student.
Shri Ram College of Commerce in North Campus too has a regular feature where they serve lunch for parents and the freshers.
"I think it is a very nice gesture by the college authorities to introduce something like this. I remember that during my orientation, it was not just the students but the parents too who interacted and had a good time," says Saatvika, a third year Economics Honours student.
Another one to join the league is Hansraj College. They are planning to conduct a Havan to ensure that the new session starts on an auspicious note. Then there is another interesting event carried out at Gargi College.
The eco club, which generally introduces themselves in the orientation, takes out socially-oriented drives that help students to work for a cause and also interact with each other.
"Last year, we did a cleanliness drive, and this year, we are planning a session on water harvesting," says Savlin Kaur, convener, eco club, Gargi College.