Students can be expelled for politics on campus: HC
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.