Ker­ala high court says no to cam­pus pol­i­tics

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Kochi: Pol­i­tics has no place on cam­puses of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and any stu­dent found in­dulging in it can be ex­pelled, the Ker­ala high court said in an or­der on Fri­day.

A di­vi­sion bench led by the chief jus­tice was hear­ing a con­tempt of court case filed by the prin­ci­pal of MES Col­lege at Pon­nani in Malap­pu­ram, and ob­served: “Po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties like dharna, hunger strikes and other prac­tices like satya­graha have no place in a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy, much less in aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions.

“Any­one in­dulging in said ac­tiv­i­ties in an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion would make him­self li­able to be ex­pelled and/or rus­ti­cated. Ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are meant for im­part­ing ed­u­ca­tion and not pol­i­tics.”

The col­lege prin­ci­pal had filed a con­tempt case against De­bashish Ku­mar Behra, sec­re­tary of Stu­dents Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia unit at the col­lege.

In Au­gust, re­strict­ing stu­dents pol­i­tics on cam­pus, MES Col­lege au­thor­i­ties had banned pol­i­tics. The de­ci­sion was taken in the back­drop of the clash fol­low­ing dis­pute re­gard­ing nom­i­na­tion pa­per sub­mis­sion for the col­lege union elec­tion had led to the at­tack on col­lege build­ing, al­legedly by SFI ac­tivists.

Eleven stu­dents were ex­pelled from col­lege and SFI stu­dents were on the warpath de­mand­ing the col­lege man­age­ment to with­draw the de­ci­sion for more than fifty days.

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