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HISTORY OF AICUF. 1924. Catholic Young Man Guild (CYMG) It’s humble Commencing at St. Joseph’s College, Trichy . Fr. Carty, S. J. guided this CYMG A Magazine ‘The Rally’ was started. Fr. Carty SJ Founder of AICUF. 1929.

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History of aicuf


History of aicuf


  • Catholic Young Man Guild (CYMG)

  • It’s humble Commencing at St. Joseph’s College, Trichy.

  • Fr. Carty, S. J. guided this CYMG

  • A Magazine ‘The Rally’ was started.

Fr. Carty SJ

Founder of AICUF

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  • Catholic Young Man Federation (CYMF)The CYMG and the MYCL (Malabar Catholic Youth League)(Founded by Fr. Honore, S. J. in 1915) federated to form the CYMF

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  • The birth of South India Catholic University Federation (SICUF)

  • It was created after the model PAX ROMANA

  • (IMCS – International Movement of Catholic Students)

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  • Catholic Students Union

  • New Man Association

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  • The CBCI (Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India)

  • Officially recognized it as the Catholic University Movement for India.

1952 june

1952 (June)

The New National Director,

who gave a new stand to AICUF

Fr. Ceyrac SJ

1952 december

1952 (December)

  • The First AICUF National Congress was held in Madras with the theme “Unity”.

  • 2700 delegates from all over India participated.

1953 may

1953 (May)

  • The First National Leadership Camp was held in Mysore.

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  • National Secretariate shifted fromTrichytoLoyola College, Chennai.

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  • First AICUF Constitution - CSU Constitution

  • The Federation was divided into 9 Regions.

  • The First SOCIAL WORK CAMP was held.

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  • The Second National Congress was held in Bangalore with its theme, “Towards a Better World”

  • 2800 delegates attended the congress.

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  • The Third National Congress was held in Bombay

  • 2500 delegates attended the Congress

  • The theme was “Problems of Student Milieu” as its theme.

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  • Fourth National Congress was held in Ernakulum

  • 3000 delegates attended the Congress.

  • “Students and Social Justice “was the theme

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  • First National Convention in Madras.

  • The theme was “National Responsibility and Commitment”.

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  • Fr. Lawrence Colaco, S.J., was appointed National Director of AICUF.

  • The Present National Secretariat AICUF House was acquired.

  • The Constitution was revised and Federation was divided into 14 Regions.

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  • Second National Convention in Madras with theme “The India we want”.

1970 may

1970 (May)

  • The First National Consultation in Bangalore initiated the new orientation by a through study of AICUF’s function and role in the society.

1970 june

1970 (June)

  • Fr.Claude D’ Souza. S.J. was appointed National Director of AICUF.

  • Two ex-AICUF-ers joined the National Team as Full-Timers.

1970 december


  • National seminar on ‘Marxism and Christianity’ was held at Poonamallee, Madras.

  • Poonamallee declaration “We were born into an unjust society and we are determined not to leave it as we have found it”.

1972 august

1972 (August)

  • Project Know India (PKI) was born, when the central committee members made a critical evaluation of the AICUF Programmes.

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  • National Seminar on “Egalitarian Society” by the students involved in the PKI.

  • In order to evoke greater theological reflection on the historical situation of man and society and to elicit deeper motivation to strive for human freedom, training sessions for advisors were introduced.

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  • National Documentation Centre was started

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  • Serendipity sessions were started for grasping the Gospel values through the discovery method at individual and group levels.

1977 july


  • The AICUF Documentation Service began sending relevant cyclostyled materials on a regular basis to the advisors and others interested in Christian reflection and social change.

1979 july

1979 (July)

  • The Central Committee members spelt out the new vision and the main Thrust of the movement.

1982 january

1982 (January)

  • The Second National Consultation, held in Madras as an important landmark in the history of AICUF.

  • The fruit of the deliberation was the ‘Mylapore Minutes’.“Back to the Campus” and “University to the masses” were the slogans that reflect the spirit of the consultation.

1985 july


  • Constituting a constitution commission in July 1985, “to explore the various aspects of constitutional changes and to initiate the prosses of evolving a new constitution”.

1987 december


  • A non-Christian student was elected National President in August 1987.

  • The mid CCM faced this issue squarely and declared the National election unconstitutional and a fresh election was conducted.

1988 june


  • The Third National Consultation of AICUF was held at Loyola College, Madras.

1988 august


  • The CCM unanimously accepted most of the recommendations of the consultations to prepare a fresh draft incorporating all the insights of the National Consultation.

1989 june


  • In the Third National Convention the student representatives approved the Draft constitution prepared by the commission

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  • The First National Council.

  • Dalits, Tribals and Women were chosen at the target people.

After 1989


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  • 3rd National Convention from 14-17, June 1989.

    Theme: “The new AICUF constitution”

  • New Constitution

  • New Federal Set up

  • New National Adviser

  • Birth of Orissa AICUF State

Major challenges faced after 1989


  • Commercialized Education

  • Communalized and criminalized atmosphere

  • Student Movements, attending to localized issues

  • Arrival of first-generation students from Adivasi, Dalit and Women sections

  • Globalization

  • Communalism and Fundamentalism

  • Forms of Resistance and Rebuilding from the vulnerable groups.

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  • Commencement of Regular National councils

  • Summer Programmes

  • National Council from 25-29, August 1990.

  • State Policy Documents

  • All Gujarat Student Development Movement (AGSDM) got affiliated to AICUF.

  • Andhra Pradesh AICUF was banned.

  • AICUF President of Orissa Mr. PradeepKindo was killed

  • First Women’s Workshop in T.N. Conducted.

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  • Student Organization for Social Action (SOSA) was born in Andhra Pradesh, in the place of AICUF.

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  • Bangalore Catholic Student Association (BACSA) was started

  • Attempts to revive Goa AICUF.

  • National Seminar on Communalism, Chennai.

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  • Ex-AICUFers Convention

  • ‘Our Response To The Emerging Scene’

  • National Seminar on Communalism, Bangalore.

  • 5th National Council from 12-15, August 1993.

    ‘The Challenges before AICUF Today’

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  • 4th National Consultation - cum – Council from 12-15, August 1994.

    Birth of Adivasi Yuva Chetna Munch and National Dalit and women forums

  • Assessment of Five Years.

  • Forums / Commissions were born

  • National Full-timer was appointed

  • Bihar was divided into North Bihar (Dalits Predominantly) and South Bihar (Tribal)

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  • National Dalit Student Consultation at Ennore, Chennai.

  • Youth Festival in AICUF Ashram, Bhopal.

  • National Workshop on Human Rights.

  • National Council from 12-15 August 1995.

    Theme:Youth and Students of India – Their Trends and Challenges

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  • 8th National Council from 15th-18th, August 1996

    Theme:Youth & Politics, Youth & Media

  • New National Adviser Fr. K. Amal, SJ, succeeds Fr. Manu SJ.

  • A lot of revivals Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and the Tribal States

  • A lot of challenges Bihar, North East and Non-AICUF States.

  • Adivasi Yuva Chetna Manch - Policy Document was finalized.

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  • National Summer Programmes with Exposure Camps

  • National Seminars on Major Issues – Commercialization of Education, Globalization,

  • Communalism and Fundamentalism.

  • AICUF was revived in Maharashtra.

  • 9th National Council from 14 – 17, August 1997.

    Theme: Fifty Years of Independent India

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  • National Consultation - Cum – Council from August 13 – 16, 1998

    Theme:Globalisation and Communalism

  • Change in DC Team

  • Regularised Rally - Student News as a Supplement of Rally.

  • AICUF was revived in Andhra Pradesh.

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  • National Convention on June 9-12, 1999.

    Theme: Marching with the Marginalized

  • Amendments in Constitution 1989 Interim Council

  • RSA (Refugee Students’ Association) was born.

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  • 12th National Council on 28-31, August 2000

    Theme: University Students of Today - Are We Awakened?

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  • 13th National Council during 12-15, August 2001

    Theme: University Students Let’s be Conscientised and be Sensitive to the marginalized

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  • 14th National Council during 15th – 18th August 2002

    Theme: University Students – Let’s Search to Know, Realize and Assert Our Rights.

  • National Summer Programme on Student Rights are Human Rights, Chennai.

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  • 15th National Council during

    14th – 17th August 2003

    Theme: “Let us Unite and Assert Our Rights, To Evolve Alternatives towards a Just Society”.

  • Participated in ASIAN SOCIAL FORUM, Hyderabad

  • Fr. Henry Jerome, SJ succeeds Fr. K. Amal, SJ.

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  • First National Women’s Convention to be held in December at Gujarat (29th December 2004 – 1st January 2005).

  • Participated in WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, Mumbai

  • All States

  • Training in Theatre

  • Awareness Programmes

  • Protests

  • Youth Convention

  • Leadership and Personality Development

  • Journalism Seminar

  • 16th National Council and 80th year celebration of AICUF from 13th – 16th August 2004

    Theme: “Dreaming and struggling together…Stepping into the 80th Year…Sensitizing Students for a Just World…”

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  • 17th National Council during 11- 14, August 2005 on “AICUF Calls: Analyse, Assess, and Intervene to Humanize the World”

  • West Bengal AICUF gave birth to Dumka.

  • Dumka was affiliated as a new state into AICUF.

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  • 18th National Council from 12th – 15th, August 2006 on the theme “University Students: Experience, Reflect and Act; Challenging and Annihilating the Inhuman Context, Evolving the Just Society”.

  • The 18th AICUF National Council, has got a historical significance as it is the first National Council to be held outside Tamil Nadu, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

  • Delhi AICUF is now owned by Jesuit theologians of VidyaJyothi, the Jesuit theologiate in the capital.

  • First National Dalit Students Convention from May 30, 2006 to June 2, 2006 at St. Patrick’s High School campus, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

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  • 19th National Council from 11-14, August 2007 on the theme was “Revitalizing the power of University students to be with the struggles and hopes of the marginalized and to become an Empowered Civil Society”.

  • The Council was decided that AICUF had to organize the 5th National Convention.

  • First National AYCM (Adivasi Yuva Chetan Manch) Convention held in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

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  • 20th AICUF National Council from 13- 16, August 2008 on the theme was “Reclaiming Student Activism, Becoming Seeds of Resistance, University Students Resolve to be the Vanguard of the Emerging civil society”

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  • 6th National Consultation and 21st National Council from 12th -15th Aug 2010

  • Towards 5th National Convention.

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  • 5th National Convention – June 3rd to June 6th 2010, at Loyola College campus, Chennai.

    “Students, to Act and to be Political”

  • Mid-Council – 13 – 15th August 2010.

  • New National Adviser Fr. M. G. Selvin Raj, S.J, succeeds Fr. Henry Jerome S.J

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