Decision tomorrow on re-opening Moratuwa Uni. sections?

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Vice Chancellor of the Moratuwa University, Prof. Ananda Jayawardena, yesterday said that they would decide

on the date of re-opening the Engineering Faculty and the Institute of Technology after the Faculty Board meets tomorrow (13).

He said the decision would be taken after studying the recommendations, of the Faculty Board, on the security situation.

"We held meetings with parents of the students last week," Prof. Jayawardena said adding that parents were made aware of the situation in the university and their ideas on the issue too were gathered.

The university administration also had several meetings with security officials, including the DIG Colombo South Range, to improve the security situation and prevent further clashes between the undergraduates and National Diploma in Technology (NDT) students, Prof. Jayawardena said.

The Engineering Faculty and Institute of Technology were closed indefinitely on Jan. 17 after a violent attack on the Engineering Faculty male hostel the previous night.

The Moratuwa police arrested four NDT students, in connection with the attack and one was released on bail while the others were remanded till Feb. 15 by the Mortatuwa Magistrate.

Prof. Jayawardena said now that the security situation had improved, they expected to commence the examinations for final year engineering undergraduates shortly.

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