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BANGALORE: A colourful rangoli at the entrance, a huge banner saying 'Welcome to College', sugar candy for new comers... Colleges are getting ready to welcome their new students.

With hardly a week left for I PU classes to begin, colleges across the city are bustling with energy that marks the memorable opening day.

Various colleges are laying out the red carpet differently. For instance, G R Group of Educational Institutions is going traditional, with a Saraswati pooja and rangoli. "We want to make it eco-friendly. We won't allow any decorations with paper or plastic," founder-director Geetha Ramanujam said.

Most colleges have scheduled the induction programme on the first day, at which students will be briefed on the college rules and regulations. "We want them to get a feel of college. Classes will be only for two hours. It'll be an ice-breaking session," said M Prakash, principal, Sheshadripuram First Grade College, Yelahanka.

Colleges are trying to get top names for the inaugural session. "We have roped in K R Srinivasan, former director-general of police as the chief guest," said principal A P Rao of Vijaya PU College. For NMKRV, it is educationist Ali Khwaja, who will speak on career counselling.

Students need not fear ragging at all, assure college officials. "We don't need to specifically talk about it but on our campus, we don't allow ragging. The new students can feel completely safe," said SBMJ College principal B T Venkatesh.

Some like Reva College said they have already formed discipline committees which will go around the campus and keep a strict check on ragging. Other colleges don't want to lose the spirit of fun. "During the ice-breaking session, students need to introduce themselves. If someone is good in dancing, others can ask her to dance. This will happen only when the teachers are around," said Prakash.

Some colleges are also figuring out dress codes. While most want students to "dress appropriately", others are putting codes in place. "MES students must follow the code designed by the college, which consists of formal outfits for boys and salwaar-kameez with dupatta for girls," said principal Prabhavati B G.
As students anxiously wait for Day 1, colleges seem to be making all efforts to make it a smooth ride. source

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