Heavy police presence and jam-packed traffic marked Day One at Delhi University’s North Campus on Wednesday. Police pickets were set-up outside each college and police personnel in plainclothes moved about with students to check ragging.
Outsiders were not allowed inside any college, where student identity cards had to be produced for entry. This, however, did not prevent parents and friends from accompanying new students, resulting in traffic jams and crowds outside every college gate.
Some colleges had an orientation session with cultural programmes put on by the dance or theatre societies of their college, while others had invited successful alumni to talk about their college experience.
Detailed ragging guidelines were sent by the university to all colleges in advance, and one of them was to paste warnings against ragging prominently.
On the South Campus, most colleges organised orientation programmes, while some have already gone through them.
Security was tight in most colleges and parents were not allowed to enter Sri Venkateshwara and Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma (ARSD) College campus along with their wards.
ARSD was also visited by students who came to take admission after the release of the eighth cut-off list. Seniors welcomed the new students by giving them a chocolate at the college entrance.
“We were given the time-table after the orientation today [on Wednesday] and classes will begin from tomorrow [Thursday],” said Political Science student Pinki Gupta.
At Sri Venkateshwara College, which had conducted its orientation programme on Tuesday, students came to attend classes on Wednesday. Since they had not been provided books or reference material, most carried a notebook and a pen.