Jayewardenepura protesters take respite

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates of Sri Jayewardenepura University have suspended their protests until the examinations are over.

Secretary of the Students Council Sanath Bandara told The Island that they would however continue the Stathyagraha during the exams too.

"Our members will continue with the Sathyagraha as there are no exams in the arts faculty," he said.

"Examinations in the Applied Sciences Faculty have already commenced and the Management Faculty exams will start next week", Bandara said

He said their Sathyagraha passed the 52nd day yesterday.

The students’ council Secretary said that one of their major problems was water scarcity in the Euro Lanka hostel and the situation was getting worse.

According to him, female undergraduates occupying that building have to go to other hostels every morning for ablutions.

He said that although the university administration had acted expeditiously to expel 45 students, suspend 189 and file court cases against 147, the syllabi had not been updated for years.

The student activist said that the university administration had not allowed them to hold a cultural festival this year.

Vice Chancellor Dr. N. L. A. Karunaratne said that allegations made by students were false. Two hostel projects underway and once they were completed the hostel problem would be solved and all students provided with hostel facilities.

Dr. Karunaratne said that under the present government the university system of the country was being systematically upgraded.

"Undergraduates instigated by outside elements try to sabotage the university development projects, but the majority of students are with the administration," the Vice Chancellor said.

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