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NEW BEGINNING: Freshers attending the orientation programme at Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce on Tuesday.
NEW BEGINNING: Freshers attending the orientation programme at Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Colleges hold orientation programmes, elaborate ceremonies for newcomers

NEW DELHI: With the stage set for the new academic year to begin on Wednesday, Delhi University colleges are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the newcomers arriving straight out of the sheltered environment of their school feel at home on the campus.

While many colleges are planning to organise orientation programmes on Wednesday, several of them held elaborate ceremonies on Tuesday itself. Hans Raj College decided to begin the new session on a traditional note by performing a “havan”. After Principal S.R. Arora’s address, students who took admission under the Extra-Curricular Activities quota this year presented cultural programmes. A skit on the “no-smoking” campaign was also shown to the students.

On the other hand, the college has also braced itself for ragging. “We have put closed-circuit TV cameras both at the college and the hostel. At the hostel, we have separated the wings of the first-year students and that of the second-year and third-year. Guards will be on vigil outside the section of the first-year children who will take rounds at night and no senior would be allowed to enter it without proper permission,” said Dr. Arora. Shri Ram College of Commerce organised an orientation programme for both students and parents. “We told students about what is being done in the college and what we plan to do. Apart from a power-point presentation on what the college stands for, a handbook pertaining to all student-related issues was distributed to the newcomers,” said Principal P.C. Jain. There was an exclusive orientation ceremony for parents at Indraprastha College for Women on Tuesday.

“Parents were informed about attendance and internal assessment rules and different add-on courses. We assured them that they need not worry about ragging as we have an anti-ragging committee, comprising faculty members and students’ union office-bearers, to deal with it,” said Manasvini M. Yogi, college media coordinator.

“We will be calling our alumni on Wednesday to share their experiences with the students,” added Dr. Yogi. There are several other colleges that will hold orientation programmes on Wednesday.

“Along with a cultural programme by the seniors, there will be a talk by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H.G.S. Dhaliwal on safety of girls. Students will be informed about the various college societies and in-house activities,” said Gargi College Principal Meera Ramachandran.

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