Published: 19th December 2018
Education is illegal business, like sand mining, red sanders: How Hyd HC reacted to school suicides
The bench was issuing notices regarding the increased incidence of students' suicides especially in Sri Chaithanya and Narayana educational institutions
A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court said that the education sector has turned into a business and that the court would put it in the same category of red sanders and illegal mining which have been thriving their businesses in the state. The bench was issuing notices to the Telangana government, and the respective managements of Sri Chaithanya and Narayana educational institutions for filing counter affidavits in the PIL filed seeking the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) probe or to constitute an enquiry committee to look into the incidents of students' suicides taking place in the above two institutions due to stress and strain.
The bench of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice SV Bhatt was passing this order in the PIL filed by N Vinod Reddy from Medchal district and the People's Union for civil liberties of Telangana, represented by its general secretary and advocate Jaya Vindhyala, seeking action against both the institutions holding them responsible for students suicides.
Petitioner's counsel told the court that the students have committed suicide due to stress in the above two institutions. Besides, these institutes were collecting huge fees contrary to rules and regulations in force. The counsel urged the court to constitute an enquiry committee to give suggestions and suitable remedial steps for preventing such incidents in future.
After hearing the case, the bench told the petitioner's counsel that it would confine the present case only to Telangana state and ordered for removal of the AP officials from the list of respondents. The bench suggested the petitioner to file a separate petition with regard to AP state. The best industries which were thriving their business in the state were of Red Sanders, illegal mining and educational institutions, the bench remarked. The bench issued notices to the respondents — Telangana state special chief secretary to education, commissioners of collegiate education, Intermediate education and technical education, and Narayana and Sri Chaitanya educational institutions to respond, and posted the matter after three weeks for further hearing.