Despite the lack of an orientation day for Delhi University first-year students, there was a lot of excitement among students at the beginning of their college years.
Although colleges remain physically closed, Delhi University has begun the new academic session with online classes on Wednesday following a four-month delay.
A first-year student from Gargi College expressed that every year when the first day at DU colleges are featured in newspapers and social media, it gives an impression of a great celebration.
Students plan beforehand about the clothes they are going to wear on their first day or on fresher functions. However, since all such programs are now being held online, students have no option but to adapt to the new ways.
Students at Maitreyi College attended an online orientation session organised for all first year students.
A student stated that this session was unlike any session their seniors or elder siblings have attended so far. Every year, the students gather at the cafeteria to greet each other, distribute flowers, etc. However, that did not lower the level of excitement among students.
In the online orientation programs conducted by DU colleges, the impact of COVID-19 is also being discussed as an important issue. It has been widely recognized how much impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of students.
Online Interactive sessions will also be organized by The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU)
DUSU President Akshit Dahiya said “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 organize online events where students can also participate”
This year, the varsity released five cutoff lists for admission o various UG courses across affiliated colleges. Out of the 70,000 seats available, 68,000 have been filled through the online admission process.
Over 68,000 of the 70,000 undergraduate seats have been filled so far under five cut-off lists.