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|Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
अखिल भारतीय विद्यार्थी परिषद
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Membership||1,834,025 (as of May 2010)|
|National President||P. Murali Manohar|
|National General Secretary||Umesh Dutt|
|Organising Secretary||Sunil Ambekar|
|Main organ||Rashtriya Chhatrashakti|
|Affiliations||Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh|
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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) (Hindi: अखिल भारतीय विद्यार्थी परिषद, English: All Indian Student Council), is a right-wing all-India student organisation working in the field of education. It is the student wing of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). ABVP was founded in 1948 and formally registered on 9 July 1949.
ABVP was started in 1948, a year after Indian Independence, with the objective of channeling students' energy toward the task of national reconstruction. It was founded by a group of students and teachers who drew their inspiration from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the premier nationalist organisation of the country, and was registered on 9 July 1949. Its growth process was slow and sporadic in its first few years, but accelerated after Professor Yeshwantrao Kelkar, a lecturer in Bombay (now Mumbai), became its main organiser in 1958. He built the organisation into what it is now, and is considered to be the real architect of the ABVP.
ABVP gradually spread its work across various universities in India to become the world's largest student organisation. Though ABVP insists that it is not a student wing of the right-wing Indian political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is related to it only because of the RSS, many of the BJP's current leaders (e.g. Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley) were originally members of the ABVP.
The group runs projects and programmes aimed at national integration and using social consciousness to solve economic and other problems. They also run programmes designed to improve the abilities of individual students, including:
- Students' Vacation Employment Bureau
- First Class First Felicitation functions
- Inter-collegiate and inter-university music competitions
- Painting competitions
- Literary competitions
- Student writers' meets
- Sports meets
- Social participation camps
- Personality development camps
- Technical, Medical, Management, and Agri student workshops
- Technical exhibitions
- Indo-foreign Students' Bureau
- Study circles and art circles
- Students' Experience in Interstate Living
- My Home is India
- Students for Development
It also campaigns for educational and university reforms and competes in student-body elections in colleges and universities to achieve these goals.
World Organisation for Students and Youth (WOSY) 
On 29 October 1985, during the International Youth Year, Indian ABVP members and foreign student delegates from 14 countries launched the World Organization of Students and Youth (WOSY) in Delhi. It was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime minister of India. It works to bring together students and youth from various countries to promote peace and the welfare of humanity.
Areas of influence 
The ABVP has a strong base in the universities in Delhi and North India. It includes students from all the academic institutions of India - from schools to colleges, from professional institutions to research academies.
ABVP mass meeting
ABVP activist protesting
See also 
- "Organizational Statistics". ABVP. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- "ABVP and RSS". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- Foundation; retrieved 31 March 2011
- "retrieved 31 January 2012 ABVP leaders". Abvp.org. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "ABVP history". Abvp.org. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- ABVP largest in world
- "ABVP not a student wing of BJP". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- ABVP leaders
- "ABVP educational reforms". Thehindu.com. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "Обновление FLV Player". Abvp.org. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
Further reading 
- ABVP (2005-12-24). "Resolutions".
- "ABVP urges policy to stop commercialisation of education". Deccan Herald. 2005-12-24.
- "ABVP Karyakartas take up Tsunami Relief Work".
- "ABVP protests against attacks on Indians in Australia".