New Delhi: Delhi University on Wednesday
prepared to welcome freshers for a new session in which the
institution would switch over to a semester mode in all
The University which this year came out with two
additional cut-off lists exclusively for OBC candidates,
however, still has a few seats vacant in various colleges.
The authorities had asked the colleges not to go ahead
with transferring reserved seats to general category students
until further notice. In the absence of a fresh directive,
therefore, the university will start its session tomorrow with
the freeze on conversion of the vacant seats.
The university is finally shifting to a complete
semester mode from this year after a prolonged stand-off
between the administration and teachers over the issue that
led to a delay in revision of syllabi from annual to semester
mode. The university was struggling till the last moment to
compile the revised syllabi in various courses and the exam
packed new system, which leaves little room for wastage of
time, will be a major focus of orientation programmes across
The university is also setting up two joint control
rooms -- one each in North and South campuses -- from
tomorrow and is also stepping up vigil at eating joints across
the campus to prevent ragging.
Disciplinary squads have been formed and police
pickets established outside colleges which will also have
plainclothes women police personnel on duty.
Many colleges will host cultural programmes to welcome
the freshers. Yesterday, the university`s Equal Opportunities
cell hosted an orientation programme to welcome
specially-abled students and to assure them that the campus
would be disabled friendly.