Six Rajarata Uni. Medical students suspended



by Dasun Edirisinghe


The Rajarata University administration yesterday suspended six medical undergraduates over Monday’s incident, where the Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Medical Faculty Dean were held hostage in the faculty office for two hours.


Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. K. A. Nandasena told The Island that it was a totally anti-disciplinary act committed by students and the university’s disciplinary committee would conduct an inquiry against those involved in the incident.


VC Prof. Nandasena, Registrar A. G. Karunaratne and Medical Faculty Dean Prof. Malani Udupihilla were held hostage for nearly two hours by medical undergraduates demanding a Professorial Unit in the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital for the clinical training of the final year medical students.


Prof. Nandasena said that students violated all disciplinary procedures of the university even after university administration promised to provide the demanded Professorial Unit by Dec. 15.


"A few more students who had organized the protests inside the faculty during the office hours would also be identified," he said adding they cannot expect such behaviour from medical students who would become doctors one day.


According to Prof. Nandasena the building for the Professorial Unit was about to be completed and the university officials had visited the site yesterday too.


The contractor, State Engineering Corporation, had promised to provide the building at the time and the university administration was expected to start clinical training at the unit by Dec. 15, he said.


However, undergraduates said that the university administration failed to provide a time frame and they did it as 188 students had been waiting for clinical training for over six months.


President of the Faculty Student Union, Chaminda Pushpakumara said that the university administration continuously denied a discussion in this regard and that was the reason for their action.


"Previously, they promised to start the clinical training in the Professorial Unit by Nov. 15," he said adding but they didn’t honour the promise.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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