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DU gets ready to welcome freshers

The campus will turn into a party zone, with students and colleges lining up a series of orientation programmes, informs Anuradha Mukherjee.
Hindustan Times | By Anuradha Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2007 02:12 PM IST

It is the first day of college for the thousands of students joining Delhi University and the institutions are all trying to make the experience worth remembering.

Right from foreign languages, to add-on courses in environment sciences and mass media, to pottery classes and weaving lessons – first year students are truly spoiled for choice. Added to this are the cultural events and parties welcoming freshers that all colleges are planning. Miranda House, celebrating its 60th year, has a host of activities lined up for students.

Tips for students on ragging
Ragging has been declared a cognisable offence by the Supreme Court; it can invite a jail term.
Remember, it is not anyone’s right to rag you.
Remain firm if you feel you are being bullied.
Report to college on the first day, get contact details of your teachers.
Get information about the anti-ragging squad, all colleges are supposed to have one.
Stay in a group, and to be cautious, stay away from areas like canteens, auditoriums and gymnasiums if alone.
Be friendly, but know when to say no to something you are uncomfortable with.
Report any
incident of unwelcome attention to your teachers, seniors on the anti-ragging committee
You can also call these numbers –
North Campus: 27667221 and South Campus: 24119832
“This will be the 60th batch, so they are special. A completely refurbished campus will welcome them. We are starting with a dinner for the hostellers tonight. This will be followed by a formal orientation on Monday morning, in which we will provide information about the college, courses, our financial assistance programme and co-curricular activities,” said Principal Pratibha Jolly.

The college has set up a special pottery studio for students who want to pick up creative skills. “We are also getting a loom. Our Elementary Education department wanted to incorporate weaving as one of the skills students are taught. Soon after the orientation, we will start our annual freshers’ talent search,” added Jolly.

The college will also celebrate its diamond jubilee year with national and international events. In September the college will host its seminar-debate, Manzar, in which students from SAARC countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will participate. St. Stephen’s College conducted its rounds of interaction with students and parents over the weekend.

The college invited its resident students and their parents for tea on Saturday and the principal addressed the students in a special assembly held on Sunday, which was followed by lunch. Almost all colleges have stepped up anti-ragging measures, especially in the light of the Supreme Court directives.

Anti-ragging committees comprising faculty members, staff and seniors students are ready to keep a close eye on any activity that has been declared banned. So while Miranda House is hoping to increase awareness with a cartoon campaign-cum-contest, Hindu College seniors have volunteered to set up helpdesks to assist juniors, while Ramjas has set up six toll-free helpline numbers that will be handled by the Principal and other top college officials.

“We have asked all first year students to report on July 16 and 17; attendance is mandatory for them. This will give them a chance to know each other and also their teachers. We are also inviting parents of first year students to attend the orientation so they know the rules about attendance and assignments and also our stance on ragging,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal Ramjas College.

The university has also set up a joint control room for monitoring the situation. Students can call up the control rooms for help in any kind of crisis – whether ragging at the college, hostel, or harassment by an outsider. Indraprastha College and Lady Shri Ram (LSR) also conducted their orientation programmes over the weekend. “We held a tree plantation ceremony on our orientation day.

This is a tradition at LSR. Our society orientations will start soon. Students are also going to be told about our anti-female foeticide initiative — Halla — since college is also a time to acquaint ourselves with social issues,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media co-ordinator at LSR. At Hindu and Indraprastha, however, classes start from the word go. “Since our orientation programme is over, we start full-fledged classes from Monday. Senior students are organising a freshers’ welcome programme on Wednesday. New students are especially excited about the college swimming pool, as we are one of the two colleges that have one,” said Manasvini Yogi, media co-ordinator at Indraprastha College.
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