Peradeniya Allied Health Sciences Faculty closed indefinitely

By Cyril Wimalasurendre and Dasun Edirisinghe

The Allied Health Sciences Faculty of the Peradeniya University was closed indefinitely yesterday due to students boycotting lectures but protesting undergraduates are determined to continue with their Satyagraha demanding the restoration of the four year degree course.

Allied Health Sciences (AHS) students started Satyagraha near the Galaha junction three weeks ago protesting against the reduction of the duration of their degree course by one year. Undergraduates participated in the Satyagraha boycotting lectures.

The university administration gave them an ultimatum to return to lectures by yesterday or face closure of the faculty indefinitely.

"We will not give up our fight until the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Higher Education Ministry give an assurance to restore the degree course to four years," President of the AHS Students Union Rajitha Prasad told The Island.

He said that the AHS degree course, started in 2006 was, available in Peradeniya, Colombo, Sri Jayewardenepura, Eastern, Rajarata and Ruhuna universities. It had been started as a four year degree course, but the UGC and Higher Education Ministry had decided to cut it down to three years.

At present, AHS students from the Peradeniya and Ruhuna Universities are staging satyagrahas at Galaha junction and Galle town, Prasad said, adding that the university administration shold resolve their problem and closing the faculty was not a solution.

Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayakas told a public meeting in Kandy on Sunday that that the decision to reduce the four-year AHS degree programme to three had been made under pressure from the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).


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