Orientation programmes for the newcomers in institutes are a common feature. But Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) with an aim to not only develop healthier and friendly relations among newcomers and seniors,but also to effectively curb ragging on campus,organised an orientation and interactive session for the students today. This programme was organised by the College of Dairy Technology,GADVASU.
The freshers were asked by the university teachers to introduce themselves. Dr OS Parmar,Dean,College of Veterinary Sciences,informed,The educational institutions can not get away by just displaying notices,rules and legal slogans only. We need to move a step further. The usual pretext under which ragging is done is introduction and we university officials felt that these introductions should be held under our supervision,so that there is no scope of ragging.
At the function the newcomers informed the seniors about their family background,hobbies and tastes. In this fun- filled function,the students were asked to sing songs and share jokes,which everyone was more than happy to do.
Simrat,a newcomer,said,At least now the seniors wont feel that they dont know who the newcomers are. In times when most of the interactive sessions at hostels turn ugly due to ego clashes,the GADVASU certainly has set a new example.
Talking about the programme,Dr Parmar informed the students about the negative aspects of ragging. Further he made the students aware about the legal aspect of the practice. We hope this interaction would be of great help to develop intimacy in the students, said Parmar,urging students to live as a family.
Later,the seniors assured all cooperation to the newcomers at academic and personal levels. Harish,a second- year dairy technology student at the college,commented,We would never let newcomers feel that they are away from their homes.
The faculty also expressed that as the university was still in its infancy as it had came into existence only two years ago. We all would have to cooperate to reach the top, said Harpreet Singh,university spokesperson informing that this session was utilised to inform students about the organizational set of the varsity,facilities,stipends,scholarships and loans available to them.