No student has any sort of right to obstruct other eligible students from entering the class rooms or the portals of a college under the guise of strike, agitation, or 'dharna', Justice Chitambaresh said holding that Right to higher education is a Human right.
Justice Chitambaresh of Kerala High Court has delivered yet another landmark judgment which has the potential to change the course of campus life in colleges in Kerala. The Kerala High Court has categorically held that no student has any sort of right to obstruct other eligible students from entering the class rooms or the portals of a college under the guise of strike, agitation or 'dharna'.
Delivering the Judgment in a writ petition filed by law students of CUSAT, the Court observed that the law colleges are now the most sought after institutions for the students to pursue their education and it involves a more serious imparting of education to the students which the Universities and the law colleges in the State are yet to realise.
The Court observed that imparting of knowledge in education includes absorption, retention, application and re-production which is a multi-layered process consuming time. Attempts by the colleges to run over the course compromising on the time factor prejudicially affects the quality of the education and puts psychological pressures on the students. It is of course true that many of the working days are lost due to ill-conceived agitations in the name of student rights and social righteousness, the Court said. The court issued following directions about the Strikes and Dharna conducted inside campuses.
The court said that the right to education of the students who are willing to attend the classes obediently and take the examinations following, should be safeguarded. Higher education though not a fundamental right is indisputably a human right as part of one's development, Justice Chitambaresh said.
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