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The All India Catholic University Federation is a movement of university students and is often indicated by the acronym, AICUF. In 1924, this movement was started in St. Joseph's College, Trichirappalli by Rev Fr Carty SJ. Later it spread its wings all over India and now it operates in 14 states of India. In Tamil Nadu it functions in more than 50 colleges.

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 marginalized and to effectively commit themselves to the task of building a new and just society.
To help students evolve spirituality that has humanization as its core, through involvement and reflection.
To motivate students to become involved in studies, research and activities within the university.
To enable Christian students to play a prophetic role in their communities through a critical understanding of their faith, drawing inspiration from the Gospels, the Eucharist and their prayer life.