INDORE: Ahead of the 62nd national conference of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Indore, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s students’ wing of “saffronisation of educational institutions”. The ABVP, however, claimed that Congress student’s wing was creating an issue to stay alive in the state.
The ABVP conference will be held between December 24 and 27 at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Arts & Commerce College. NSUI has launched protests against the conference outside various educational institutions.
NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede on Friday alleged that ABVP leaders have put names of heads of several prominent education institutions in its leaflet without taking their consent.
“Whichever college we visited, the top officials told us that they had no knowledge about the conference or how their name was mentioned on the ABVP leaflet,” Wankhede told HT.
He said, “We have no issue with ABVP conference. We only want them not to involve the educational institutions”.
It may be mentioned that the leaflet contains the names of Devesh Jain, group director, Prestige Group; Upinder Dhar, vice-chancellor, Shri Vaishnav Vidhyapeeth Vishwavidhyalaya; KL Thakral, chancellor, Oriental University; Sunil K Somani, vice-chancellor of Medicaps University; Kunal Kaswaliwal, secretary, Arihant Education Society; Suprabhat Chowksey, managing director, LNCT Gruop; Prof Rama Mishra, professor at DAVV; and Prof Rajendra Singh, director department of distant education at DAVV.
Rubbishing the NSUI claim, ABVP state secretary Rohin Rai said they had taken the consent of every educationist before putting their name on the leaflet.
“Initially, the NSUI and the Congress leaders had an issue with the venue. With the matter now being sub-judice, they are trying to create a new issue,” Rai said.
He claimed that the conference has nothing to do with political agenda and its sole motive is create awareness among students about the current education scenario in the country.
More than 6,000 ABVP members are likely to participate in the conference where yoga guru Ramdev is expected to be the chief guest.