The Allahabad High Court has disposed of a suo moto PIL that it had instituted after violent protests caused injuries to many staff members of Lucknow University on July 4, 2018, by issuing temporary guidelines to all state-aided universities. The guidelines were formulated by a committee appointed by the court on July 6 and will remain in effect until the state government and all government-aided universities frame the necessary rules and regulations to ensure a congenial and conducive environment for academic pursuits in institutions of higher learning.
A division bench consisting of Justices Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Vikram Nath had constituted the suo moto PIL after violent protests by a collection of individuals protesting against the rejection of their applications to the university. They alleged that their admission to the post-graduate courses had been denied because they had agitated against the visit of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In the protests, 10 university staff members were injured, including Proctor Vinod Singh and Chief Provost Sangita Rani.
On July 6, the court had instructed both the Chief Secretary of the State and the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University to constitute separate committees to lay down standard guidelines. On September 18, the court instructed the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University to examine the report of the committee constituted by the Chief Secretary and submit a comprehensive report to the court.
The court stressed that the recommendations found in the comprehensive report were inclusive and not exhaustive. It instructed the state government and all government-aided universities to frame the appropriate regulations giving effect to these recommendations, and adding any additional ones as they saw fit, by a period of six months. It held that until such regulations are framed, the guidelines found in the comprehensive report will remain in effect:
Guidelines of the Comprehensive Report:
Action to be taken at the level of University Administration:
Action to be taken at the level of state administration/district administration: