NSUI names student members from Valley; List contains of around 550 students

By: Umer Maqbool
Srinagar, Dec 14: The students’wing of Congress – National Students Union of India (NSUI) – has made public names of the students of the universities and colleges of the Valley enrolled as its members. Around 550 students have been enrolled as NSUI members across the Valley.
According to the available details on the website of NSUI, more than 250 students undergoing studies in Kashmir University and other institutions in the Valley have applied for the membership of the party in Srinagar district alone. The website reveals that Kashmir University tops the list of NSUI cadres with 113 members followed by Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar with 54 members, Government College for Women (GCW) MA Road Srinagar 51 members and SKIMS medical college Bemina with 50 members.
The details, part of the scrutiny process of the NSUI elections, provide all particulars of the students i.e, form number, first name, last name, college/university name, educational course and the year of study. And the details of academic institutions have been given separately.
NSUI has also sizeable presence in Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and SSM College of Engineering and Technology with 51 students enrolled in each institution.
The website discloses that NSUI has also foothold in Government Degree College (Boys) Budgam, ITI Islamabad (Anantnag), Government Degree College Kokernag, Government Degree College Boys Anantnag and Government Degree College Kulgam, with around 40-55 students in these institution.
Pertinently, the membership drive of NSUI is political in nature as “aspiring members should not be part of any other political organization, or must relinquish their membership in any other political organization.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir, NSUI election in-charge Jammu and Kashmir, Dipankar Tripathi, said the names have been displayed for the convenience of the student members of the party.
“We have put names on the website for general information about our members. It also helps our members in case they find discrepancy in their particulars given, they can approach us for rectifying it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the heads of different academic institutions expressed ignorance about the membership drive carried out in their institutions.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Registrar of Kashmir University, Prof. Sayeed Fayaz said that they haven’t allowed any political party to carry membership drive in the university. “We don’t have any information about how they carried out the exercise,” he added.
“There has been no such membership drive in the campus, but we are not responsible for joining of the students in their individual capacity outside the campus,” Principal GMC, Dr. Qazi Masood told Greater Kashmir.
The authorities of SSM College Parihaspora Pattan echoed the same views.
“We don’t encourage involvement of students in politics as it hampers their studies,” Qazi Shabir, chairman SSM College said.
The disclosure of the names comes at the time when students of Kashmir University are demanding revival of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) which was banned some years ago. Pertinently, the politics has been banned in academic institutions of Kashmir since the eruption of conflict in 1989.

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