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Volunteers chose path less travelled

india Updated: Jun 18, 2012 00:00 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
Hindustan Times
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They could well have been vacationing like most of their fellow students. Instead, Delhi University student volunteers chose to help out confused aspirants, patiently answering their admission-related queries and guiding them through the filling out of forms.

The six volunteers, the faces of the office of the dean of students' welfare, were given a 10-day training where they had been told about the admission process, given the answers to frequently asked questions and explained the history and rules of the university.

It is these students who then went ahead and gave presentations on Open Days and counselled students and their parents. "I had faced several problems at the time of my admission and did not want others to have the same experience. Besides, the kind of exposure and experience I got during this internship is valuable," said Charchika Khanna, a volunteer who is a student of math at Zakir Husain Delhi College. She is volunteering for the first time.

There are others, however, who have been volunteering during admissions for the past three years.

Md Bilal, who started out when he was a student of psychology in DU and is still at it after three years, is happy that the internship has helped him with his confidence levels.

"I have had a brilliant experience working with the team. We all work as a family and it has been a lot of fun. I know so much about DU as well as other universities because of this experience and my confidence has soared," said Bilal, who is now a student at the varsity's faculty of law.

The trainers who gear these students up for the sessions also see the programme as a way for the volunteers to grow. "When these students came to us, they were completely raw. The first thing we did was give them training in public speaking. The transformation was seen at the end of the training when their body language changed," said Suchitra Gupta, deputy dean of cultural affairs.