Students' Federation of India
The Students Federation of India (SFI) is a student organisation in India, founded in 1970. As of 2012, it claims a membership strength of nearly 5 million among school and university students. SFI is currently led at the All India level by Ritabrata Banerjee, General Secretary and V. Sivadasan, President.
Students’ federation of India was formed through its First Conference which was held at Thiruvananthapuram between December 27 to 30th in the year 1970.
In the latter half of 1970 student leaders from various states assembled together at Calcutta and decided to form a new student organization which is committed to bring together the students of our country and lead them on issues such as radical education reforms, employment, safeguarding and expansion of democratic rights and give the students movement of our country a new and correct direction leads to the formation of Students Federation of India.
The Students Federation of India leads the University Unions in all the Universities in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura. The very fact that the Students Federation of India commands majority in almost all the colleges/schools/polytechnics/Industrial Training Institute/Professional institutions including the Engineering and Medical Colleges in these states.
A flag with a red five cornered star in the top left corner, on a white background and Independence, Democracy and Socialism written one beneath the other also in red; the ratio of length and breadth of the flag being 3:2.
The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) is a Socialist organization. The slogan of the SFI is “Independence, Democracy, and Socialism!” The SFI believes that education is a major tool of social transformation and that this concept is especially relevant in a country like India, where regressive forces still prevail. Proper education, they believe, will counteract such forces and will help to build a new society based on rationality and justice. The SFI is an organization of students which is ever aware of its role in society. It identifies with a society's progressive forces and is totally committed to the idea of independence, democracy, and socialism.
Structure of the Organization
- Central Executives Committee
- Affiliated bodies, organized on State Committee, District Committee, Zone/Area Committee, local and institution basis Committee & Units.
Areas of influence
Though SFI is active throughout India, it is most prominent in those three states that have enjoyed communist governments historically. These are the states of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh. The SFI includes students from all the academic institutions of India - from schools to colleges, from professional institutions to research academies. In Tripura there is a special sub-organisation for tribal students, named the Tribal Students Union.
Controversies, attacks and violence
SFI has been in news regularly for its attacks and violence. Although there are many incident of violent protests, attacks and murders, only some of them are being given below.
- January 15, 2014 - A Trinamool Congress student leader was beaten to death by an SFI mob in the Sandeshkhali area of North 24 Parganas district.
- April 22, 2013 - SFI activists assaulted West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office in New Delhi.
- June 16, 2011 - In Kozhikode, Kerala, SFI activists went on a rampage, destroying the door of the office and throwing chairs out of the room. The windowpanes of the buildings housing the Teachers Training Institute and Model Upper Primary School inside the compound were also smashed. As a result, four police personnel, and a school student hurt.
- June 22, 2007 - Activists of SFI misbehaved with lecturers and employees at South City College, provoking the teaching staff to resign en masse.
- July 28, 2007 - SFI activists entered the college premises and ransacked a classroom.
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The official organ Student Struggle is published monthly in English and "Chatra Sangharsh" in Hindi. Editor of "student struggle" is Shatarup Ghosh; while "Chhatra sangharsh"'s Editor is Vikram Singh and it's associate Ediitor is Sunand.Apart from, many State Committees of SFI publish magazines in the corresponding regional languages. Chhatra Sangram is the Bengali organ published by the West Bengal State Committee. Its circulation is nearly 30 thousands. Sougata Panda is the editor of the organ. Since 1964 it is publishing. It played a great role to develop the left student movement in West Bengal.Student is the Malayalam organ published by the Kerala State Committee. Resistance is the E-Journal of SFI Kerala Unit. Researcher is the journal of research scholars published by the Kerala State Committee. ఐక్య విధ్యార్థి is published in Telugu by the Andhra Pradesh State Committee of SFI. Pudhiya Paadhai is published in Tamil Nadu.
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