Commercial educational work would be ‘industry’ under I.D. Act: Gujarat HC

Commercial educational work would be 'industry' under I.D. Act: Gujarat HC

Gujarat High Court in DarulUlarabiyyah vs. Maulavimridul Hasan & 1 other SCA No. 17000/2015, while rejecting the contention of the Gujarat State Wakf Board that being an educational institution and working on no profit basis it does not fall within the meaning of industry as defined under Section 2(j) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (“ID Act“) observed that the institution under reference does not qualify as an educational institution and the said institution will qualify as an ‘industry’ for the purposes of the ID Act and the persons gainfully employed under the said institution will qualify as workman. The Court while reaching to the said conclusion placed reliance on two aspects, firstly the nature of activities of the institution which not only included imparting of religious education, but also included activity of printing of magazines and educational books for which the petitioner institution also receiving subscriptions, and secondly, the institution does not recognised by any Government authorities.

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