Undergraduates instigated by the Students
Council of the Ruhuna University, sabotaged a scheduled
certificate presentation ceremony last Saturday, claiming it was
a threat to free education system.
The university administration has scheduled to
present certificates for those who had completed the Information
Technology Course conducted by the Computer Science Department
of the university.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof.
Susirith Mendis, vehemently condemned the student leaders’ act
in the presence of the Chairman of the University Grants
Commission, Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, who was chief guest at
"We had to stop the ceremony halfway without
presenting the certificates due to the sabotage. The university
administration had to apologize to all certificate holders."
"There are 37 education and deputy education
directors, 45 teachers, 37 cooporative officers and 40 students
among those who completed the course. The ceremony was held at
the auditorium of the Arts and Humanities Faculty. But the
ceremony had to be stopped before completion, which was a damage
to the university’s image," he said.
Prof. Mendis said that this was the third
certificates presentation ceremony of the course. The students
had not oppososed the conducting of this course earlier.
However, the university council will meet today and would be
taking a decision against the student leaders.
President of the Students’ Council, Sarath
Kumara said that the course commenced as a tsunami project, but
the university administration had charged money from tsunami
affected students too.