Ban student politics if uncontrollable: HC

KOCHI: If student politics can't be controlled to enable proper functioning of educational institutions, the state government should ban such politics, the high court said on Wednesday.

A division bench comprising chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice A M Shaffique said student protests that hamper the functioning of educational institutions are in violation of fundamental rights.

The court was considering a petition filed by N Prakashan, a student of Ernakulam Law College, alleging that college days were being lost due to continued and violent protests by Kerala Students Union (KSU).

Expressing shock at the violent protests in the law college, the court said right to education is a fundamental right and is part of right to life. In a democratic society, actions that violate such rights is violation of fundamental rights, the division bench pointed out.

Those who engage in strikes at colleges should know the rights of the others, who study in the same institutions. Education is aimed at preparing the students to become outstanding citizens, the court said.

The court also frowned at protests that included gheraoing the principal by stating that it is high time that such goondaism and vandalism were brought under control.

Further, the government was directed to ensure that normal functioning of educational institutions are not affected by activities of student unions. All necessary help should be extended by the government to the institutions, the court directed.