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Welcome to the campus, IIT-style

Rugved Likhite entered the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) campus in Powai last week expecting a serious welcome. HT reports

mumbai Updated: Jul 29, 2010 00:56 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

Rugved Likhite entered the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) campus in Powai last week expecting a serious welcome.

The orientation, he thought, would be an dull introductory seminar. But the institute’s two week orientation programme that began on Sunday, pleasantly surprised him.

“It was so much fun with videos and interactive sessions and every evening seniors have some fun activities planned for us,” said the 17 year old from Nagpur.

The orientation programme designed by students of IIT B is meant to ease in the fresh batch.

The unique programme began on Sunday with a campus tour that ended beside Powai lake and seniors filling in the newcomers on the best spots to hang out on campus. All orientation sessions last for two hours and begin in the evening after classes.

“Students enter IIT after years of grueling preparation. They are anxious about the course work and how they will adjust on campus,” said Aditya Gandhi, who looks after the joining programme. “The orientation sessions introduces them to all the extracurricular activities and clubs they can join.”

From the annual cultural festival, Mood Indigo, to their technology festival, every activity on campus is showcased for the newcomers and they are encouraged to participate.

“We thought that being in the first year would mean that we would not be allowed to participate in activities, but we were pleasantly surprised to learn that they want us to volunteer,” added Likhite.

For Mood I orientation, the winners of last year’s ballroom dance competition performed for the freshers.

At the entrepreneur cell (E-Cell) orientation, Bhavin Turakhia, founder of Directi, was invited to talk to the 700 freshers that had filled the auditorium on Tuesday evening.

“He told students the story of how he began his career with a Rs 25,000 loan from his father and now his company is worth $300 million operating in 60 countries. Students were very inspired,” said Vishesh Parnekar from the E cell.