A drone view of the opening ceremony of ABVP’s 65th Conference in Agra
The 65th National Conference of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad held in Agra from November 22 to 25, 2019 was historical in the sense that for the first time a woman, Nidhi Tripathi, was elevated as national general secretary of the organisation
The 65th National Conference of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) concluded in Agra on November 25 with the call for major reforms in the functioning of state universities. In a resolution, it stressed that Central and State Governments should formulate a scheme for effective and continuous funding to the state universities. “The funding through UGC and RUSA has increased but that needs to be classified inclusively. As per our earlier demand, the central and state universities should be equally taken care of,” the resolution said demanding withdrawal of income tax on state universities and GST on the outsourced services. The ABVP also said that the number of affiliated colleges in universities should be reduced and their area of jurisdiction should effectively be regulated. Over one thousand delegates from across the country participated in the four-day conference that began on November 22.
The ABVP described the amendment in Article 370 and 35A in J&K, as a historical decision and stressed that the challenge of unemployment should now be tackled by promoting tourism and other small-scale industries along with establishing large industries in J&K. “The State should ensure the security of every individual. Traders, businessmen and shopkeepers should feel secure from the menace of separatism and terrorism. Temples and places of cultural and spiritual importance damaged by terrorists and extremists should be reconstructed, repaired and opened for public. The declaration by Government regarding the opening of temples is a welcome step and should be executed at the earliest. Lack of basic necessities like education and health in the region of Ladakh should be addressed as a matter of priority,” the resolution added.
The ABVP welcomed the long-awaitted verdict of SC on Shri Ramjanmabhoomi. “World’s most significant court verdict has taken away the anxiety among the people. The ethos of unity in diversity was experienced when the court pronounced its verdict. People of India have a strong belief that a grand temple of Shri Ram will be elevated in time. This 65th National Conference of ABVP congratulates everybody who is the reason in bringing a positive and vibrant environment filled with oneness,” the resolution on Shri Ram temple said.
In another resolution on present scenario in the country, the conference expressed concern over the growing influence of drugs in young minds of the country. “A UN study claims that there has been a 30% increase in the use of drugs when compared to the last decade in India. People belonging to 15-65 years of age are the most influenced and involved in it. ABVP appeals to the people, especially the youngsters to address these problems and overcome it at the earliest and create a drug-free society. This conference also demands the union government to execute the NRC law across the country in all states,” the resolution said.
Addressing the conference, national organising secretary Shri Sunil Ambekar, shared his insights about the working methodology of ABVP. He said the functioning of ABVP is rigid as well as flexible—the rigidity lies in basic principles and flexibility in methods of implementation. Regarding the relevance of the working system, he said it is still relevant despite the expansion of the organisation across India. He added that basics include ideas like engagement of everyone without any difference between karyakartas, everybody is important, focus on development of karyakarta as well as contribution to nation, etc. He said one of the principles currently adopted by
ABVP is ‘group for every work and work for every group’. He added that the quantity and quality of work entailed and the personality development of a karyakarta are important for the organisation. The difference between ABVP and other organisations is that the focus of ABVP’s programmes is to make a karyakarta out of the participants. He said notwithstanding the fact that the scale of operation of ABVP has multiplied over time, the basic fundamentals of functioning should not be given up, rather the members should evolve new and innovative ways with changing times. He said a karyakarta’s personal life should be integrated with his public life i.e. the decision of organisation should be his stand. The difference between a karyakarta’s words and actions should be as minimum as possible. He also asked the young karyakartas to make their lives as an inspiration for others to follow.
National president Dr. S. Subbaih said the ABVP was established with the aim of national reconstruction. In the journey since 1960s, its working system has evolved continuously with new experiments. Prof Santosh Mehrotra delivered a lecture on Industrial Policy to ensure Economic Growth, while Shri Satish Marathe spoke on the topic ‘India isn’t midst of economic crisis. Girls Incharge in ABVP Sushri Mamata Yadav spoke on women and youth.
On last day of the Conference, Prof. Yashwant Rao Kelkar Youth Award was presented to Sagar Reddy by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath. Shri Reddy told the gathering how his parents were killed and how Shri Sunil Ambekar of ABVP helped him all his life. Shri Yogi Aditya Nath appreciated the zeal and enthusiasm with which Sagar Reddy has been working for the orphan kids.
Dr. S. Subbaih and Nidhi Tripathi took over as president and general secretary respectively. Shri Ashish Chauhan is the new organising secretary. The are some other changes also in the organisation.