Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|National President||P. Murali Manohar|
|National General Secretary||Shreehari Borikar|
|Organising Secretary||Sunil Ambekar|
|Main organ||Rashtriya Chhatrashakti|
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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) (English: All Indian Student Council), is a right-wing all-India student organisation working in the field of education. The ABVP was founded in 1948 and formally registered on 9 July 1949  and is the largest student union of India.
The ABVP was started by students in 1948, a year after Indian Independence, with the objective of channeling students' energy toward the task of national reconstruction. It was founded by a group of students and teachers, and was registered on 9 July 1949. Its growth process was slow and sporadic in its first few years, but accelerated after Professor Yeshwantrao Kelkar, a lecturer in Bombay, became its main organiser in 1958. He built the organisation into what it is now, and is considered to be the real architect of the ABVP.
The ABVP gradually spread its work across various universities in India. Contrary to the popular perception that it is the student wing of BJP, ABVP is actually the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS). It was founded before BJP. However, it participates in joint activities with BJP's official youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
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The group runs projects and programmes aimed at national integration and using social consciousness to solve economic and other problems. They also run programmes designed to improve the abilities of individual students, including:
- Students' Vacation Employment Bureau
- First Class First Felicitation functions
- Inter-collegiate and inter-university music competitions
- Painting competitions
- Literary competitions
- Student writers' meets
- Sports meets
- Social participation camps
- Personality development camps
- Technical, Medical, Management, and Agri student workshops
- Technical exhibitions
- Indo-foreign Students' Bureau
- Study circles and art circles
- My Home is India
It also campaigns for educational and university reforms and competes in student-body elections in colleges and universities to achieve these goals.
Forums initiated by ABVP
- World Organization of Students and Youth (WOSY)
- Students for Development (SFD)
- Students' Experience in Interstate Living (SEIL)
Areas of influence
The ABVP has a strong base in the universities in Delhi and North India. It includes students from all the academic institutions of India - from schools to colleges, from professional institutions to research academies. ABVP also have strong base in universities like University of Hyderabad, University of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan.
Controversies, attacks and vandalism
ABVP has been in news regularly due to its violent strategies and right-wing extremism.
- 23 April 2011 : Student activists of ABVP attacked the anchors of MTV's Roadies show in Pune.
- 18 August 2011 : ABVP cadres ransack missionary school over Anna protest in Jharkhand.
- 26 January 2012 : ABVP membres set ablaze reels of Telugu film 'Businessman (film)' on the Osmania University campus.
- 29 January 2012 : ABVP protested against the screening of Sanjay Kak's documentary Jashn-e-Azadi, forcing Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune to indefinitely postpone the seminar Voices of Kashmir.
- 14 April 2012 : ABVP members attacked Beef Festival in Osmania University.
- 24 August 2013 : After the screening of Jai Bhim Comrade and the performance by Kabir Kala Manch, ABVP attacked students of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and KKM members blaming them as Naxalite, and asked them to say Jai Narendra Modi.
- 7 September 2013 : A Kashmiri film fest was targeted by the group of right wing extremists in Hyderabad. A group of ABVP workers entered the venue just few hours after the programme started and indulged in vandalism.
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