over the new programme is what pushed them to prominence. “First-year students felt cheated when they realised they would have to study the same courses as in school. They opted for AISA as a platform to put forward their views. This gave AISA a momentum,” Sandeep said.
According to AISA activists, the organisation is trying to build a “political consciousness” among students. “For instance, we have constantly been highlighting issues related to lack of hostels, rise in college and tuition fees,” Sunny said.
But, they admit, it is a difficult task. “First-year students are mostly apolitical. Also, it is difficult to raise much awareness before elections,” Sunny said.