Undergraduates of the Sri Jayewardenepura
University claim that the University
has five marshals in addition to a proctor while
the administration suffers from severe shortage of funds to run
the university. Each marshal is paid Rs. 30,000 per month as
salary. Two of them were already drawing different salaries
elsewhere from the government.
"One of them is an ex-serviceman. The other is
attached to the Police. It is illegal," President of the
Students Council Pulasthi Jayasekara told The Island.
He said that the marshals suspend students even
for minor lapses without holding an inquiry. The normal
procedure is to mete out punishments through the proctor.
"The marshals are summoning students for
inquiries. They suspend students even without seeing them", he
Vice Chancellor of the University Professor
Naradha Warnasuriya denied the allegations. He told the Island
that there has been an improvement in discipline after the
appointment of marshals.
"The University Act permits the appointment of
such marshals. There were two murders in the university a few
years ago. The Chandra Embuldeniya Committee was appointed to re
create a peaceful environment in the university. Following the
committee report five marshals were appointed in addition to the
proctor. One of them was a Police officer but he promised to
resign from the police. Later when the matter was brought to the
notice of the Police he was suspended from service", Prof.
He said the marshals suspended some students
until the inquiries were over. But the university administration
cancelled the suspension when some students established their
innocence, the VC said.