About Us

With 40 Lakh Members and a presence in 15,000 Colleges across the country, NSUI is the World’s Largest Progressive Student Organisation. We stand for Freedom, Opportunity and, Justice for all. Students are nation builders. NSUI is YOUR platform to set the national agenda. Join us.


History of NSUI

Since our inception on 9th April, 1971, NSUI has been lighting the torch of student activism which has been passing from one generation of student activists to another. This torch has remained ignited with the idea of safeguarding the rights of student community alongside instilling a sense of citizenship among students. Student activists have been identified, groomed and moulded into leaders in various fields proficient to represent the Nation.

01 Pre-Independence Movement

Student movement reached its apex during the struggle for independence due to strong participation of students from all sections of the society. Prior to 1950, the student activism of the Indian National Congress were carried out by the youth wing of the AICC.

02 Post-Independence Movement

The student movement in Kerala and West Bengal gained momentum and resulted in the formation of the West Bengal Chhatra Parishad and the Kerala Students’ Union under the vast Congress canvas. Taking inspiration from these, Smt Indira Gandhi laid the foundation of the NSUI on 9th April 1971 to represent the voice of millions of students irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or region.

In 2007, Shri Rahul Gandhi brought about a revolution by democratizing the organization with open membership process and electing office bearers at all levels. This transformation process allowed many young leaders, without political background, to emerge from the grass root.


Mission & Values

The mission of the NSUI is "To empower the student community to create responsible citizens and leaders based on the values of democracy, secularism, liberty, quality & equality".

Our values underlie our work, how we interact with each other and the path we choose to fulfil our mission.

Our Values

Our cardinal values broadly are Secularism, Democracy, Inclusive Development, Social Justice and Nationalism.


Secularism and democracy are the twin pillars of our Nation and the very foundation of our society. From time immemorial, vast majority of us strongly believe in secularism, religious tolerance, peace and humanity - Smt Indira Gandhi, 1967.

Secularism is the bedrock of our nationhood, secularism is defined as “Sarva Dharma Samabhava”, which allows every religion to flourish in our country. Every community, every caste, every linguistic group must be allowed freedom to flourish, prosper and develop, yet they must be woven into one, unified India - Rajiv Gandhi in October 1986.


I have envisaged, a democracy established through non-violence. There will be equal freedom for all. Everybody will be his own master. It is to join a struggle for such democracy that I invite you today - Mahatma Gandhi.

Today countries where democracy was born are all much wealthier than India, and skeptics might say that it is too soon for India to talk about social democracy. In every country, where social democracy took root, it was built by brick by brick over many generations and was further energized by economic growth. In those countries, social democracy not only proved to be good politics, it also turned out to be good economics. It brought the state, business and labour onto a common platform in pursuit of a shared vision : the vision of a more equal, more caring society - Smt Sonia Gandhi during her address at the 10th Indira Gandhi Conference, 2010

Inclusive Development

We have achieved political freedom, but our revolution is not yet complete and is still in progress. Political freedom without economic progress will not make people happy. Therefore it is critical to raise the living standards of our people and remove all that comes in the way of economic growth of the nation. Fruits of the cultivation should go to the tiller of the soil and the possession of the land should go to the farmer - Jawaharlal Nehru during in his address to the US Congress October 13, 1949.

Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfillment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development - Rajiv Gandhi

Social Justice

To say that a human being, because of his birth, becomes and untouchable, unapproachable or invisible, is to deny God - Mahatma Gandhi

As long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you - Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar

Is there anything more important than development? Yes there is: Izzat (dignity). There can be no development without dignity. What does government mean? It means ensuring the dignity of every citizen, women, young, old, dalit and adivasi - Rahul Gandhi


In 2007, Shri Rahul Gandhi brought about a revolution by democratizing the organization with open membership process and electing office bearers at all levels. This transformation process allowed many young leaders, without political background, to emerge from the grass root.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The objective of the NSUI is to mould future leaders for the nation and to organise the students of India towards the realization of the objectives of the Indian National Congress. The Organisation draws its strength from the character, values and conduct of its members. This Code of Conduct sets out the Organisation’s ethical philosophy and the behavioural norms which members and office-bearers are expected to adhere to.

The behavioural norms specified in the Code of Conduct are intended to foster Good Citizenship, Organisational Strengthening and Personal Development. The behavioural norms have been classified as Mandatory and Desirable.

The Mandatory standards of conduct go to the very heart of our Organization’s belief system and these are non-negotiable irrespective of time, place or circumstance. Any violation of these standards by any member or office-bearer shall attract disciplinary action by the competent organisational authority. The Desirable norms are good practices which will bring the lives of Members closer to the philosophy of the Organisation. Adherence to these norms cannot be externally enforced; it must be an outcome of the personal accountability that comes when a Member awakens to the Message of the Organisation. Members are therefore encouraged to reflect upon the need for these practices and incorporate them into their lives on a voluntary basis. However, disciplinary action may be taken against the concerned member or office bearer if any violation of Desirable norms brings public disrepute to the image of the Organisation. The Organisation will have a higher expectation from office-bearers in this respect than it does from members.

01 Mandatory Standards of Conduct

  • All members will adhere to and owe sole allegiance to the Constitutions of Indian National Congress and National Students Union of India. All members and office bearers must follow all organisational processes, rules and guidelines issued from time to time.
  • Members will not use their organisational position or membership for personal financial gains.
  • Members will not involve in anti-party activities and shall work at all time to maintain organisational integrity. They are expected to maintain organisational protocol, respect senior leaders of the Party and refrain from speaking against the Party/Organisational stand in public. Any misuse of organisational funds, and false complaints against fellow members and office-bearers shall not be acceptable.
  • NSUI is the only student organisation affiliated to the Indian National Congress party. Therefore, no member or office-bearer of NSUI will form or associate with any other student organisation in the name of any party leader or others.
  • Members will refrain from acts of violence, physical and verbal intimidation, use of foul language or indecent behaviour.
  • Members will strive at all times to treat everyone equally and strengthen the fabric of national unity. No member shall discriminate against anyone on the basis of caste, religion, language, region or gender. Members will not indulge in any activity that may harm the social fabric and communal harmony and lead to the division/discrimination of the people on communal/caste lines.
  • Members will not be involved in any criminal/anti-social/anti-national activities, or any grave offence involving moral turpitude.
  • NSUI members will renounce social evils such as dowry, female foeticide and violence against women.

02 Desirable Norms of Behaviour

  • All members will strive to lead a life of simplicity and austerity. Members are expected to refrain from public display of wealth and power such as the use of big luxury vehicles, beacon lights on vehicles, and extravagant celebrations of personal/family/organisational functions.
  • Members will strive to be free of bad habits such as smoking, the consumption of gutka, pan masala, alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. They will also promote anti-addiction/de-addiction activities.
  • To avoid public inconvenience, NSUI members will ensure that essential services are not disrupted by any program of the organisation and no damage is caused to public property.
  • Reception of leaders at railway stations and airports when required should be simple and avoid show of strength and disruption of traffic.
  • NSUI members will not give/receive expensive articles as gift to/from anyone.
  • Members will do community work/social service throughout the year. This may be in the form of adopting a village/school/slum area etc. and engaging in positive social activity in the same in the form of shramdaan (to promote dignity of labour), medical camps, educational activities, environmental awareness, promotion of Khadi, cleanliness etc.
  • Members will volunteer speedy help, relief and security to those in need in situations of natural and man-made calamities.
  • NSUI members will not involve in any form of ragging and related activities.
  • NSUI members are expected to be good/model students having respect for faculty, institutional rules, campus discipline and attendance in classes.