People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 26

July 01, 2012


SFI Conference Logo Released


ON June 18, the logo of the coming 14th all-India conference of the Students Federation of India (SFI) was released at a press conference organised at the Chennai Press Club.. Addressing the journalists on the occasion, the SFI’s all-India general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee informed that the 14th all-India conference of the organisation was going to be held at Madurai in Tamilnadu from September 4 to 7.


According to the information Banerjee gave, the conference would start with a huge public rally of students on September 4 and the main speaker at the rally would be Sitaram Yechury, a former all-India president of the organisation. The delegates session would begin on September 5, which is observed as the Teachers Day, and it would be inaugurated by eminent economist and former SFI activist, Professor C P Chandrasekhar.


The conference manch would be named after Comrade C Bhaskaran, the SFI’s founder president, and Comrade Subhash Chakraborty, a former general secretary. The venue (nagar) would be named after two martyr student comrades in Tamilnadu --- Comrade Somasundharam and Comrade Chembulingam. The stage of the open rally would be in the name of six valiant martyrs of the organisation who sacrificed their lives in the period since the last all-India conference of the SFI, viz, Comrades Abhijit, Partha, Tilak, Swapan, Bijesh and Anish. No less than 750 delegates and observers, representing forty lakhs of student members all over the country, would participate in the conference.


The central call of the coming conference would be to intensify struggles against the commercialisation and centralisation of education, and for democratic rights and equitable access. Biman Basu, founder general secretary of the SFI, would address the conference on September 6.


The Tamilnadu state committee of the SFI has taken up a series of programmes for the period up to the month of September, in order to carry the message of the conference to all students in the state. Campaign programmes regarding the conference will be there in all the states.


SFI president P K Biju and general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee released the logo for the conference at the Chennai Press Club. Central secretariat member K S Kanakraj who is also the president of the SFI’s Tamilnadu state committee, and Rajmohan, secretary of the Tamilnadu state committee, were also present at the logo release function.