Fun rules the roost as thousands make DU debut

Hustle and bustle reigned in Delhi University on Monday, as the campus opened up for the new academic session.

Many freshers, expecting ragging, were pleasantly surprised with the fun-filled ‘introduction’ sessions. 

‘Our seniors were helpful. They even told us where to get the best chai,’ said Deepak Kumar, a student of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

The university authorities had organised orientation programmes, mime shows and street plays at various colleges to help new-comers get adjusted to the college environment, and to thwart any ragging attempts.

Shradha Patnayak, an Economics (H) student at Khalsa College, said, ‘It was a fruitful day. We got tips on how to deal with ragging. I feel safe now.’

‘This is a bit intimidating. When I stepped out of the Metro station, I just sat on the stairs to let the feeling sink in,’ said Moin Khan, a student of Faculty of Arts.

‘I was a little apprehensive about my first day, as I am from a different city and do not really know anyone here. But my first day didn’t turn out to be as scary as I thought. There was no ragging as such, but we did interact with our seniors. They were quite nice to us. We also listened to some speeches by college faculty members and the principal. The speeches were informative. They told us about the college, its history and the strong alumni network,’ said one Neeraj Kumar, a student of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

Welcoming the freshers, the Vice-Chancellor said, ‘I wish all students the best as they begin a new journey and urge them to make the most of it through their participation in the university programmes. They must take advantage of the platform the university has created for them.’

Student political outfits too went all guns blazing to woo the freshers.

Holding placards and banners, volunteers of outfits such as the National Students’ Union of India and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad stood on major roads in the north campus and urged freshers to join their respective organisations.

Dean of Student Welfare, J M Khurana, warned senior students against indulging in ragging and asked freshers to attend classes regularly.

Khurana added that freshers should come for classes from day one and be regular.

‘No seniors should get involved in acts of ragging. The university will take strict action against students found guilty of ragging,’ he said.

State secretary, ABVP, Rohit chahal said, ‘We did our best to make freshers feel comfortable on the very first day.’

During the first few months, disciplinary squads will be deployed in every college, and eating joints on the campuses will be monitored closely.

Hostels will face unannounced inspections to check cases of ragging. Police pickets will be placed outside every college with special assistance to be provided to women’s colleges. Heavy police presence will mark the  sensitive areas.

Cops in plain clothes will also be deployed to prevent any untoward  incident.

In case of ragging,  immediate expulsion, cancellation of degree and even legal action might be some of the repercussions.
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