Union of Evangelical Students of India is an active student movement that seeks to evangelize and enrich college students to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The ministry is committed to transforming college campuses with the good news of Jesus Christ and equipping a generation of youth that serves the church and society. UESI is interdenominational, inviting youth from all backgrounds, supporting them in their spiritual walk and raising them to be leaders in the Lord Jesus.
A Friday evening, a group of college students meets at 190, Poonamallee High Road, Madras – the home of Prof H Enoch. This continues week after week, growing in number and in spirit. Little does the group or the Professor imagine that this is to grow into a nationwide movement of evangelical students and graduates. At roughly the same time, little groups of believing students meet in prayer cells in Christian Medical College, CMC), Vellore and in Government College of Technology, (GCT), Coimbatore with similar faith and conviction. The union of these 3 groups at a retreat in Katpadi near Vellore gives birth to Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI) in 1954.
Professor Hannington Enoch was a teacher of zoology in Visakhapatnam Medical College in Andhra Pradesh. He believed that the Lord was encouraging him to raise a student movement which would be true to the Word of God. In 1949 he was transferred to Presidency College, Madras. Prof. Enoch shared his concern with students and senior friends from different churches in the city. The prayer meeting in Madras was the result of his inner urge to begin a fellowship of university students, though he was unaware of the work of God abroad through evangelical student movements like Inter Varsity Fellowship (IVP), now Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) of UK and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) of USA. He did not realize that he was being instrumental in initiating a student witness in India. A little fellowship group was brought into being and it met in the home of Prof. Enoch. He invited other Bible-believing leaders to attend the fellowship that met in his house. Among them were Ms H Eckmann, David CC Watson, and M D Paul.