Kerala high court says no to campus politics
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.