Kerala Students Union
is the Kerala
branch of the National Students Union of India
, the student wing of the Indian National Congress
. KSU was founded on May 30, 1957 in Alappuzha
KSU entered the center stage of student politics in Kerala with the famous "Orana Samaram", a strike for travel concessions for students in buses and boats of the state. The ruling Communist government of the state led by EMS Namboodiripad dealt with the agitation with an iron fist including widespread police attacks on students, lathicharges and arrests. But the agitation was a huge success, and the government had to relent to the demands of students. From then onwards, the growth of KSU was tremendous. KSU became a "fashion" among the student community and with incessant struggles, the organization could achieve many a milestones of achievements.
Unification of fees in government and private schools and colleges, constitution of college unions and university unions through regular elections, university arts festivals, representation for students in the senate, syndicate and academic councils of universities, eradication of detention system, free education up to the plus two level etc. are only a few examples among the vast variety of achievements to its credit. Thousands of students had to shed their sweat and blood on the streets to achieve these, and the greatest of them had to lay their lives itself, like Sudhakar Akkithai, Santharam Shenoy, Thevara Murali,... Read More