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HSW, HSBC and Resonance

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What is life as a NUton?

The transition from school to university is slightly nerve-wracking. For most students, this is the first time they will be away from home. Fresh out of Class XII, with friends joining colleges all across the country, their impressionable minds are filled with a mix of curiosity, excitement and apprehension. At NU, we want to welcome freshers into our community and make the entire process as stress-free as we possibly can. These pre-college activities set the foundation for a fulfilling journey of learning, discovery and exploration.
NU’s unique admission process boasts of an Early Admission mode (EAD), which enables selected students to obtain a provisional admission to the university even before they appear for the Class XII board examinations. As a special privilege, these students may participate in the Head Start Workshop (HSW) and Head Start Boot Camp (HSBC). The underlying idea is to help the prospective NUtons maintain continuity of learning, experience learning on NUgget, NU’s integrated digital platform, and transition to university learning in a seamless manner.

Head Start Workshop (HSW)

HSW is a week-long intensive programme offered after a student accepts the EAD offer. Students complete two courses of one credit each, which are a part of their first semester curriculum. Students taking the engineering stream learn Python, while those from the management stream learn Business Analytics. All students enrol for the course on Communication Skills. Completing the programme awards a student a certificate of one credit each for the courses completed. This gives them a taste of university life even before regular term begins. If they do register for the undergraduate programme, they have the benefit of being ahead of their classmates.

Head Start Boot Camp (HSBC)

HSBC, a five-day programme,is offered to students post their registration to the undergraduate academic programme. It trains students in tools relevant to their chosen programmes and precedes the induction through Resonance.


Conceived, designed and developed as a unique induction programme that involves both current students and new entrants, Resonance has been part of the NU journey since its inception. Current seniors hone their organisational and leadership skills organising this event, while fresh entrants get a platform to discover their academic capabilities and showcase their extracurricular talent.

The four-week programme begins with week-long workshops on such varied subjects as actionable analytics, robotics, video editing, digital marketing, and business ideas among others. At the end of which, students get to work on a project and present their accomplishments.

The subsequent weeks witness sessions on programming, maths, skills, etc. Distinguished invitees from various fields also deliver talks on various subjects. New students are divided into groups called clusters of 25 members. Each cluster includes one faculty mentor and a fixed number of student mentors from the senior batches. This interaction encourages new students to shed their inhibitions and engage in new activities, develop soft skills, and interact with students from other disciplines. The student mentors, on the other hand, develop basic managerial and mentoring skills.

Resonance aims for the holistic and all-round development of students through the inculcation of cultural and environmental sensibilities. Group activities such as garbage collection and tree plantation entrench the concept of a green planet in their young minds. It also helps to develop a unique symbiotic relationship between the new and current students, which enriches NU’s academic ecosystem.


  • Understand time management
  • Discover new interests
  • Improve self esteem
  • Undertake leadership role
  • Inculcate team spirit and camaraderie
  • Develop social interaction skills

Resonance’s focus

  • Co-curricular activities (sports, club-based activities like photography etc.),
  • Basic and soft academic skills
  • Flagship lectures, including ‘design your future’ and ‘learning to learn’
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