All India Students Federation

The All India Students' Federation (AISF) is the oldest student organisation in India founded on 12 August 1936 influenced by left-wing ideology.[1] AISF is the only students organisation present in India which was actively involved in the Indian freedom struggle.[2]

All India Students' Federation
"Challo Delhi" March for BNEGA, 18 February.
MottoOur Aim, A Country of Bhagat Singh's Dreams Study & Struggle
Formation12 August 1936
TypeStudent organisation
PurposeScientific socialism
Headquarters4/7, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi
General Secretary
Vicky Mahesari
Shuvam Banerjee
AffiliationsWorld Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), International Union of Students (IUS)


Jawaharlal Nehru Inaugurates AISF Formation Conference on 12 August 1936 at Lucknow[3]
The members of AISF first national council, elected by the first conference (1936), with Muhamnmadali Jinnah

The foundation conference of the AISF was held in the Ganga Prasad Memorial Hall of Lucknow. 936 delegates from all over the country participated in the conference.The conference was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru. In his presidential speech, M.A. Jinnah expressed happiness at the fact that people of different castes and communities had gathered in the conference with one common goal. The conference resolved to establish an All India Students Federation (AISF). Prem Narayan Bhargava was elected the first general secretary of the AISF. The Students’ Tribue became the first organ of the AISF. [3]

Hemu Kalani, an AISF leader, was arrested by the British army in 1942 for leading the Quit India Movement and he was publicly hanged in 1943 at the age of sixteen. AISF leader Kanaklata Barua was a martyrdom student who participated in the freedom struggle. AISF continued to fight for the cause of all India, until finally liberating Goa. The AISF played a huge role in completing the Kothari Commission report which is the basis for all the educational reforms in India.[4]

The slogan "Freedom, Peace and Progress", which had been raised since its formation, was amended at the 1958 National Convention. Since then, the AISF has come up with the slogan "Study & Struggle".[3] The AISF, which has constituents in 29 states, is campaigning against the commercialisation, racialisation, degradation of the education sector and for the protection of the public education. [4]

Motto and organisational structureEdit

Aisf Flag

The organisation now works for the betterment of students with its focus on peace, progress and scientific socialism. It has the banner "Freedom, Peace, Progress."Study and Struggle is the motto of AISF.

AISF as an organisation has been continuously fighting for the issues faced by students and the society at large. In India the federation has organised several awareness programmes (dramas, street theatre performances, mimes, dance, short films, etc.) and mass rallies to address various social problems in states such as, West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Gujarat, Manipur, Assam and Bihar.

The AISF has state committees in most states in India. The administrative structure of the federation is as follows,

1. National executive body

2. State executive body

3. State administrative body

4. District administrative body

5. Block level committee

6. Institutions level unions

AISF National ConferencesEdit

National Conference Year Place
(Founder Conference)
12–13 August 1936 Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
2 22 November 1936 Lahore
3 1–3 January 1938 Madras
4 1–2 January 1939 Calcutta
5 1–2 January 1940 Delhi
6 25–26 December 1940 Nagpur
"Defense Convention"
15 May 1942 Delhi
8 28–31 December 1944 Calcutta
9 20 January 1946 Guntur
10 3 January 1947 Delhi
11 29–31 December 1947 Bombay
12 23–27 July 1949 Calcutta
13 1–5 January 1953 Hyderabad
14 5–8 January 1955 Lucknow
15 2–4 January 1959 Udaipur
16 25–27 October 1961,
but it could not be held due to natural disaster
17 29 December 1965 – 2 January 1966 Pondicherry
18 21–23 December 1969 New Delhi
19 20 January 1974 Cochin
20 1–9 February 1979 Ludhiana
21 28–31 January 1983 Trichy
22 13–16 December 1985 Guntur
23 15–18 February 1991 Bokaro
24 7–9 February 1996 Hyderabad
25 18–21 October 2000 Jalandhar
26 3–6 January 2006 Chennai
27 13-15 February 2010 Puducherry
28 28-30 November 2013 Hyderabad[5]
29 27-30 September 2018 Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh[6]

General SecretariesEdit

  1. Prem Narayan Bhargava
  2. Ansar Harvani
  3. M.L.Shah
  4. M. Farooqui
  5. Perin Bharucha
  6. Prashanta Sanyal
  7. Ali Jawad Zaidi
  8. Satyapal Dang
  9. Sukhendu Mazumdar
  10. D.P. Sabbarwal
  11. N.R. Dasari
  12. Hiren Dasgupta
  13. Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy
  14. Syed Azeez Pasha
  15. Amarjeet Kaur
  16. T. Laxminarayana
  17. Sony B Thengamam
  18. T. Srinivas
  19. Vijendra Kesari[5]
  20. Abhay Taksal
  21. Vishwajeet Kumar
  22. Vicky Maheshari (Present)[6]


  1. Satyapal Dang
  2. Susheela Madiman
  3. Harish Chandra Tiwari
  4. B. Narsingha Rao
  5. Nautiyal
  6. Joginder Singh Dayal
  7. Bant Singh Brar
  8. Shambhu Sharan Shrivastava
  9. Atul Kumar Anjan
  10. Ravindra Nath Rai
  11. Rahul Bhaiji
  12. Ramakrushna Panda
  13. P. Muralidhar[5]
  14. Paramjit Dhaban
  15. Vali Ullah Khadri
  16. Shuvam Banerjee (Present)[6]

Present LeadershipEdit

In 29th National Conference held in September 2018 at Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) Vicky Mahesari from Punjab was elected as New General Secretary and Shuvam Banerjee of West Bengal was elected as New National President of AISF.[7]

Notable leadersEdit


  1. ^ "History". All India Students Federation. Archived from the original on 10 June 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "AISF fought heroically for freedom | Hyderabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "AISF has it genesis in Lucknow University | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b c "AISF Poised to Face New Challenges". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b c India, The Hans (24 September 2018). "All India Students Federation national convention on Sept 27". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. ^ "29th National Conference of All India Students Federation". ਭਵਿੱਖ - ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਨੌਜੁਆਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਬੁਲਾਰਾ. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019.

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