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It was all bonhomie at DU on first day of new year

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A positive sign: Seniors welcoming first-year students with flowers at Delhi University on Thursday.
A positive sign: Seniors welcoming first-year students with flowers at Delhi University on Thursday.

Parul Sharma

NEW DELHI: The first day of the new academic year at Delhi University here on Thursday passed off smoothly without any major incident of ragging being reported from the campus.

With the Supreme Court taking a strong stand to eliminate the menace of ragging, different colleges made efforts to ensure senior students did not indulge in any obscene or harsh ragging and that freshers had a rather hassle-free day.

Delhi University Students’ Union president Nupur Sharma and activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad welcomed the freshers by applying “tilak” and distributing sweets.

On the other hand, some National Students’ Union of India activists positioned themselves outside the Metro stations to greet first-year students with flowers. The NSUI volunteers organised an anti-ragging march on the North Campus that began from the Arts Faculty and culminated at Hans Raj College.

Some colleges like Miranda House conducted their orientation programme, organising various cultural events for the first-year students.

“We were given our time-tables. I have still not met my seniors. I don’t want to be ragged, I hope it’s a simple introduction with them,” said Astha Goel, a first-year B.A. (Programme) student at Miranda House.

Institutions such as Hans Raj College had installed closed circuit television cameras to monitor the activities of seniors and freshers on its campus.

The freshers turned up for college dressed in their best attire, complete with smart and fancy bags.

Nirupama Kaur, a B.Com (Honours) student at Shri Ram College of Commerce, reached college at 9-30 a.m. for her first class on Thursday. However, the teacher did not turn up. “We had another class later in the day. The students just introduced themselves to the teacher. Later, a group of seniors came into our classroom. Some students stayed back, while some walked out. No one was forced to have an interaction,” she said.

Two final-year students of SRCC, who did not wish to be named, said they were waiting for the rest of their group to arrive to indulge in some “mild ragging”. “It will only be a healthy introduction. Nothing that would discomfort any fresher,” they assured.

Some seniors offered “valuable tips” to their juniors on how to conduct themselves in the next three years of their academic life.

“We met our seniors in the class. They were very friendly and eager to help. The interaction was very amicable,” said Ishi Narula.

The seniors had an “interaction session” at some colleges in the afternoon once the teachers left.

Though most colleges had put up notices against ragging, Hindu College had clearly instructed that no ragging should take place in the college, “not even in the name of introduction”. Adequate security arrangements were in place and the University authorities had not received any complaint till evening.

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