All India Students Bloc

Constitution

Preamble

  1. The All India Students Bloc (AISB) owes its organisational origin from the All India Students Federation (Nationalist) formed under the leadership and inspiration of Subhas Chandra Bose during 1940.

Before it, of course, the first National Conference of all the Student organisations working in different provinces of the country was held at Lucknow in 1936 forming therefrom the All India Students Federation (AISF). This AISF was then a confederation of different student ideological paths, like that of the Gandhites, Communists, socialists and other revolutionary groups, and even the communal minded elements were hidden under its banner. But the conglomeration of such heterogeneous diverse ideological forces, obviously, couldn’t move together and unavoidable splits, therefore, occurred in different stages, resulting ultimately in the concentration of all anti-imperialist secular nationalist forces based on revolutionary socialist ideology under the leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The historic fifth National Conference of the All India body was held under the presidentship of Subhas Chandra Bose at Nagpur in 1940. It ended in a split, causing the communist students moving out from the parent body, while the main stream emerged as the AISF (Nationalist). From that time onwards, this august National body of Indian Students, with all its affiliated provincial wings, relentlessly continue their heroic fight for freedom and took part in the ‘Quit India’ movement of 1942. The AISF (Nationalist) was, therefore, banned by the British Government. Many of its members were arrested and the rest went underground to continue their fight against the Britishers. After the lifting of ban at the end of the Second World War, the AISF (Nationalist) re-organised its members and held its all India Conference at Bombay in 1945, where it was renamed as the All India Students’ Congress (AISC). But soon after, another split occurred in 1946, causing walkout of the right reactionary forces from the organisation. The mainstream left forces under the banner of AISC moved forward thereafter with its socialist ideology. In course of its various movements and onwards march, it had, of course, undergone a few other splits and mergers, and ultimately was re-named as the All India Students’ Bloc (AISB) in its conference held at Bardhaman (West Bengal) on 25 June, 1951.

  1. Thus the AISB have had the glorious historical background a fighting all along against the British imperialism and acted as a left vanguard and strong auxiliary force, supplementing the working class, the peasants and workers and the common people at large in their ceaseless struggle for India’s social order, but it is not possible to achieve this objective all of a sudden. During the period of our slavery, struggle for emancipation was the be-all and end-all of our life. We made various experiments and trials about the modus operandi of our struggle for freedom. There was a dispute about the weapon to be adopted for this struggle-whether we should follow the non-cooperation movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi or we should accept the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose who waged an uncompromising struggle against the British. Even accepting the role of Gandhiji in bringing about mass consciousness among the people of India, we may say that the uncompromising struggle launched under the leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose against British imperialism was the most helpful factor for the achievement of our country’s freedom. The student communities of our country were imbued with the ideals of Netaji Subhas Chandra and took active parts in the struggle for freedom.

Subhas Chandra gave clear directions to the students about their duties and responsibilities through different conference in 1923 and in 1926. There were already many debates as regards the propriety of the students taking part in politics. In the connection, well-argued and thoughtful speech of Surendranath Banerjee at the Madras Conference in 1898 deserves special mention. Subhas Chandra Bose also believed that no society could achieve its ideal objective without the student and youth movements. He did not look upon student movement as an aimless agitation. He regarded student movement as something inspired by some pure ideals and ideas.

It may also be particularly mentioned that while a section of the students were misled by the misconceived theory of ‘People War’, which induced them during the last forties to support the then British Government at war and thus detaching themselves from the mainstream nationalist movement, the larger section of the student community, led by the then AISF (Nationalist), the forbear of the AISB, was associated with the nation’s heroic struggle against the Britishers with the ‘Quit India’s slogan during 1942. Many of these nationalist students then sacrificed their lives and also underwent brutal oppression, sufferings and imprisonment for the cause of the country.

  1. The AISB right from its pre-independence period fought with the slogan – ‘FREEDOM, PEACE, PROGRESS’ – and after independence, it adopted the new ideological motto – ‘SOCIALISM, PEACE, and PROGRESS’. It advocates fullest implementation of democratic values in our march for prosperity.
  2. Being inspired by the revolutionary thoughts and socialistic ideas of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the AISB fights relentlessly for the establishment of a Socialist Republic and ‘a free and classless society’ in the country. Not only the political independence, the AISB also strives for achieving social and economic independence of the people. The AISB wishes to put on record its firm belief in scientific socialism.
  3. The AISB is committed to fight against all sorts of communalism, casteism, parochial regionalism and sex-inequality. It firmly stands for a secular democratic and benevolent social set up offering equal opportunity to all for overall improvement of the quality of their lives.
  4. The AISB stands for free universal and compulsory education for all up to the level of class VIII and urges for scope for further education to all who desires, irrespective of being rich or poor, men or women.
  5. The AISB will always fight against all attempts for commercialisation and communalisation of education.
  6. The AISB strongly advocates for fraternal solidarity of the world students community.
  7. The AISB unequivocally urges for right to employment and other means of livelihood after competition of education.
  8. The AISB, of course, believes that the agitation for the capture of the campus and winning seats in the Unions of colleges and universities and various programmes for solution of immediate academic problems may provide a temporary relief, but they will not initiate a true long-term student’s movement.

With the full knowledge of the existing class-based condition of the country and the obligations of the students’ community to the society, the AISB emphasizes the important role that the students should pay as an auxiliary force of effecting changes in the social structure and for establishing scientific-socialism. The AISB, at the same time, accepts socialistic revolution as the only means for establishing socialism in the country. For this purpose students must brace themselves up both on the theoretical and organisational levels.

Article – I

Name of the Organisation :            All India Students’ Bloc  (In Short A.I.S.B.)

Article – II

Aims and Objects :

  1. a) To propagate the teachings of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and other revolutionary leaders of the world.
  2. b) To initiate an effective role as auxiliary force for establishment of socialism in Indian through socialist revolution.
  3. c) To foster relations of friendship with the student community fighting against Imperialism, Neo-Colonialism Racialism and Globalisation, Liberalisation and W.T.O. aggression in the international arena.
  4. d) To endeavour to reform the policy on Education in India for the cause of well-being of the students and the country as a whole.
  5. e) To direct relentless struggle against the erosion of values in the Field of Society and Culture.
  6. f) Struggle for 100% Literacy.
  7. g) To organise the students of various Universities, Colleges, High Schools and such other Educational Institutions in India to fight for the establishment of a progressive, democrative and scientific educational system.
  8. h) To mobilise and direct the students to wage relentless struggle for the eradication of casteism, religious fundamentalism and such other antisocial evils in the society and to initiate an effective role for forging out an Indian Society to strengthen the ideas of equality, religious harmony and secularism.
  9. i) To extend support and co-operation to the struggle of the working class people and the middle class for achieving the day to day democrative rights and the common effects.

Article – III

Flag:

The Flag shall be a white flag, within red border on all sides, and its length and width shall be in the ratio of 3 : 2.

The short form of All India Students’ Bloc (A.I.S.B.) shall be inscribed in the poll side of the flag in a vertical box. At the centre of the flag, the following words shall be inscribed (in red, against red star at the beginning of each word):

Socialism

Peace

Progress

 

Article – IV

Central Office

The Central Office of the organisation located in New Delhi.

 

Article – V

Membership

  1. a) Students irrespective of their religion, caste, creed & sex are entitled to become members of the organisation.
  2. b) Students studying in Schools, Colleges and Universities may become members of the organisation.
  3. c) The minimum age of member will not be below 14 years.
  4. d) Students, after completion of their education and research, may continue their membership up to 5 years more.
  5. e) Students member from other democratic secular organisation may be admitted as its member on the re-commendation of the committee of the level concerned.

Membership Fee

Annual membership fee is fixed at five rupee only.

Distribution of Fees.

After collection, each membership fee will be distributed @ 1 Rupee to each of the Unit Committee, District Committees, State Committee and Central Committee.

Article – IV

Affiliation

Students’ organisations working in different states, Schools, Colleges, Universities or other regions in India who accept the aims and objects of the organisation and are prepared to working in compliance with the Constitution of A.I.S.B. may be affiliated to A.I.S.B. on application in the prescribed form.

Article – VII

Discipline

1)         It shall be the bounden duty of the members to observe discipline of the organisation.

2)         Acceptance of the Constitution of A.I.S.B. the programmes and policies of the organisation and the decisions taken by different units is the very basis of the organisational discipline.

3)         All members shall be equally bound by discipline irrespective of their status in the organisation.

4)         Steps for action for violation of discipline may be taken against a member if he or she is found to have committed one or more of the following.

  1. a) Violation of any provision of the Constitution of A.I.S.B.
  2. b) Refuses to obey the decisions of the organisation at an appropriate level and directive issued to him/her by the Competent Authority the organisation.
  3. c) Indulging in the creation of group or fraction within the organisation.
  4. d) Making of a speech in public, issuing statements in the press and writing and publishing of articles etc. against the decision or the organisation.
  5. e) Misconduct in behaviour with a member or anyone outside the organisation.
  6. f) Leaking out of the proceedings of a meeting or any other confidential information about the organisation outside.
  7. g) Misappropriation of fund of the organisation.

5)         To the changes levelled against a member, the concerned unit is to deal with the same after giving him/her a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

6)         Any of the following actions may be taken against a member for violation of discipline.

(i)         Warning

(ii)        Censuring

(iii)       Suspension for a certain period.

Or

(iv)       Expulsion from AISB membership

7)         An aggrieved member may go on appeal to the next higher committee. In case of Suspension or Expulsion he moves to the Central Committee.

8)         Any higher committee of the organisation may take action against lower committee for violation of discipline. Such lower committee is to be given reasonable opportunity to defend itself. Aggrieved committee can prefer appeal up to the National Council.

 

Article – VIII

 

Structure of the Organisation

  1. The organisation shall have the following committee:-
  2. a) National Council
  3. b) Central Committee
  4. c) State Committee
  5. d) District Committee
  6. e) Local Committee
  7. f) School / College / University unit Committee
  8. Composition of the Unit Committee:-
  9. a) It may be a School/College/University Committee.
  10. b) Composition of the School/College/University Committee:-

Chairman                  –       01

Vice-Chairman         –       02

General Secretary    –       01

Finance Secretary    –       01

Secretary                  –       04

Member                    –       14 in addition to the Office Bearers.

Note:   (i)         Unit Committee will be formed through annual conference at the primary level.

(ii)        Unit committee will function under local committee.

  1. Composition of the Local Committee:
  2. a) It may be formed as Town/City/Block Committee.
  3. b) Composition of the Town/City/Bloc Committee         :-

Chairman                  –       01

Vice-Chairman         –       02

General Secretary    –       01

Finance Secretary    –       01

Secretary                  –       04

Member                    –       14 in addition to the Office Bearers.

Note : (i)         Local Committee will be formed through local conference to be held in three years.

(ii)        Delegates for the district conference will be elected by the Local Committee.

  1. Composition of the District Committee:

Chairman                 –        01

Vice-Chairman         –       02

General Secretary    –       01

Finance Secretary    –       01

Secretary                  –       04

Member                    –       14 in addition to the Office Bearers.

Note : (i)         District Committee will be formed through District conference to be held in three years.

(ii)        Delegates for the state conference will be elected by the District Committee.

  1. Composition of the State Committee:

Chairman                 –        01

Vice-Chairman         –       02

General Secretary    –       01

Finance Secretary    –       01

Secretary                  –       08

Member                    –       38 in addition to the Office Bearers.

Note : (i)         State Committee will be formed through State conference to be held in three years.

(ii)        Delegates for the National conference will be elected by the State Committee.

  1. Composition of the Central Committee:

Chairman                       –        01

Vice-Chairman              –        02

General Secretary         –        01

Finance Secretary         –        01

Secretary                       –        08

Member                         –        48 in addition to the Office Bearers.

Note : (i)         The Central Committee will be formed through All India conference to be held in three years.

(ii)        Delegates for the National conference will be elected by the National Council.

 

Article – IX

Register of Members

 

  1. All Committee of the organisation shall maintain register of members within their respective jurisdiction.
  2. Any member may by a application to the unit in which he is a member seek transfer of his membership to any other unit of the organisation. The Concerned Committee shall take decision subject to the consent of the unit to which transfer has been sought for.

 

Article – X

Rights of Members

 

  1. i) A member of the organisation shall have the right to be elected and elect at the respective levels.
  2. ii) To participate in the activity of the organisation.

iii)         To take part in discussion in the organisation at the appropriate levels for formulation of policies and programme of the organisation.

  1. iv) To make proposals regarding their own work in the organisation as to get work assigned to themselves.
  2. v) In case of a difference with any decision of a unit of the organisation, a member has the right to submit his/her opinion, in writing to the higher committee.

 

Article – XI

Duties of Members

The duties of members are the following:-

  1. i) To participate in the activities of the organisation and faithfully to carry out the policy, decisions and the directives of the organisation.
  2. ii) To fight for the cause of the students community.

iii)         To observe the constitution of the organisation and organisation discipline.

  1. iv) To study the life and teachings of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and history of Freedom Movement of India, Indian traditions, culture, heritage, contemporary developments on national and international scenes.
  2. v) To study the basic principles of Scientific Socialism.
  3. vi) To subscribe one of the official organs of the organisation.

vii)       To place the interest of the organisation above personal interests.

viii)       To defend the organisation and uphold its ideology and cause against the attacks by the enemies of the organisation.

  1. ix) To fight consistently against the forces of secessionism and communalism and to defend the unity and integrity of the nation.
  2. x) Give much importance to their studies and to pass examinations with appreciable academic distinctions as far as possible

 

Article- XII

Duties of the Office Bearers

 

  1. Chairman : (a) The Chairman of the different units of the organisation shall have an overall supervision regarding the proper functioning of the units within their jurisdiction.

(b)        He is to preside over the respective organisational committees.

(c)        The president interpretation of the constitution shall be final.

  1. Vice-Chairman : Vice Chairman may act as Chairman in the absence of the later.
  2. General Secretary : (a) The General Secretary shall be the overall in charge of the Central Office and in secretariat.

(b)        All executive and administrative powers vest in the General Secretary; he shall convene the meetings draw the minutes and reports etc. and all correspondences shall be carried by him or under his authority and guidance.

  1. Secretaries : Secretaries are to help the General Secretary in all his function and also to carry out any specified functions entrusted with any of them.
  2. Finance Secretary : (a) The Finance Secretary shall be responsible for the collection and maintenance of funds and accounts.

(b)        The Finance Secretary shall present before the council the audited accounts of AISB and a budget for the future together with his suggestions for raising funds.

(General Duties of the office bearers of the lower organisational unit also may apply as above).

 

Article – XIII

National Conference and Powers

  1. National Conference: The Supreme organ of the organisation for the whole country shall be National Conference.
  2. The National Conference shall ordinarily be held once in three years.
  3. The time, place, agenda, delegation fee etc. shall be determined by the Central Committee of the organisation.
  4. Decision of the Conference, unless otherwise stated shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of the delegation present, though it shall be attempted to ensure that the decision be taken with maximum unanimity.
  5. The total number of the delegates to the National Conference shall not exceed one thousand in any case.
  6. The basis of the representation to the National Conference shall be determined by the Central Committee.
  7. The All India Chairman of A.I.S.B. shall preside over the National Conference, shall conduct the proceeding of the Conference with the help of the members of the secretariat of the Central Committee.

 

Functions and Procedures

  1. To discuss and adopt the organisational report of the Central Committee.
  2. To discuss and adopt the draft resolution prepared by the Central Committee.
  3. To discuss the Policy and Programme of the organisation and to take appropriate action on them.
  4. To amend the constitution of the A.I.S.B., if necessary.
  5. To discuss any other matter bought before it by the Central Committee.
  6. To elect the National Council.
  7. To elect the Central Committee including the members of the secretariat and office bearer.

 

Article – XIV

National Council

  1. In between National Conference the National Council shall be the highest policy forming body of the organisation.
  2. The national Conference shall elect the National Council consisting of members not exceeding 150.
  3. The National Council shall meet at least once in a year. The Central Committee shall convene the meeting of National Council.

 

Article – XV

Central Committee and Secretariat

  1. The Central Committee shall consist of members, not more than 61 including the members of the secretariat and office bearers.
  2. There may be at least one member each from all the states where organisation functions.
  3. The Central Committee shall function for a period from one regular National Conference to the next.
  4. The Central Committee shall be responsible for the implementation of the decisions adopted by the National Conference and by the National Council in addition to the decisions.
  5. The Central Committee shall maintain necessary control over the state committees in relation to their activities in the State.
  6. The Central Committee may fill up any vacancy occurring in its composition.
  7. The Central Committee shall meet ordinarily once in 3 months.
  8. The Secretariat of the Central Committee shall consist of not more than 13 members.
  9. The Secretariat of the Central Committee shall be responsible for implementation of the decisions of the Central Committee.
  10. The Secretariat of the Central Committee shall maintain accounts of money received and spent for the work of the Central Committee.

 

Article – XVI

State Conference

  1. The State Conference is the Supreme organ of the organisation in the State.
  2. The basis of composition of the state conference shall be decided by the secretariat of the State Committee.
  3. Function of the State Committee:

(a)        To discuss and adopt the organisational report placed before it by the State Committee.

(b)        To discuss the draft resolution prepared for the National Conference by the Central Committee and other matters.

(c)        To elect the State Committee including the members of its secretariat and office-bearers.

(d)        To elect delegates to the National Conference.

 

Article – XVII

State Council

  1. In between the two State Conference, the State Council shall be the highest policy making body for the State and it will meet at least once in between the two State Conference.
  2. The State Council shall be elected by the State Conference and its number of members shall not be more than 150.
  3. The main function of the State Council shall be.

(i)         To discuss and take decision on organisational report and policy statement prepared and/or any other matter referred, by the State Committees.

 

Article – XVIII

State Committee and Secretariat

  1. The State Committee shall consist of members not more than 51 including the members of the secretariat and office bearers.
  2. Functions of the State Committee shall be:
  3. a) To implement the decision taken by the State Conference.
  4. b) To enforce the decisions of the Central Committee.
  5. c) To organise students movements.
  6. d) To maintain necessary control over the District Committee.
  7. e) To manage finance of the organisation.
  8. a) There shall be a secretariat of the State Committee Consisting of members to be elected from the State Conference.
  9. b) The Secretariat of the State Committee shall take the decisions on behalf of the State Committee in between two meetings. Its proceedings shall be confirmed in the next State Committee meetings.
  10. c) The Secretariat of the State Committee shall maintain accounts for the money received and spent and shall place before the State Committee for its approval.

 

Article – XIX

Requisition meeting

If the meetings of a Committee are not held regularly in accordance with the constitution and the General Secretary is found unwilling to convene the meeting on request or on written notice (within one month from date of notice), at least one third members of the Committee may call the requisition meeting issuing notice to all members, and proceedings of such meeting shall be valid and binding on its component bodies.

 

Article – XXI

Notice and Quorum

To constitute quorum it requires the presence of 1/3rd of members in very organisational committee and in case of council meetings or delegate session 1/5th of the total strength will be quorum.

Notice for the National Council and Central Committee shall be sent before 15 days of the meeting. Notice for the State Committees and District Committee shall be sent ordinarily before 10 days of meeting. In exceptional circumstances 3 days’ notice will be sufficient.

 

Article – XXII

Amendment of the Constitution

The Constitution of the organisation (A.I.S.B.) can be amended generally by the National Conference or in case of emergency only by the National Council by a 2/3rd majority of members present and voting.

(The Amended version of this constitution has been discussed and approved at the 6th National Conference held in Kolkata on 6th – 8th January, 2003)