Orientation Day at IIT Delhi

IIT Delhi wore a colourful look on Thursday as students accompanied by their parents descended from all parts of the country for the two day registration cum orientation programme.

More than 800 students assembled in Dogra Hall for their ‘introductory class’ that acclimatized them with the fundamentals of the institute. And the fact that IIT Delhi had recently been ranked as the best institute of the country by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings found a strong resonance among the new students.

“I opted for IIT Delhi because I got to know that it was ranked as the best institute of the country. It is really a matter of pride to be studying in the best institute of the nation,” says Medha Agarwal who hails from Agra.

Dittos Ashish Gupta who is joining civil engineering.” The QS ranking that placed IIT Delhi as the top institute of the country played a pivotal role in my choice. Besides, I always wanted to study civil engineering.”

The number of female entrants was also sizeable. The institute has registered around 30% increase in the total number of female candidates admitted this year, thanks to consistent efforts and counselling by the faculty.

“This is a memorable day for me. I was chasing a dream to get a berth in IIT Delhi and today I have been able to meet my aspiration. This day will remain etched in my memory lifelong,” says Mansi Chauhan who hails from Barielly in Uttar Pradesh.

While most donned a happy and confident look, there was also a visible sense of anxiety especially among the parents. “My child has never been away from home. I am a little apprehensive,” says a mother, without disclosing her name.

Earlier while welcoming the new students institute director Prof V Ramgopal Rao said: “This is a beginning, not an end. Now the real life, real excitement begins.”

Stressing on the importance of academics in IIT Delhi, Prof Rao exhorted the students to strive to become world class leaders in their specific areas of excellence.

Addressing the gathering Acting Dean (Academics) Prof Joby Joseph said that academics at IIT was different from that of school and coaching. “Academics should be your first priority. The focus here is primarily on scientific and theoretical basis of technology,” he maintained. Prof Joseph presented slides for the students which fleshed out the essence of the institute, the curriculum goals, concept of credits and more.

Dean Student Affairs Prof T R Sreekrishnan apprised the gathering about the various student activities.