Hearing the petition filed by the management of MES College of Engineering against the ongoing strike in the campus, the Kerala High Court on Friday reiterated that politics should not be allowed in educational campuses.
Earlier on October 13, the court stated its disapproval to political activities like dharna and strikes in educational institutions and said that if any student is found to be indulging in such activities, he would make himself liable to be "expelled and/or rusticated".
"Educational institutions are meant for imparting education and not politics," a division bench headed by Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh said in an interim order on October 10.
The court observed that political activities like dharna, hunger strikes and other practices like "satyagraha" had no place in a constitutional democracy, much less in academic institutions.
"Anyone indulging in the 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, the political parties cannot hold to ransom the educational institutions or right of the civilised students to receive education," the bench said.
It passed the interim order while considering a petition filed by the management of a college in Malappuram district against an ongoing students' agitation at the institute.
The bench said if called upon by the college authorities, the police would be under an obligation to assist them in maintaining peace and quiet and an orderly conduct of academics on the college premises.
(With PTI Inputs)