ORIENTATION IS an important rite of passage for first year students during the first few days of college and city colleges lay special emphasis on the orientation programmes. Elaborate plans are made to get the new students and their parents well-acquainted with their choice of colleges.
Continuing with its tradition, the HR College of Commerce and Economics, Churchgate, conducts an orientation to welcome new students and give them an idea about how the next few years of their life, while in college, will be like.
Sydelle Estibeiro, a member of the Student Council of HR College, says, “Orientation here is an informative session for students and parents so that they know what they have signed up for. Towards the end of the programme, we are open to any questions that parents or students may have.”
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However, some colleges have moved from a traditional informative orientation session to a more vibrant one. KC College, Churchgate, has added a little flavour to its orientation programme with cultural showcase. The students of the college will put up exhibits on photography, movie-making and creative writing to introduce the BMM course freshers to the culture of the college.
The orientation, which takes place Thursday, will be followed by an informal interaction between the seniors and the freshers, which helps the freshers feel more comfortable.
The reason for conducting our fresher’s orientation on such a scale and in such a fashion is to acquaint students with the culture of the college. We plan to showcase the achievements of our college to motivate the freshers. We also add a cultural aspect to our orientation so that the students feel comfortable and at home”, Manju Nichani, principal of KC College, said.
NM College at Vile Parle too has its orientation Thursday.
“After an informative session with the freshers and their parents, we will let the senior students take the stage. They will introduce the freshers to the various extra and co-curricular activities that the college conducts every year,” said principal Amee Vora.
Senior students vouched that the orientation programme had helped them understand the history of the college and the various opportunities they would get at the college.
“In my first year, orientation was quite traditional, where we were informed about the history and motto of the college first followed by information regarding co-curricular activities and opportunities. We were also told about the evaluation and choice based credit system. The programme was helpful and informative,” says Vishesh Makwana, a final year student of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.