Kerala Government Mulls Curbing Politics on College Campuses - The New Indian Express

Kerala Government Mulls Curbing Politics on College Campuses

Published: 12th April 2014 08:24 AM

Last Updated: 12th April 2014 11:09 AM

The state government on Friday submitted before the Kerala High Court that it was planning to introduce restrictions on political activities on college campuses.

The government was for imposing a ban on all kinds of political activities by students, banning student outfits such as the SFI, KSU, ABVP, AIYF etc, installation of surveillance camera, restriction on freedom of  expression and compulsory attendance in class.

“No university has recognised organisations  such as SFI, KSU, ABVP, AISF and other students’ organisations. They have no fundamental or statutory right to carry out their activities in colleges," the government submitted.

Cameras may be installed on the campuses if the college authorities feel that it will serve the interests of the institution and also to secure the public properties and the same shall not be prejudicial to the larger interests of the students,” it said.

The state government made the submission in response to a petition filed by a student of the Government Law College, Ernakulam, seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against college authorities.

 He pointed out that the student wings of various political parties had illegally set up units on the campus and they were calling unnecessary strikes in the college.

Additional Chief Secretary to the government K M Abraham submitted that the right to freedom of expression inside campus should be subject to maintaining a peaceful academic atmosphere.

“No student organisation shall make a call for strike or campaign and carry out the same on the campus. The principal should seek assistance of the police to conduct classes if there is disruption to classes after strike," Abraham submitted.

"The behaviour of the students, once they enter campus, should be subject to close monitoring and anyone resorting to violent means should be seen as acts of gross indiscipline and dealt with accordingly."

The government made it clear that attendance stipulated by the university should not be relaxed under any circumstance and the principal should ensure that each student  fulfils requirements for promotion to the next class.

Monthly attendance should be displayed on notice boards so that students can be aware of their attendance status. The principal should ensure 90 working days in every semester.

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