All India Students Association

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All India Students Association
All India Students' Association Aisa.jpg
AbbreviationAISA
Formation9 August 1990
TypeStudent Organisation
HeadquartersIndia
National President
Sucheta
National General Secretary
Sandeep Saurav
National Vice-Presidents
Farhan, Rinki, Ranjeet and Ranajoy
National Joint Secretaries
Ajit, Saikat, Abhilasha and Sunil
Websitewww.aisa.in

All India Students' Association (AISA) is a left-wing student organisation of India. It is the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation. AISA was founded in Allahabad on 9 August 1990 with the merger of several left wing student organisations operating in different states.[1] Sucheta De is the national president of AISA and Sandeep Saurav is its National General Secretary.[2]

Formed in the early 1990s, AISA represents a radical assertion of students against the commercialization of education, communalism and for social justice and equality. AISA stands as a social force dedicated to upholding and furthering the values of gender equality and secularism. The positive interventions of the AISA - movement resulted into a rapidly growing popularity of the organization from the 1990s. When BJP was riding the communal wave in post Babri demotion time, AISA challenged ABVP in its so called forts across North India. AISA rose as a popular student organization against communal forces in several campuses, wining student union elections in Kumaon University, Allahabad University, BHU and JNU.[3]

AISA has organisational presence in Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. AISA achieved sustained electoral success in Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union elections till 2017.

Organizational Structure[edit]

National conferences[edit]

The national conference is the highest decision making body. It has a very important role in the constitution of the organisation and its policy making. It reviews all previous activities and promulgates the political, organisational and financial report.[4]

The first national conference for AISA took place on its foundation day, i.e. on 9 August 1990 at Allahabad. The second national conference was held in Delhi in 1994, the third in 1998 at Patna, the fourth in Allahabad (2001), the fifth in Calcutta (2004), and the sixth at Muzaffarpur, Bihar on 6–7 December 2006,[5] the seventh took place at Kolkata from 8–10 February 2010.[6] Recently, the eighth national conference took place in New Delhi from 10–11 May 2015.[2]

National Council[edit]

National Council is elected by national conferences, the highest governing body. It is the highest policy making body in the interim period between two National Conferences. It decides the numbers of council members, will elect the office bearers and national executive council and discuss the report presented by the executive council regarding the implementation of decisions taken by it. It also has the right to make any change in the constitution, except its objective, aims and directions, with two-third majority.[4]

National Executive[edit]

The numbers of members of National Executive Council is decided by National Council. It act as the highest body in the interim period between two seatings of National Council. It distributes the responsibilities among the office bearers and can even institute a new department. It also decides the structure of the advisory body.[4]

Office Bearers of the organization[edit]

President, General Secretary, Vice President, Joint-Secretary and Office Secretary are the office bearers in the organisation, which are selected by the National Council. President and General Secretary represents the organization.[4]

General Secretary[edit]

General Secretary is the executive head of the organization and the in-charge of the financial matters. It calls the meetings of the National Council, National Executive Council and present the reports in these meetings.[4]

AISA in Delhi[edit]

AISA in Delhi has pioneered, fought and won several progressive policies to democratise campuses over the last 28 years.

Struggles for Social Justice and Inclusive Education System[edit]

  • The very first JNUSU (1993–94) led by AISA successfully fought to restore the unique ‘deprivation point’ system in JNU’s admissions, ensuring greater space for women and students who have faced various social deprivations. After OBC reservations got introduced, deprivation points for the OBCs got withdrawn but other deprivation points continue even now. So, students from deprived districts; women and transgender students; first generation learners; displaced Kashmiri migrants; wards or widows of defence personnel killed or disabled in service get deprivation points that help them get admission in JNU.
  • In 2006, the Youth For Equality tried to kindle a frenzy against OBC reservations, AISA held a parallel hunger strike for social justice in defence of reservations, which attracted overwhelming support and foiled the YFE attempt.
  • When OBC reservation in academic institutions became a law in 2008, AISA defeated the nefarious plan of faulty “cut-off” criteria to scuttle the reservation through a three-year long legal and political struggle that resulted in a victory won from the Supreme Court in 2011- a verdict of national significance that salvaged and defended OBC reservations across the country.
  • In a step forward in this fight, AISA won the struggle in favour of 5% relaxations in the minimum qualification for application for OBC students.
  • The AISA-led JNUSU’s struggle ensured that students with Madarsa certificates could join JNU from 2008, putting an end to a decades-old discriminatory practice against students from Madarsa backgrounds.

Fights against Sexual Harassment, Women’s Autonomy and Freedom[edit]

  • The AISA-led JNUSU in 1995-96 proposed an independent committee to look into sexual harassment complaints– making JNU one of the first institutions to set up the GSCASH in 1999 following Supreme Court’s directive.
  • In December 2012, JNU students were at the forefront of the anti-rape agitation on the streets of Delhi, demanding ‘Bekhauf Azaadi’ (Fearless Freedom) and women's autonomy against victim blaming. AISA have consistently fought against the right-wing moral policing and criminalization of homosexuality.

Movement against Privatization of Education and Fee Hike[edit]

  • The JNUSU of 1995-96 headed by Comrade Chandrashekhar of AISA led an agitation that defeated the move to hike fees and commercialize JNU. As a result, students from very humble economic backgrounds are able to survive in JNU instead of being pushed out by high fees.
  • In 2004-05, AISA led a massive student movement to drive out the Nestle outlet and stopped corporate takeover of our dhaba spaces, defending the rights of small shop owners on campus.[7]
  • AISA also spearheaded the Occupy UGC agitation, against the Modi Government’s cuts in UGC fellowships and seats in higher education, and against the plans to undermine India’s autonomy in higher education at the WTO. Against Government’s all-round attack on education through massive fund-cuts, saffronized appointments and syllabus, CBCS, Central University Bill, RUSA and Lyngdoh, JNU students have always vigorously campaigned throughout the country and led several national mobilizations.
  • It has organised mass delegation against the proposed reforms under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in Delhi University. It also carried out an online petition campaign against the introduction of the CBCS along with DUTA.[8]

Struggles for Academic Excellence, Infrastructural Facilities and Workers’ Rights in Campus[edit]

  • AISA-led JNUSU in 2013-14 fought a protracted battle to defeat the move to ‘delink’ BA-MA programme in School of Languages, through series of protests and a historic Students’ Referendum (7 Oct 2013). At the same time that they were fighting against Delinking in JNU, AISA also fought back FYUP in Delhi University- building humungous pressure through a Referendum in which more than 13,000 students participated.
  • During 2013-14, AISA-led JNUSU ensured the opening of library round-the-clock, worked towards building an open access JNU Press and built consistent pressure for a Barrier Free Campus for students with disabilities. Student union has consistently fought for the facilities of hostel and dormitories. In spite of bureaucratic obstructions by the Government to construct hostels, several dormitories were made last year as temporary provisions for students.
  • AISA led a historic movement in 2006-2007 for ensuring workers’ rights and minimum wages in JNU. Since then, students have continued to support contract workers of JNU in forming Unions and protesting to end manual scavenging, ensure safety equipment, maternity entitlements and other rights.

Student elections[edit]

AISA has consistently won in JNU Students Union (JNUSU) elections since 2006.[9][10][11] AISA has emerged as the main left wing force in Delhi University since 2013 elections.[12][13][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AISA : Manifesto". AISA. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "AISA's 8th National Conference Calls for Nationwide Movement Against Common Central University Bill, CBCS, RUSA, 'Binding Commitments' at WTO, and Attacks on Campus Democracy!". AISA. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Introduction - All India Students' Association (AISA)". www.aisa.in. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e "AISA : Constitution". AISA. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "CPI(ML) Liberation : December 2006 Report". CPI (ML) Liberation. January 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "AISA's 7th National Conference". CPI (ML) Liberation. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ "JNU on a caffeine high | HARD NEWS". www.hardnewsmedia.com. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  8. ^ a b "Choice-Based Credit System Leaves Students With No Choice". Tehelka Magazine, Volume 12 Issue 14. 4 April 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  9. ^ "History repeats itself, AISA wins JNU polls". Deccan Herald. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ "AISA sweeps JNU's student union polls, wins all 4 top positions". IBN Live. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  11. ^ "JNU: AISA wins polls, strong show by ABVP". Hindustan Times. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  12. ^ "DUSU elections: Stand on 4-year course fuels AISA's rise". Times of India. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Beating money power, left makes a mark in Delhi University polls". DNA India. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.

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