National Students Union of India Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Students_Union_of_India

National Students' Union of India
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Formation9 April 1971; 51 years ago (1971-04-09)
TypeStudent wing
Legal statusActive
Headquarters5, Raisina Road, New Delhi
1,26,477 (As of 2018-19)
Chair Person
Rahul Gandhi
Neeraj Kundan
Lokesh Chugh
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The National Students Union of India NSUI, the student wing of the Indian National Congress (INC or Congress), was established on 9 April 1971. The organisation was founded by Indira Gandhi after merging the Kerala Students Union and the West Bengal State Chhatra Parishad to form a national students' organisation. Currently, As per Enrollment of Memberships, NSUI is Largest Student Organisation in India. Others are Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Students' Federation of India[1]


In order to become a member of NSUI, one must be under 27 years of age, must be a student, must be a citizen of India, must not be part of any other political organisation and must not have been convicted of any criminal activity in past.[2] NSUI categorizes its members into "Primary Members" and "Active Members". An aspiring member who applies for NSUI Membership, becomes a Primary member after the organisation's scrutiny process.[citation needed]

RTI Department[edit]

Organization Construct Committee For RTI by Appointment of Convenors.

  • Adv. Iniyan Robert, Tamilnadu.
  • Er. Sandeep Maurya, Mumbai.
  • Deepanshu Bansal, Haryana.


NSUI National Convention INQUILAB 1

NSUI is preparing itself to execute the wishes of the party president Rahul Gandhi. In the recent[when?] plenary session of the party in New Delhi, Rahul emphasised the power of youth to revitalise the Congress party.

Taking a cue from its party president, the NSUI is channeling its energy for the general elections in 2019.

The NSUI's annual session in Jaipur was expected to have a gathering of around 10,000 students, youth leaders, Congress MLAs and MPs, and heads of all the frontal organisations of the party. The session, named Inquilab, was held on 9 and 10 April 2018.

NSUI National Convention INQUILAB 2

Interestingly, a two-day conference of the BJP Yuva Morcha began in Jaipur on 7 April, days before the NSUI session. These back-to-back conferences are being seen as a serious attempt by the Congress to give the BJP a tough fight for the youth vote share.

"On the footprints of our leader Rahul Gandhi ji, the NSUI believes in fighting for the rights of the students on the basis of truth and morals. In this two-day session, NSUI will disseminate the message and decisions taken by the Congress president during the party’s plenary session, to all its cadres from across the country. It will be a training camp for our cadres in the run-up to the 2019 general election, in which first time voters will make a big difference," NSUI national president Fairoz Khan is behind the movement Inquilab. The agenda of the two-day conference was to raise demands for relaxation of age to contest Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections; setting up of a National Students’ Commission similar to the National Women's Commission and SC/ST commission; etc.[3]

NSUI National Convention INQUILAB 3

Students' Union elections[edit]

A 28-year-old from Kashmir Fairoz Khan was the face behind the National Student Union of India's (NSUI) victory in Delhi University student body polls. Within three months of being announced the national president of Congress’ student wing, Khan has made the party win in student body polls in the universities of four states—Punjab, Assam, Rajasthan and Delhi. A student of the human rights department at the University of Jammu, Khan was chosen by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for the post. Khan, who belongs to a middle-class family of Pogal Paristan village in Kashmir, said, "We had trained 600 students at DU, with at least one student in every class, who discussed students’ problems. This process went on for a month before the election dates were announced. We did not ask the students to vote for NSUI. Our request to them was to Take Back DU." Until now, Khan has managed to keep the NSUI a step ahead of its bitter rival—the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Giving credit of the victory to his team and the youth of the national capital who voted against violence and ‘forced nationalism’, Khan said, "Connecting with the students face to face, and betting on the right people worked best for the party." He believes any sort of suppression tactic over the students will not help.[4]


'Burn the chaddi' campaign[edit]

In June 2022 during the Karnataka textbook controversy the Congress students' wing NSUI (National Students Union of India) protested against the "saffronisation" of school textbooks. As a symbolic protest they burnt an underwear outside the Home of Education Minister BC Nagesh. They set fire to a pair of khaki shorts similar to the short in the uniform of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members.[5]

The BJP complained to the police accusing the NSUI activists of trying to burn the minister's house down. Siddaramaiah said, "During a protest, we symbolically burnt one underwear - just one underwear. But the police and government made it a big issue and said we are trying to burn the house... So let's start a chaddi-burning campaign,". The Congress launched a "burn-the-chaddi" campaign and Siddaramaiah announced that, as a sign of protest against RSS ‘chaddis’ would be burnt.[5]


In November 2013, two members of the NSUI were injured by police as they attempted to submit a memorandum to the district magistrate.[6] In late November, the NSUI filed a complain with the police against Madhu Kishwar, a writer who ousted the journalist that had been allegedly sexually assaulted by Tarun Tejpal.[7] NSUI national secretary Akshay Kumar, who was also elected as the joint secretary of Delhi University Students' Union in 2010, allegedly submitted fake documents to secure admission in the Department of Buddhist Studies. An FIR (first information report) was filed against him by the Department of Buddhist Studies.[8] In 2018, NSUI president Fairoz Khan stepped down from the post following the charges of sexual harassment against him.[9]

JNU attack : Nikhil Savani, Gujarat NSUI general Secretary, among over 10 injured as student body clashes with ABVP during protest against campus violence [10]

Varanasi attack: Valay Dutt Bajpai, NSUI Uttar Pradesh East General Secretary, ABVP students attacked the hostel of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth because the ABVP was wiped out in the student union of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSUI: Latest News, Videos and NSUI Photos". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ "u Membership terms". Login.nsui.in. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ "NSUI set to begin annual session in Jaipur tomorrow: Two-day conference aims to counter BJP's youth outreach - Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Meet the face behind NSUI's Delhi university win". The New Indian Express.
  5. ^ a b "Karnataka: What is 'burn the chaddi' campaign? Know why politicians are burning underwears as protest". Free Press Journal. 6 June 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  6. ^ "NSUI students lathicharged during protest at inspector's office". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  7. ^ "NSUI files complaint against Kishwar for tweeting survivor's name in Tejpal case". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  8. ^ "NSUI national secretary submitted fake degree for admission in PhD course: DU Official". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  9. ^ "NSUI president Fairoz Khan quits after Congress worker levels sexual harassment charges against him". The Hindu. PTI. 16 October 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "JNU attack: Nikhil Savani, Gujarat NSUI gen secy, among over 10 injured as student body clashes with ABVP during protest against campus violence-India News , Firstpost". 7 January 2020.

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