After a hiatus of around two months, the Lucknow University campus was seen alive on Monday, 16th July. With a bagful of hopes, freshers spent majority of time searching their classrooms and finding the time table. Excitement was in air, but apprehensions ruled students' minds, as they began their college life. On the other hand, day one was an opportunity for student leaders to seek support from newcomers. The LU began its new academic session on Monday, 16th July, 2012. While the first year students clubbed with their school mates and walked in groups, second and final year students were delighted to meet their friends after a long time.
The canteens 'samosas' and 'chai' created the perfect environment. Unlike earlier sessions, the freshers wore their identity cards while taking a look on the campus. For convenience of the students, guide maps were put up at some places. But this was of little use as most of the new comers spent their day in finding their classrooms. Those who even found were unhappy as almost no classes took place. In turn, they were seen sitting on the staircases of their respective departments. The worst were arts and science faculty.
Some introductory classes did happen in commerce. Among few teachers who took classes was city mayor Dinesh Sharma. Students were troubled as in many departments; teachers were missing while in others, they were not given proper information about the classes. Early in the morning, members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarti Parishad (ABVP) took a round of the campus. According to them, in science faculty, some classes were held in botany, geology department whereas chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics, computer science, astronomy, genetics and others were deserted.
In fact, many departments did not even have a time table. Almost no classes took place in the arts faculty. Despite anything, newcomers looked happy. "University life is a new experience. It's a freedom from homework, from wearing uniform. It makes us feel like a free bird,'' said Urvashi Chaturvedi, a first year arts student. Similar sentiments came from other students too. To ensure all goes on well, proctor Prof Pawan Agarwal along with members of proctorial board took a round of the campus. They checked the identity cards of the students. Those who did not carry an ID card were given respite after they showed their fee receipt. University vice-chancellor, Prof Manoj Mishra too took a round.
Courtesy: Times of India