Feeling lost during your 1st week of college in Mumbai? Don’t worry, seniors will help you out
Mumbai city news: Several colleges in Mumbai have asked senior students to help freshers settle into their new academic life.mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2017 12:41 IST
It’s that time of the year again when colleges are preparing to accommodate a new batch of students. As the newcomers trickle in, many colleges have asked senior students to help the freshers, not just in the long drawn admission process but also to settle into academic life.
Seniors are helping colleges with administrative work related to admissions, but a more crucial job is helping the new students and parents through the process and ensuring that no student feels out of place on his or her first few days.
“Many students come to the city for the first time to pursue degree courses, and once the admissions are over, we let our seniors take over the welcoming process,” said Parvathi Venkatesh, principal of Mulund College of Commerce. She added that a welcome session is organised by senior degree college students for all the freshers, where everything from the official presentation on college code and ethics to the best eateries around the college is discussed. “The seniors also help students with the way around college, different activities that one can enrol themselves in, as well as the best dishes available in the canteen,” added Venkatesh.
With admissions season currently on in full swing, college campuses are full of confused students as well as parents. This is where a word with senior students is helpful. “We’ve had our students volunteering to help us with the process, and we are more than happy. Some students who have also finished college come back during the admission season just to help young students. We encourage this process because the new comers feel much at ease when they interact with other students,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College. He added that this process has been on at their college for quite some years now.
At Vile Parle’s Mithibai College, the institute has put together various groups of students to look into various aspects during as well as post admission. “During admission students help us as well as new students and parents by setting up help desks and helping them through the process. Post admission they are there to introduce students to various clubs and activities organised by the institute,” said Rajpal Hande, principal of the institute. “We run various student clubs including sports, annual fests, student representatives, social service, NSS, etc and all the freshers are encouraged to participate in at least one group every year,” he added.
Over the years, colleges have also started putting together specific groups of students in order to cater to specific needs of new entrants. “A Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) student will get more help on presentations or projects from their own seniors than those from other courses, so we keep special groups according to departments, so that students know exactly whom to approach with their academic problems,” said Naresh Chandra, principal of Birla College, Kalyan.