Dedicated to the theme ‘Bharat-Gaurav’ the 64th National Convention of ABVP witnessed the participation of 3700 delegates and exhorted the youth to play a pro-active role in the society
Ahmedabad: “Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is a formidable voice of students on various issues concerning the education and social issues. It not only raises the concerns but also comes forward with solutions. I appreciate its ‘Mission Sahasi’ and believe that such programmes of empowerment will create a fearless environment for girls,” said Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, while addressing the 64th National Conference of ABVP on Dec. 29.
Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani and former ISRO Chairman Dr AS Kiran Kumar inaugurating the National Conference in Ahmedabad
Shri Naidu suggested the ABVP to come forward in disaster management projects, skill development and promotion of government programmes also. “We need to stand together and fight problems like casteism, regionalism, oppression, Naxalism, socila evils like dowry, etc. Nationalism must be the priority and nothing else,” he said emphasising on ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ as transformation is the need of the country. The thought should be progressive and not destructive. “We should be proud of our culture and being an Indian. India is moving ahead and the world is looking at India. Youth can bring about constructive change in the society,” he added.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prof OP Kohli, Shri Nitin Patel, Shri Bhupendra Chudasama presenting Youth Award to Sandeep Joshi
On December 27, the Conference was inaugurated at Sabarmati riverfront by former ISRO Chairman Padmashri Dr AS Kiran Kumar and Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani. The inaugural ceremony was preceded by hoisting of the ABVP flag by national president Dr S Subbaiah and general secretary Shri Ashish Chauhan. About 3700 delegates from all over India presented a view of ‘Mini India’. Also, 45 delegates from Nepal participated. The theme of the Conference was ‘Bharat-Gaurav’ (pride of India). The conference venue was named after Dr Vikram Sarabhai.
In his inaugural speech Dr AS Kiran Kumar said he felt highly delighted over the naming of the conference venue after Vikram Sarabhai who was the founder of ISRO. He congratulated the delegates on being a part of change and a glorious India.
A view of the massive Shobhayatra taken out in Ahmedabad by ABVP workers
Shri Vijay Rupani said he is a Chief Minister later and a ABVP member first. He recalled his time as an ABVP activist. He said the ABVP has always fought against casteism, oppression, naxalism and regionalism.
Shri Ashish Chauhan said ABVP would establish conversations for constructiveness in the campus. ‘Mission Sahasi’ to train more than 7 lakh girl students in self-defence is an example of constructiveness of the ABVP. Dr S Subbaiah said the ABVPians are not afraid of hard work and struggle as they come from a legacy of legendary personalities who are not afraid of sacrifices.
Delegates from various parts of the country at the 64th National Conference held at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in his message, appreciated the ABVP for bringing up issues and discussing them in a constructive manner.
On 2nd day a huge Shobha Yatra was conducted from riverfront to Panchayati Square. It was warmly welcomed at different places. On third day the national organising secretary of ABVP Shri Sunil Ambekar spoke about the dynamism which ABVP adapts to change to transform the society. “There is an existence of 4N people in the society who focus on being ‘Neutral, NOTA, Non-reactive and Negative. But, the ABVP karyakartas believe in 4P—Passionate, Prepared to Choose, Pro-active and Positive,” he said. Ten parallel sessions were organised on the topics including urban naxalism, thoughts of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Positive Development in North Eastern States, Female Education and various International Perspectives, etc.
The Conference also witnessed the presence of extraordinary women’s group, “Mothers on Wheels” who covered a distance of twenty- three thousand kilometers covering sixty countries in their car. Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Nitin Patel and Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama were also present.
On last day, the new national executive of the ABVP was announced. Dr Subbiah and Ashish Chauhan were re-elected as national president and general secretary respectively. Dr Subbiah announced the new executive. The five national vice presidents are Shri Anand Paliwal, Shri Chhagan Bhai Patel, Sushri Uma Srivastava, Shri Raman Trivedi and Shri Basant Ku. National secretaries are Shri Narendra Sapam, Sushri Nidhi Tripathi, Sushri Hema Thakur, Shri Abilash Panda, Shri Bhupendra Nag and Shri Shyam Raj. Shri Sunil Ambekar was re-elected as organising secretary and Shri KN Raghunandan, Shri J. Laxman, Shri Prafula Akanth and Shri Srniwas were re-elected as joint organising secretaries.