Dressed to kill or just plain comfortable in the humid weather,first-year undergraduate students who joined various DU colleges on Monday had one thing in common a look of excitement and apprehension written all over their faces as they made way through the college corridors.
I am very happy. I completed my schooling from Dubai. Lady Shri Ram College was my first choice and Im glad I got through here, said Priyam Varghese from Kerala who joined B Com honours at LSR.
LSR is the best college. Plus it is a girls college. So it is more safe for girls in terms of eve teasing and ragging, said Anita Varghese,Priyams mother.
All the colleges held orientation programmes to familiarise first-year students with faculty members,anti-ragging squads and cultural societies in the colleges. Orientation programme was very helpful. We now know whom to contact in case we have an issue, said Mansi Singh who has taken admission in English honours in LSR.
Even before undergraduate classes began,students were already charting their career plans. I want to become a scientist. Once I graduate,I will pursue MSc from IIT, said Deepak Prajapati from Udaipur Rajasthan who joined the B Sc Physics in Sri Venkateswara College.
Some,however,seemed clueless about their present,let alone the future. I have no clue what I want to do in future. I missed the orientation programme because I did difficulty finding the class where it was being held, said Sahith from Hyderabad who got admitted to BA programme.
The first place most students checked out was the college canteen. Ayushi Singh who took admission in English (Honours) at Hansraj College,was disappointed to find that no classes were held on the first day. We have been in college since 8.40 am,waiting for classes to begin. But none of the teachers have turned up till now, said Ayushi.
Ayushis classmate,Kirti Kumari said,Even though we didnt have classes,we are roaming about the campus.
Venky also saw political campaigning by Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad on the first day. We want to influence as many students as possible, said David Choudhary from Khalsa College.
Aishwarya Vani,from Thiruvananthapuram,who joined B Sc Life Sciences in Kirorimal College said,Though I cleared engineering entrance tests for colleges in the south,I did not take admission there as I want to be a journalist or a civil servant.
Kai Simte from Manipur had joined Dayal Singh College last year. But this year,he joined the English (Honours) course in Motilal Nehru College. I am here to play football. This college has one of the best teams. Last year,they beat us in football. Thats when I decided to quit that college and join here, said Kai.