Undergrads sabotage certficate presentation ceremony
by Dasun Edirisinghe

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 the occasion.

"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.



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