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Olympia Shilpa Gerald
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Welcome: Seniors applying mehendi for freshers Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College for Women in Tiruchi on Saturday. — PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
Welcome: Seniors applying mehendi for freshers Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College for Women in Tiruchi on Saturday. — PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

TIRUCHI: Arts and Science Colleges in the city have mellowed down anti- ragging awareness measures this year. Few colleges have explicitly dwelled on anti-ragging but all have accorded a warm welcome to first year students.

In fact, fresher's day celebrations besides ensuring freshers are made to feel at home have also become subtle ways of ensuring that ragging does not occur on campuses.

At Cauvery College for Women, post-graduate and senior students stood in two rows to welcome first-year students on their first day at college. The college allotted an hour for interaction of freshers with senior students in every department.

“Fresher's Day has become an indirect method to avoid ragging. It enables the freshers and senior students to mingle without inhibitions.” noted V. Sujatha, Principal, Cauvery College. Senior students of Shrimati Indira Gandhi College welcomed first year students with bouquets and sweets. They adorned the hands of freshers with mehendi as a special sign of welcome.

The principal of St.Joseph's College, Rev. Fr. R. Rajarathinam, insisted that ragging is unknown to the students of the college.

Freshers have been encouraged to report any incident. K. Anbarasu, Principal, National College, said for the last two years, it has been mandatory for the students to sign a declaration pledging they would refrain from ragging. Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Manachanallur invited a number of speakers to motivate freshers.

The first-year students were also enlightened on the employment opportunities offered by different arts and science courses.

A bridge course and exhibition were conducted to encourage students to speak English.

At Jamal Mohamed College, senior students hosted a reception party to welcome freshers at both the hostel and the college. Circulars on anti-ragging were distributed to all senior students.

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