Sri Lanka major university
students' union, Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF - ANTHARE) will
hold a massive protest march today noon from Colombo Fort to the Ministry of
Higher Education ward place. This is will create a huge traffic !
Minister Tilak Marapana also to make a special statement today parliement over HNDA Students attack.
The Inter University
Students’ Federation (IUSF) is planning to stage a protest today in Colombo
with the participation of more than 5,000 students of all universities that
hold the membership of IUSF along with Higher National Institutes islandwide. The
protest will be staged based on a number of demands. IUSF convener Lahiru
Weerasekara said the main demand would be to urge the government to abolish the
privatisation of universities.
“We are hoping to stage the
protest against ‘fake degrees’ offered at a certain institution while urging
the government to abolish the private universities that are being operated at
present,” he said.
Questioned whether this
protest is staged as a challenge to the government against the Higher National
Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) student attack, he said the protest was
“However our demands include
obtaining similar recognition to the HND as that of the Bachelor of Commerce
degree,” Weerasekera added.
The HNDA was granted equal
recognition in 1990 but later a circular was issued by the Mahinda Rajapaksa
government cancelling the degree status provided.
The IUSF last Friday issuing
a statement condemned the manner in which the police handled the demonstration
by students of HNDA where several students were injured.