A sense of nervousness and excitement filled the air at Delhi University (DU) North Campus on Monday as the new batch of undergraduate students attended their classes for the first time.

‘No fear of ragging’

With the university having a ‘no tolerance’ policy towards ragging, curious freshers were mostly seen interacting with their seniors freely to find out what they were in for the next three years. Students were busy crowding around help desks, finding out what societies they could join. The first day not being much hectic for the freshers, the restaurants and canteens across the campus did brisk business.

“I was very excited about my first day of college. The lectures were different from those in school. We were also given orientation on ‘Pinhole’, the photography society of our college. The seniors we talked to were nice. There is no fear of ragging. They did not even bully the freshers,” said Priyanka Jawa, a fresher from S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, summing up her first day.

Several students, after attending a few classes, went around the campus to catch up with their school friends, who had also made it to DU, leaving making new friends for later. “I did not make a lot of friends today, but it was only the first day. We had classes and some teachers did not come, even though the timetable were out few days back. For me, it was a little boring,” said Nabiha Naqvi, from Daulat Ram College.

Outstation students spent their time familiarising themselves with the campus. They looked slightly more jittery than the local students. “I am from Siliguri, West Bengal. I have never stayed outside my State for studies before. At present I am living with my aunt, but have been searching for a PG,” said Kritika Ray, from Ramjas College.

Aastha Modi from SRCC felt that her first day was not at all like what she had imagined.

‘Friendly seniors’

“I walked into a place full of excitement. My batchmates, who are from different corners of the country, are so friendly. What made me more comfortable were the friendly, yet focused seniors. I had no fear of ragging, thanks to the strict anti-ragging rules of our college.”

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