Fests, clubs await freshers

After DU, it’s now the turn of Jamia Millia, Ambedkar and IP universities, to welcome the newcomers

education Updated: Aug 03, 2011 11:10 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

July 21 marked the beginning of the hustle and bustle in the vibrant corridors of the Delhi University campus. Now, it’s the turn of other Delhi-based universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) and Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) to witness a similar spectacle as new sessions commence here.

While some freshers at JMI have already started having their share of fun, entrants at GGSIPU and AUD are also looking forward to a fun and busy campus life. “I’m delighted to be part of Jamia. The university has very experienced faculty, a huge campus and, most importantly, a cultural connect that is so unique. I’m so looking forward to college life and have already started enjoying myself,” says Prakriti Marwaha, who has joined the bachelors programme in computer engineering at the university.

She is also keen on participating in many extra-curricular activities. “The best thing about Jamia is the clubs, societies and fests, which give students scores of opportunities to hone their communication, leadership and teamwork skills. I want to participate in fests such as Encomium, which is a techno-cultural fest organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers at the university, and ‘Algorythm’, which is conducted by the Computer Society of India. Students from various colleges and universities across the country take part in these events and these are great platforms to boost one’s potential. We have also started checking out the various hangouts and getaways in and around our campus,” she says.

Students at JMI have traditionally had many opportunities in the form of cultural committees, film and book clubs, adventure club, dramatics society, literary society, and social service society, among others.

“Besides these, the outreach programmes at Jamia Millia Islamia work with the double mandate of reaching out to the community, both within the university and outside it. For instance, an outreach programme called the World of Scholarships and Awards, held in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Services earlier this year, was aimed at disseminating information about the various scholarships and awards that students can win. Jamia also has the National Service Scheme to orient students for community service. Overall, students can look forward to an action-packed academic year,” says Simi Malhotra, media coordinator and faculty member, JMI.

Freshers at JMI also need to be cautious about certain things, according to senior students. “The university has made its attendance norms tougher. From now on, we require a minimum of 80% attendance in the respective semester or year to be eligible to appear for exams. So, we all need to be regular and cut down on bunking classes,” advises Sofia Parveen Ahmad, a student of MA in mass communication at the varsity. Classes have started for 231 regular courses at the undergraduate level at the university.

Newcomers at AUD are also excited. “The feeling of entering college has not yet sunk in. Being a new university, AUD holds a lot of promise for students, such as giving individual attention to students due to a smaller class size. I’m planning to do a dual major in psychology and sociology, which I would not have got in any other university. This will broaden my horizons. Also, our classes will now be held at the new and bigger campus at Kashmere Gate,” says Harshwardhan Saini, a first-year student of BA sociology (hons).

The new campus will have better infrastructure, such as a bigger auditorium, classrooms and a library. “Classes for programmes such as BA in history, economics, Maths and psychology will be conducted there. This year, there will be greater focus on extra-curricular activities, festivals and events. Audacity, the university’s annual festival, is also going to be conducted on a larger scale. The calendar of activities will focus on deadlines. On the academic front, the year will be more rigorous with a continuous evaluation system in place. Students will have a more meaningful and lively college year ahead,” says Salil Mishra, professor at the School of Liberal Studies, AUD.

Another university that is welcoming the new crop of students is GGSIPU.
“I’m going to pursue a professional course, which is very intense and involves rigorous and regular studies. I don’t miss being at DU because I’m getting to study a conventional yet professional course at GGSIPU. It’s a big transition from school to college but I will try to make the most of my college days and enjoy them to the fullest. I’m also awaiting the freshers’ party. After all, these days will never come again,” says Prince Rana, who will pursue BALLB (hons) at the university.

First Published: Aug 02, 2011 11:40 IST