Eight students have been expelled from the Sri Jayawardenapura University.
Media Spokesperson for the University, Professor Praneeth Abeysundara said that six more students have been suspended.
Prof. Abeysundara added that the administrative council of the university had conducted a disciplinary inquiry into these students based on several complaints.
He noted that the students were penalized for assaulting security officials as well as a professor and fo damaging university property, among other charges.
Meanwhile Convener of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Sanjeewa Bandara said that Sri Lankan government is suppressing students who are against the Bill pertaining to Private Universities,
Sanjeewa further said “For the past three years, students at the Sri Jayewardenepura University have been suppressed, and the administration is working towards suppressing them further. They have suspended four students for three years. Another three students have been given lifetime suspension”.
“The university administration is making baseless allegations against students an order to suspend them from the university. Since Sri Lanka is a democratic country, the government has no right to work towards oppression,” Bandara added. He alleged that three girls have been suspended from the University because they had taken a friend to buy some medicine. “This is not an issue about one’s character but an issue about being humane,” he said, adding, “the steps taken by the Chancellor in this regard are disgraceful and are a blot on the university’s administration. He accused the government of being behind these actions to suppress the students, and charged that the Chancellor had been given a free hand to do as he pleases.
“We condemn all these actions, and we would like to state that suspending students will not decelerate the progress of student movements,” Bandara declared.
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