With increasing number of schools being burned in the Valley triggering an outrage, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court stepped in on 31 October.
The court directed the police and civil administration to ensure protection of schools besides unmasking the "mysterious enemies of education" and deal with them with an "iron hand".
As various sections condemned such incidents, the state government pointed accusing fingers at separatists while the central government termed these as acts driven by the "combination of madness and perversion" and asked people of the Valley to realise that those responsible are acting at the behest of the enemy "across the border".
A division bench of the J&K High Court took suo motu cognizance of the reports about 26 schools being burned in Kashmir Valley over the past 115 days of the unrest which started following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in early July.
The bench observed that the mysterious burning of centres of learning has sent shock waves awakening all to ponder.
"Education is the main factor for intellectual excellence and prosperity. Imparting education in the centres of learning has no other viable substitute," it added.
"All the three responsible officers present in the court are directed to sit together along with higher authorities and lower officials and to devise modes and methods which will be effective in protecting school institutions," said the bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey.