First day was all fun, no fear for the freshmen at Delhi University. The colleges threw open their gates at 8 am, though
students were seen trickling in till much later. Some got busy with the orientation sessions, and others exchanged introductions with the seniors.
Fuchchas seemed confident and relaxed, as police patrolling and alert authorities ensured a ragging-free beginning to the new session. Student volunteers stood at the gates to check ID cards and keep out troublemakers.
At Hindu College, HT City found it difficult to distinguish the juniors from the seniors—such was the camaraderie! The second year students of Political Science (Hons) were conducting their own class with the freshers. The ‘assignments’ included singing, dancing and acting.
Nobody was forced to do anything if they were unwilling; in fact, the seniors would shout, “We won’t exploit you! It is a fun interaction. Come, be a sport.” One of the most popular acts on display included the atthani chawanni kharcha rupaiya number.
In some cases, older students led the way to make the newbies comfortable. Laughter was the order of the day, with tasks such as professing love to a senior of the freshman’s choice. “I am so excited to be here,” said Ankita Brara, a first year student of Sociology at Hindu College who couldn’t wait for her turn.