Leadership training not legal: NYF

19 May 2011 08:06 am - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The UNP led National Youth Front today charged that the proposed leadership training programme in military camps for the university students would be illegal as there is no provision for it in the Universities Act.

National Youth Front head of the committee on Education Dhamika Wickramaarachchi told a news conference today that this is also an act aimed at scrapping the democratic environment in the university system. “There is a healthy debate in the university system where there is exchange of ideas but the military training would change that atmosphere as it is based on the characteristic of confrontation,” he said.
Dismissing the government’s claim that the students will be only given a leadership training with the objective of instilling discipline in them, the student leader said the list of things which the students are being asked to bring makes it clear that it is nothing but military training. He said they have been asked to bring two bed sheets, two pillow cases, two pairs of blue shorts, a track bottom, two t-shirts which are essential for some kind of physical training. “Why do you need shorts and t shirt for a leadership training?,” he asked. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:57 PM

    Yes. It is good. UNP must support the training.

    Loku Aiya Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:05 PM

    They should consider litigating. A Democratic 'fight' is needed against this authoritarian regime. MR should see and learn from what is happening in Libya... sigh, unfortunately we don't have oil!

    weerasuriya Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:08 PM

    This type of changers are needed for uni students to develop their leadership skills.

    srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:49 PM

    Who Cares, See the wrongs side of everything all the time

    Ruvini Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:14 AM

    how can we assure the security for girls inside camps?

    Fayad Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:32 AM

    Even military leadership training will not help to over come UNP leadership problem.
    University students may or may not benefit. but UNP will not.

    irs Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:42 AM

    Whats so important about this leadership trainning, if the students dont like it why cant the govt just scrap it off.

    Concerned Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:09 AM

    How can they be trained forcefully when they totally reject it?

    malkanthi Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:10 AM

    There is no question about legal and illegal any more.

    Minister Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:12 AM

    Is it militarized leadership training?

    Nadim Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:21 AM

    We already have things like scouting and cadeting, Interact Clubs, Model UN and a very very looong list of leadership training and discipline instilling extra curricular activities in most if not all of the country's schools..

    Sam Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:28 AM

    how can students afford it. when i was in uni, there were students who culdn't afford to buy the Rs.15 lunch packet!

    ind Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:46 AM

    Problems here is with "ANTHERE" because if the students get leadership training, they can;t control students as past.

    Bumba Thursday, 19 May 2011 04:53 PM

    How about sending the military personnel to the University for a short course.

    bis Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:34 AM

    Those who oppose a military commander's leadership in the country now saying student should get military training to get leadership skill????

    say no to all Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:55 AM

    who said students dont like it..??students are waiting to have some fun of this sort. Only the scared JVP is against it who will find it hard to mislead them hereafter apart from the clueless NYF..

    Priyanga Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:52 AM

    Why only camps..? How do you assure the security in unversity..??

    samosa Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:55 AM

    Without military training our guys are fighting like underworld, how about if the military training is given.... don't know where we are going to end up. Transforming Lanka into another Libya...

    good doc Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:15 AM

    already, parents of 3 new entrants, are considering to send their Daughters to Bangladesh or Nepal medical colleges!

    Carl Gay Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:56 AM

    Don't forget the boys,.. ;)

    saman from galle Thursday, 19 May 2011 07:01 PM

    This unnecessary and unwanted training will cost more than 400mn.Who will pay the bills?

    Dushantha Kurera Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:06 PM

    Its only a 3 weeks leadership training course. Why are these JVP' and UNP's are shouting ? Its not Military training but a Leadership training. For the sake opposing they oppose. Get back to work.

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