AICUF

AICUF
        

      All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) is an organization of  university students. The movement was started in 1924, at St.Joseph's College, Thiruchirappalli by Fr. Carty, SJ. Currently it operates in 14 states of India. The organization is affiliated to Pax-Romana, an international association of catholic professionals. 

History  
         The Catholic Young Men Guild (CYMG), started by a group of college students with the guidance of Fr. P. Carty SJ at St.Joseph's College, Trichy was an organization in the tradition of 'Catholic Action'. The guild had the following principal aims: a) the spirit of Christian Brotherhood b) informed catholic mind c) application of catholic principles to social problems Study clubs were main units for functioning. The Rally, the student magazine accompanied the guild from its inception. It was then merged with the MCYL (Malabar Catholic Youth League) that was founded by Fr. Honore SJ in 1915. CYMG was renamed as CYMF (Catholic Young Men Federation). In 1937 CYMF grew far and wide in the Southern part of India and got re-christened itself as SICUF. SICUF became AICUF in 1949 as a national level student movement and got recognized by CBCI (Catholic Bishops' Conference of India). AICUF publishes an alternative student monthly 'THE RALLY' in English. The Rally is a mouth piece of AICUF. It deals with the current educational, social, cultural and political scenario of the country on various themes.

Preamble
 We the members of the All India Catholic University Federation stand for the service and liberation of all human persons, as Jesus did, irrespective of caste, sex, language or belief.
 As members of the larger human family, we affirm our solidarity with all those engaged in the struggle for peace, human and democratic rights and for a world marked by growing economic interdependence and equality. We recognise and respect plurality of cultures, religions and ideologies contributing to the growth of human beings as created in the image of God.
 As Citizens of India and an integral part of a nation striving to discover a new identity and to build a new and just social, economic and political order, we opt to place ourselves on the side of the oppressed and the marginalised and continue to struggle till the end.
 As men and women in the universities, we understand that these institutions, though part of an unjust power structure, still provide space for debate and dissent which we shall utilise in 

The process of social change.
 As members of a Christian movement, we draw our inspiration from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, in our attempt to build, in solidarity with men and women of various faiths, a new society and university in tune with the needs and aspiration of oppressed masses.

 Aims and Objectives
To enable students to develop a critical awareness and analysis of the Indian and world situation, to cultivate a deep and genuine concern for the oppressed and marginalised and to effectively commit themselves to the task of building a new and just society.
 To help students evolve a spirituality that has humanisation as its core, through involvement and reflection.
 To motivate students to become involved in studies, research and activities linked to broader social issues and struggles with a view to becoming a creative and critical force within the university.
 To enable Christian students to play a prophetic role in their communities through a living and critical understanding of their faith, drawing inspiration from the Gospels, the Eucharist and their prayer life.