Stu­dents can be ex­pelled for pol­i­tics on cam­pus: HC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Kochi: Pol­i­tics has no place on the cam­puses of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, and any stu­dent found in­dulging in it can be ex­pelled, the Ker­ala HC said on Fri­day. A di­vi­sion bench led by the chief jus­tice was hear­ing a con­tempt of court case filed by the prin­ci­pal of a col­lege 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. By their po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­ties can­not hold to ran­som ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions or the right of civ­i­lized stu­dents to re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion.”

The prin­ci­pal of MES Col­lege had filed a con­tempt case against De­bashish Ku­mar Behra, sec­re­tary of the Stu­dents Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia unit at the col­lege. In Au­gust, MES Col­lege au­thor­i­ties had banned pol­i­tics fol­low­ing clashes be­tween stu­dent groups. They moved fol­low­ing stu­dent protests against the or­der.

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