Even although there have been no fancy orientation day celebrations for hundreds of first-year students of the Delhi University, the COVID-19 pandemic may nonetheless not dampen the joy that comes on the primary day of college.
While the universities are nonetheless closed in view of the pandemic, the brand new educational session for the freshers started from Wednesday after a delay of over 4 months.
“Every year when I used to read in newspapers about the first day at DU, it almost felt like a red carpet welcome. I had plans about what will I wear on the first day, how my first picture on the campus will be. All of that was held online. This is the new normal and we have no choice but to adapt,” Sonakshi Tyagi, a more energizing at Gargi College, stated.
Maitreyi college students had a web-based orientation session which was stay streamed.
“It was very different from what my school seniors or my elder sister had as a first day of college but still the excitement was the same. I felt sad but then this is how the whole world is operating at the moment,” Shrutika, a Political Science scholar, stated.
Every yr, the primary day of college is often marked by heat welcome with flowers, cafeteria interactions with seniors and orientation day celebrations.
Puran Bisht, a Shivaji college scholar, stated, “It was not like you are going to interact with 20 people and make friends for the rest of your lives. It was the same feel of being at home and attending classes.” Hindu College, Miranda House, St Stephen’s College, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Ramjas College and others have opted for a web-based orientation course of introducing students to college officers, numerous societies and fellow students.
During the orientation ceremonies, schools are additionally laying emphasis on the influence of COVID-19 on psychological well being of students.
First-year students are additionally being launched to college counsellors and on-line classes are being lined up with these counsellors.
The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), which used to organise a welcome drive for freshers all over the place and used to distribute flowers and goodies, has additionally deliberate on-line interactive classes and occasions this yr.
“Since students cannot come to college, we will reach out to them. Till last year, the experience of the first day was very different. We used to visit all colleges, meet the students in societies, welcomed them with chocolates and parties and get-togethers. But this year, we are planning to organise online events where students can also participate,” Akshit Dahiya, the DUSU president, stated.
Over 68,000 of the 70,000 undergraduate seats have been stuffed to this point below 5 cut-off lists.
This yr, the admission course of was fully on-line in view of the pandemic.
While the college was scheduled to come back out with a particular cut-off checklist for remaining seats, additional admission course of has been deferred on account of many college officers testing constructive for coronavirus.