Uni. protests are politically funded: Wijeyadasa

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The university protests carried out by the university students were politically funded, Higher Education & Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday.

Addressing a news briefing, he said it had become an issue to maintain the discipline at the university education due to the intervention of the political groups whose aspiration was to create political turmoil.

“There are groups who fund in millions for these university students to organize their protest march. Majority of the students who are involved in these protest campaigns, are not university students,” Minister Rajapakshe said.

He said much of the protest marches are not carried out with pure intention to meet out justice but to fulfill political aspirations.

Meanwhile, he said the ragging had become a major issue in the universities where a lot of students had been inconvenienced owing to physical and sexual harassment.

“We are to carry out stringent actions on ragging in line with the Ragging Act,” he said.

He said a phone line 011-212 3700 is available 24 hours to lodge complaints in relation to ragging incidents. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Sanath Jayatilaka Tuesday, 31 July 2018 05:15 AM

    You should know best. Foreign funding of the BASL was there during your presidency.

    Wise Donkey Tuesday, 31 July 2018 06:42 AM

    I agree with the minister.

    Jude Tuesday, 31 July 2018 07:14 AM

    Hightime to start charging university students a Fee !! Yeah, atleast 50% of cost of university education should be paid by the student!! OFFER them student-loans that could repay after the student gain employment and within 10 years!! Believe me once you charge students fee, absolutely no protests or any interruptions in any university!!!

    Ash Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:30 PM

    At present it doesn't seem like they are grateful for what they are receiving for free

    Duminda Tuesday, 31 July 2018 07:38 AM

    This is an open secret. During Uni time are communist and revolutions. Once obtained a masters degree, most of them are domicile in overseas countries for own benefits. This is a clear results of our free education system to date.

    Fhjjurf Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:05 AM

    All protest in srilanka are funded by beneficiaries.Even monk protest also coming in to this

    parakum Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:18 AM

    The students who failed to complete their degrees in two tries should be removed from University education. As you know the student activists are the people who failed the final many times and they are funded by political parties with the aim of disturbing the smooth running of the universities.

    nimalakanthan Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:04 AM

    Well said Mr Minister..U are right,,,.sabotage of existing Govt being carried out underhand using groups like University students, GMOA etc, Undergraduates and GMOA didnt have the backbone to protest when SaITM was established under Mahinda,,,They didnt have guts then,,now these cardboard sandoes know no white vans so they want to disrupt the hard established freedom,,,

    Rasheed Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:29 AM

    This is because the Government is weak to handle the situation. If MR he would have finished in a second.

    Raj Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:16 PM

    Yes Rasheed, theynall would have been transported in a white van

    rod Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:31 AM

    correct..politics is behind most problems...

    VJ Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:46 AM

    There will be no shortage of cash to fund such actions considering the billions stolen by the sponsors of the riot. University students must have at least a little intelligence to know the consequences. There will be no trace of cash changing hands hence no proof can be provided.

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:53 AM

    The Minister should stand firm and take effective action against the fellows if they breach the peace and cause damage to public property!

    Ranjith Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:53 AM

    I believed some of your acts were also for your own political benefits. But I fully respect you, if you could wipe out this inhumane ragging from our universities. We fought against that during our time but had no support.If you have guts to do that now, you become one of my favorites now.

    APR Tuesday, 31 July 2018 12:23 PM

    This is what happens when you give everything free.

    tom Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:17 PM

    A truth from him for the first time!

    SL Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:32 PM

    Kick the JVP and peratugami out from universities

    Nimal Tuesday, 31 July 2018 04:42 PM

    Though course fee is nearly Rs. 100000 per semester, Charge Rs.1000 at first(1percent) from student and provide a voucher to Parent.

    Shawn Sunday, 05 August 2018 11:06 PM

    Dear minister,in Niwala,Weyangoda,higher national institute is a another trouble spot, which can put government in trouble very soon,there ragging going big continuously for quite some time,but authorities hapless,pl. Take action sooner the better


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