The Congress has decided to conduct written tests for candidates applying for National Students Union of India (NSUI) president, according to a report by Indian Express. The NSUI is the student wing of the party. The questions that are being asked includes these ones that go: “List the top five issues facing the country currently. Write 300 words explaining your position on any one issue.” As suggested, the question is from a general knowledge test for job applicants, the report said.
This is for the first time that the Congress has come out with an open application for selecting the NSUI president. As per Indian Express report, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have set up a panel to oversee the process for appointment of the NSUI national president. It is being headed by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, AICC secretary in charge of NSUI Girish Chodankar, former Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Natarajan, Krishna Allavuru, Yashasvi Mishra, Ruchi Gupta and former presidents of the students’ body.
Many within the party are surprised with the way the party is going about the exercise of selecting future leaders. “To my knowledge, Yashasvi Mishra is not even a member of the NSUI,” said one senior leader was quoted as saying by Indian Express. “Look at the eligibility criteria. An NSUI activist at any level who has completed at least one year with the organisation can apply for the job. How can you allow anybody who has completed just one year in NSUI to apply? That way the entire country will apply,” a leader told the paper.
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A senior leader, who is part of the exercise, dismissed the criticism. “This time we have opened up the entire process. Even a college unit president can apply. We are looking for a student activist, not a leader,” the leader was quoted by the paper as saying. “Have you seen such a process in the ABVP or the SFI? You will not find such an open process in any student body. Many student activists have appreciated the process,” he added.