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Ragging out, buddies in

Colleges introduce buddy systems and informal orientations as ice-breakers for freshers.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2011 01:27 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

As Delhi University gets ready for the new session, starting July 21, student unions are going all out to ensure that there’s no ragging on campus this year. In fact, they have come up with innovative and fun ways to ensure that the freshers get to know their seniors.

“We have chalked out a plan called the ‘buddy system’ for all the various departments, in which one senior will mentor a fresher and make her feel comfortable. They will be called each other’s buddies,” says Kritika Bharadwaj, president of Lady Shri Ram’s Student’s Union. The college also holds a formal orientation followed by a tree plantation drive for the first day of college.

This year, Delhi University has issued a circular, asking colleges to appoint ‘special moral tutors’, who will guide and help out the freshers against ragging instances. However, colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce and Hindu already have their anti-ragging squads in place.

“Ragging is passé for us. Informal interaction with seniors and different orientations for hostelers and day scholars helps break the ice with the fuchchas,” says Shrey Gupta, president of Shri Ram College of Commerce’s Students Union.

Each year, the students of Gargi College go the eco way to make freshers feel at ease. “Last year, we had a ‘Clean College, Clean Campus’ campaign in the first week of the new session where seniors and fuchchas work together. This helps them to interact and get to know each other better,” says Niharika Khanna, cultural secretary of Gargi College’s students union.

The freshers are equally excited. “I am happy that colleges have found innovative ways to do away with ragging,” says Ananya Lahiri, 18, who has taken admission in Political Science Hons at Kamala Nehru College. For Anant Singhal, 17, the first month of college would be all about making friends, both with his classmates and seniors. “They are the ones who will help me out,” says Singhal, who has taken admission in Kirori Mal College.

What’s new this year
Delhi University has issued a circular to all colleges, asking them to follow a certain protocol with regards to freshers. Here’s what it has to say-

Colleges have been asked to appoint special moral tutors to guide freshers against ragging

Colleges have been asked to set up a disciplinary resource committee to check ragging

A vigilance squad will be appointed for each college that will take charge of all ragging-related issues.

Colleges to appoint a disciplinary resource person, whose contact address and number will be made accessible to students.

Anti-ragging helpline numbers have been issued by the varsity

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