STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 24 July
Thousands of freshers, thrilled on being the first batch of the ambitious Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), flocked to their respective colleges today in Delhi University on the opening day of the academic session 2013-14.
The first day was an auspicious time for the freshers where their seniors and students activists welcomed them in their colleges in traditional ways; putting tilak on their forehead, and distributing chocolates and flowers to make them feel home.
Delhi University Student Union President, Arun Hooda said, “We welcomed the freshers in traditional way. We tried to make them feel comfortable during our interaction. We had deputed 25 volunteers in each DU colleges to help the newcomers, if they face any trouble,” Hooda said.
ABVP secretary, Rohit Chahal said that their student volunteers offered sweets to the newcomers on the auspicious day and assured them to help them, if they face any trouble. “We assured the students that no one will rag them in the University campus, following the Supreme Court directing of anti-ragging,” he said adding that the students had friendly interaction to make them feel good.
The university authority&’s effort to curb ragging in and around college campus showed a positive result, as there was no report of ragging till evening. Interestingly, an Economics student at SRCC shared his experience, “ We were sitting in class when a group of 10-15 seniors came to our classes and were about to rag us. But when they saw the faculty coming towards us, they fled. But apart from this, it was a very nice beginning.”
The university officials said that they did not receive any complaint or ragging till the evening. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police had also deployed extra police personnel on the North and South Campus keeping tight vigil. On the other hand most of the colleges today did not officially organise classes. Shri Ram College of Commerce organised one-hour class today whereas, colleges like Daulat Ram, Deshbandhu, Colleges of Vocational Studies, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma and others handed out timetable to students. The first day also witness rush and traffic jam in Delhi University&’s North Campus due to a large number of rickshows and autos plying in the campus. Metro trains going towards Vishwavidyalaya were also crowded today.
Meanwhile, different students’ organisations ~ NSUI, ABVP, CYSS ~ in Delhi University are running membership campaign on the Campus. The volunteers of each organisation were seen claiming they were better than the rest.