Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sri Lanka University Students Suppression continue - 138 Students Suspended
About 138 university students from Peradeniya,Japura,Sabaragamuwa, Kelaniya,Colombo and Buddhist and Pali universities have been suspended within a week said SSU.
A group of undergraduates yesterday claimed that the government’s education privatisation process had victimized 21 medical students of the Sri Jayewardenepura University.
They claimed that altogether 138 undergraduates and six student unions had been suspended at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kelaniya, Sabaragamuwa, Colombo and Buddhist and Pali universities, within one week.
The university administration suspended 21 undergraduates of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University for protesting against accommodating fee paying students in their faculty, they said.
Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) Najith Indika said yesterday that the MFSAC branch of Sri Jayewardenpura Medical Sciences Faculty staged a peaceful demonstration against admitting 10 students to the faculty on self finance basis.
He said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had sent fee paying students to Peradeniya and Rajarata Medical Faculties, too, but the faculty boards of both those universities refused to accommodate them.
"We will launch severe protests against the move to privatise higher education with all undergraduates of universities countrywide," Indika said.
National Organiser of the Socialist Students’ Union Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said that it was the first time that students of the Medical Sciences Faculty of the Sri Jeyewardenepura University had been suspended since its inception in 1991.
"The administration has also suspended 52 students of the Sabaragamuwa University and that was suppression of students," he said.
"We will go to the Human Rights Commission against these dictatorial university administrations," Jayatissa said adding that not calling the elections for the students unions was a violation of the University Act.
He said that they had already complained about it to the World Federation of Democratic Youth.
The SSU would also hold a protest opposite the Colombo Fort Railway Station against harassment of university students, Dr. Jayatissa said. Extracted from Island