KOCHI: The recent developments point to a tendency among educational institutions run by minority managements to behave like republics, said P Rajeeve MP.
He was inaugurating a meeting convened to honour Sebastian K Antony, the teacher who was expelled from the St Albert’s college and later reinstated following a Supreme Court order, here on Tuesday. The meeting was organised by the All-Kerala Private College Teachers Association (AKPCTA).
“In the present scenario, the Supreme Court order is a big victory. Institutions with minority status are behaving like republics. The recent Supreme Court order shows that even the right to education is being diluted in minority institutions. This is happening even after the Parliament discussed in detail all the possibilities in this regard,” said Rajeev.
In an emotionally charged reply, Sebastian K Antony thanked all, especially the teachers, students and the AKPCTA, which stood with him during his six-year long fight against the college.
“I value the support I got from my students over the years, who loved me more than my bank balance. It is true that I had to struggle a lot after losing my job. But, it did not shatter me mentally, as I got support from all quarters, including priests, nuns and the teaching community who prayed for me. My case is a reminder to all those who think that once you get a good pay package it is safe to live in palatial houses without socialising,” he said.
AKPCTA state president K P Sukumaran Nair presided over the function.