College orientations


The orientation ceremony for the freshers of Lady Shri Ram College for Women was held on Wednesday, 24th July.

As always, the event included performances from various societies along with the Principal’s address. The auditorium packed with women, was addressed by Principal, Meenakshi Gopinath. She talked about the ‘magic of LSR’, the philosophy behind FYUP and overall the experience that studying in the institution gives you.

The occasion was also graced with the presence of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh who Dr. Gopinath introduced as the ‘most handsome Vice-Chancellor ever’. Continuing the humour, VC talked about how this welcome at LSR has been 35 years late, with him reliving his days at Stephen’s when he and his friends would be eager to enter the gates of the college.


The VC congratulated the students on making it to the best college in the country. He also made the announcement that the University would give the college a grant worth Rs. 5 lakhs which the VC suggested could be used for building a proper air-conditioning system for the college auditorium. The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by his entire team including Prof. Sudhish Pachauri, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Prof. Umesh Rai, Director, South Campus. Other members included the Dean of colleges and the Proctor of the University.

Along with the grant, the VC also announced the fomulation of an Incubation center in the college that would fund entrepreneurial ideas and startups initiated by students. The Incubation center would be set up by the University within the next two months.

Lastly, praising the popular food from the cafe, the VC asked whether an outlet could be opened in North Campus as well!

As the trend has been, the programme ended with Vandana Kohli’s movie, that talks about the ‘Magic of LSR’ with the freshers then moving on to refreshments and their department orientations.

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The orientation for first year students who’ve taken admission in Hans Raj College was held on 22 July, 2013. As the tradition goes in this college, the session was started with a havan, to wish prosperity and development to the college and its students for the following year.  This was followed by a hymn sung by the college music society Swaranjali after which there was a welcoming speech by the professors who introduced basic details of the college.

The program proceeded with the ECA students show casing their talent. There were performances of Kathak, Bharatnatyam, along with melodies where music societies showed their magic.

The college principal MR. V.K. Kwatra then gave his address to the gathering. He gave a brief description of the history of the college, its establishment and the experience of being in the college. He talked about how Hansraj College is one of the finest colleges in the country and has produced people like Shahrukh Khan, Navin Jindal, and scores of IAS officers and bureaucrats.

The principal gave the students tips on time management and dedication and wished them luck for the year.

“I found the principal’s speech very motivating. He gave us important tips on how we need to continue to strive for excellence and utilise college life to the fullest.” says Swarnika, a first year English (Hons) student.

The orientation for freshers and their parents at Sri Venkateswara College was held on Tuesday, 23rd July. The ceremony was led by Principal Dr. P. Hemlatha Reddy and she was joined by most (however not all) heads of departments.

The recently inaugurated auditorium was used to conduct the ceremony. Evident from a packed auditorium, the orientation initially received good response from students and parents.

In a ceremony that lasted for about one and a half hours in a not so well ventilated auditorium the Principal touched upon general topics about the history of the college, code of conduct, the fest- Nexus, the various departments and other aspects on college life at Venky.

While having the ceremony in the auditorium (in the presence of parents) was a step well appreciated, the audience complained that the various speakers were hardly audible from the dais. This resulted in a lukewarm response from the audience towards the end of the day.

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Shri Ram College of Commerce welcomed its new batch of students in the orientation ceremony on Tuesday, 23rd of July. Thousands of freshers turned up looking awestruck and jittery. Like every year, the orientation was conducted in the college auditorium which was jam-packed with students, the parents not being allowed to enter the hall.

The programme was short and simple with teachers and principal on the podium introducing students to the college and telling them the do’s and don’ts of college life. “We found their speeches very inspiring and impactful and I can’t wait for the college to begin”, says Samantha, one of the freshers.

A short session was also conducted by the Delhi police about the metro line, making them familiar with it and telling them how they can commute. The students were then taken to their respective classes and given the SRCC handbook after which lunch was served to them and their parents.

“I love the college even more and I feel I belong here already, the sports complex is awesome!” adds an over excited fresher.

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Freshers timidly walk into colleges on their orientation days not knowing what to expect. They’re afraid or seniors and do not know anybody. So here is what your seniors from several colleges, experienced during their orientations:

Kirorimal College
“It was in room 18. After our teachers introduced us to the staff officially, had done explaining to us the course structure and had handed out the routine that our seniors came. What we feared to be ragging turned out to be something fun in the end. After the introduction, we were asked to sing. Some were made to dance. Someone rapped something. The highlight was the dance to “Oh La La” where the roles got reversed and the guy played Vidya Balan and the girl Naseeruddin Shah and the spoken essay on “tatti” in shudh Hindi. Though a few of the freshers did look uncomfortable, most took it lightly as it was meant to be like. At the end of the day, our seniors became our friends.” – Pallab Deb


Gargi College
“First day at college seems like a big fat tangle of emotions. As I entered the quad, I had no idea how the experience would be, but the college orientation gave me a feeling that this is place where I can spend 3 years of my life and emerge as an all rounder. The day was jam-packed with performances by cultural societies like Enliven, Kshitij, etc. Orientation acquaints students with the various facilities available at the campus and the college societies. The college orientation was followed by departmental orientations where students were acquainted with their courses and respective teachers. In other words, one could call it as a halftone of the coming years.” – Shaily Sharma

Shri Ram College of Commerce
“My college orientation isn’t exactly something I recall frequently, but once I do it all comes back to me like a movie. Just a year back on this day I explored my college for the first time and came to know facts which both surprised and scared me. I remember sitting in our not-so-huge auditorium listening intently to everything the teachers had to say, my hands shaky and mind anxious. The fact that I was sitting in that grossly overcrowded hall among thousands of outstanding young students each one better than the other was weirdly reassuring. I knew that my dream has come true when the principal on the podium said that three years from now you’ll be proud of the person you’ve become.” – Aishwarya Chaurasia


Indraprastha College for Women
“We were asked to assemble in the studio, that’s where the college tour started. Then we were addressed by our principle as to what to expect from this course and college and who are faculty members would be. Later the seniors took over. Each person has to sit on a chair under the spotlight. We had to give our introductions along with the craziest thing that we have done in our life. It was a fun exercise and we all enjoyed a lot.” – Pinakita Gupta

Lady Shri Ram College for Women
As I entered Lady Shri Ram College for the first time, it was the sheer grandeur around it that amazed me. From the lush green lawns to the mighty red building, everything about LSR is inspiring on your orientation day. Walking in to the auditorium was like entering another universe. To be introduced to all major societies, see them perform, listen to teachers and students speak about how the red bricks and the magic they guard accommodate changed their lives is overwhelming. But it’s nothing close to the  how one feels when Dr Gopinath takes over the podium. She’s articulate, inspiring and instils all new students with a sense of confidence. The final tree planting tradition is great way to end an orientation at LSR and makes everyone feel like they’re going to be leaving their mark on the institution forever. – Bani Bains


There is nothing to be intimidated by, not even the seniors. So enter your respective colleges with your heads held high and expect nothing but great times! All the best freshers, welcome aboard!