The Youth Congress on Monday said the pro-CPI(M) Students' Federation of India's (SFI) stir against allowing an engineering student to continue his education raises fundamental issues related to a person's right to education.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Youth Congress State president P.C. Vishnunath; National Students' Union of India (NSUI) president Hibi Eden; and Kerala Students' Union (KSU) president Shafi Parambil, all MLAs; alleged that the SFI was concentrating its entire energy on preventing a student from pursuing higher studies.

This amounted to denial of the student's right to education, they said. The SFI leaders were forgetting similar decisions taken during the tenure of M.A. Baby as Education Minister. The decision to allow Nirmal Madhav to continue his studies was taken on compassionate grounds. Mr. Baby had justified such decisions by pointing out that his government would go to any extent to ensure that studies of a person was not disrupted due to extraneous reasons, they said.

The United Democratic Front (UDF) was also of the view that no student should be denied his right to education. The Left Democratic Front leaders should advise the SFI to stop the agitation, they said.

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