The Delhi University (DU) campus was buzzing with activity on the first day of the academic session on Wednesday, with excitement and nervousness among students as they turned a page to a new chapter in their lives. The academic session of DU first year students began on Wednesday.
Many colleges organized orientation programs to inform the new student body about curricula, societies, and committees. Some of the students were excited and a few were nervous. Many of them were accompanied by their parents.
Nehal, who was admitted in History (Honours) at Ramjas College, was accompanied by her mother on her first day on campus.
“Ramjas was not my first choice but I am not complaining as it is a good college. This is my first time to visit DU campus. Some of my friends have also taken admission in the college. It would be a great experience ” said Nehal, who goes by his name.
Garima Rajput from Haryana, who got admission in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), was happy and full of hope for her new journey.
“This is a big day for me. I will be pursuing BCom honours. The college is well-known. The campus is beautiful,” he said.
“We have to present the documents on the first day of university and then there is the orientation program. I don’t think there will be classes on the first day,” said Rajput.
Schools were decorated with posters welcoming young people. Members of student organisations, such as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI), were seen attending the new students.
Nehal and Rajput are among the thousands of students who were admitted to DU on the basis of their Common College Entrance Test (CUET) scores.
While admissions to 70,000 seats in various DU colleges are still ongoing, the academic year for first semester students began on Wednesday.
Speaking to PTI on Tuesday, DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh had said that the university was all set for the start of the new academic year and steps were taken to ensure availability of all facilities for students .
“We are ready to hold classes for first year students. This year we made the admissions through the CUET and we are implementing the National Education Policy. It is a different policy and students will have more flexibility,” Singh said.
As of this year, DU is implementing the NEP and the four-year degree program