Student Leader Interview - Ashish Singh from Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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1. Tell us more about your role & responsibilities?

As an activist I have to work as a link between the students and the organisation, making sure their voices are heard and issues pertaining to them are taken up. 

I work as a part of the college unit and as a part of the larger group of ABVP Delhi as a whole too, handling work as directed by the organisation.

2. How did you rise up to your position and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it?

I have been a part of the ABVP for more than a year and a half now. Starting out as a member of the college unit of ABVP, frequent participation in its programs and various student movements helped me get noticed and brought more responsibilities my way. 

A part of the media team and as a Karyakarta for the college team, my focus is never on "rising up" to a position, but to work for the students and the organisation. 

My philosophy and what I would advice anyone who aspires to be politically active is simple, do selfless work and you will be noticed. Your work should be directed at solving people's problems and not at just propelling you upwards.

3. What's it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

Time management is key when it comes to student activism. We, as an organisation believe that students are citizens of today, contrary to the conventional belief of them being citizens of future. 

As citizens of today we need to be aware of the happenings around us and be an active participant in social life. While it does need some discipline to be able to manage both activism and studies well, it can be done if we stay focused.

4. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learning from what you do?

The last one year has been of political turmoil, with campuses witnessing increased political activity. The major challenge for me has been to maintain personal relations with people across ideologies, and try and foster an environment of healthy discussion and debate. 

I have also learnt to not react instantaneously to things and to take my time and analyse them.

5. Do you enjoy the kind of influence you hold at such a young age?

I would not really call it influence, rather the feeling of camaraderie and brotherhood that comes from being a part of an organisation. I sure enjoy that feeling, and have made a lot of great friends. 

If influence works in such a way where it inspires people to partake in a good cause, I am happy with that.

6. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

Internships and conferences are a great learning opportunity, and help us face up with real world challenges, and learn from the masters of the field. 

Students must take all the opportunities that come their way and help them grow by honing their skills.

                                        Ashish Singh
                                   Student Leader, ABVP

Interview By - Mohit Kumar Singh

Student Leader Interview - Ashish Singh from Ramjas College, University of Delhi Student Leader Interview - Ashish Singh from Ramjas College, University of Delhi Reviewed by VARNIKA AGGARWAL on April 18, 2020 Rating: 5

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