Harassment by Marshals
Kotte Campus Vice Chancellor denies studentsí charges
by Dasun Edirisinghe

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 said.

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. Warnasuriya said.

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.



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