After The admission process at Delhi University was briefly thrown out of gear because of the controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme, the university will begin classes from Monday, with courses restructured to follow the earlier three-year format.
And with the start of yet another new session, university authorities are already mobilising measures to curb ragging on campus. For starters, DU officials have met with officials from the Delhi Police as well as the Delhi Transport Corporation to discuss facilitation of “smooth induction of students” and construct a mechanism to prevent ragging.
Two joint controls — one in North and the other in South Campus — will be set up to monitor cases of ragging. Colleges had asked students and parents to submit affidavits on anti-ragging. The university has also asked the colleges to put up rules regarding prohibition of ragging on college premises.
Anti-ragging and vigilance squads as well as disciplinary committees — comprising teachers and students — have been constituted to check ragging. The university campus will also see police pickets being placed outside colleges.
“Any acts of indiscipline, ragging will be dealt with strictly under the University’s Statutes, Ordinances, which give legal authority to principals/heads/directors/provosts/wardens to take preventive as well as punitive action. Police assistance will be sought whenever situation warrants it,” Alka Sharma, DU Registrar, said.
“Sensitive areas in the campus have been put under electronic surveillance to curb ragging and eve-teasing. Patrolling has also been enforced to monitor and to take speedy action in case of untoward incidents,” Sharma said.
While the new academic session commences on July 21, several colleges have already begun interactive sessions with freshers during orientation programmes. Most colleges, however, will hold orientation sessions on Monday.
Kanika Khandelwal, Lady Shri Ram College spokesperson, said, “The college will conduct an orientation programme on Monday. Apart from lectures on the college and the course, students will also take part in cultural programmes and a tree-plantation ceremony. Every student will be planting a sapling, take care of the plant during her years at the college. This is a tradition that we have been following for many years.”