Lecturers strike: Students go to Court

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Three undergraduates have filed separate writ applications in the Court of Appeal asking that the letters of resignation submitted by the university heads of department be rejected.

They are seeking a writ of prohibition restraining the Vice Chancellors of the Wayamba, Ruhunu and Sri Jayawardenapura Universities, members of the Senates of these universities, the University Grants Commission, Deans of Faculties and Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake from accepting the letters of resignation submitted by the heads of department of the various universities.

The petitioners who filed the application are Asanka Bulegoda of the Wayamba University, Rasika Deshapriya Ratnayake of Sri Jayawardanapura University and A.H. Amarasinghe of the Ruhunu University filed separate petitions against the resignation of Heads of Departments.

They are also asking Court to validate the writ of prohibition till the conclusion of all lectures and examinations of the current academic years.

Sixteen heads of departments of the Wayamba University, 26 of Sri Jayewardenepura University and 41 of the Ruhunu University had tendered letters of resignation as a part of their trade union action urging the government to grant them a salary increase.

The petitioners said the salaries of the academic staff including the heads of departments, were increased by 36.25 per cent (as salaries and allowances) in the 2011 budget.

They said the acceptance of the letters of resignation was illegal, null and void and of no force or avail in law.

The petitioners’ state that the examination board and the senate would not be in a position to convene their meetings without the heads of departments.

They said the academic and other related functions of the universities and the degree programmes were affected due to the resignations while the non-academic staff is also unable to carry out their routine functions particularly those of an administrative nature. (S.S.Selvanayagam)

  Comments - 9

  • Sumith Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:19 AM

    We feel so sorry about the education of our country.

    Amal Perera Saturday, 28 May 2011 06:47 AM

    A university degree however drags a few more years owing to various reasons at the cost of these innocent students' education and many hopes they have about their future. The government could have easily given them a pay hike if they cut down their extravagant expenditure on celebrations and useless training programs. What we should remember is these children are not from the rich society in the country and they have come to universities simply because they can't afford foreign or private education. Sadly everyone has forgotten this. Time to wake up!

    sam Saturday, 28 May 2011 07:40 AM

    Future yes men... i mean... future leaders of the country.

    Local Boy Saturday, 28 May 2011 08:54 AM

    Your logic is partly true. But Local universities recruit the best students who performed in A/Ls. And there are many students who are from the rich society.

    Deshahithaisee Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:01 PM

    Well done guys! you should protect your rights since lecturers never come to protect those of yours.
    But do not fall into the traps of dirty politicians

    saman Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:10 AM

    Another gilmarl by government

    Kumar Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:01 AM

    Can these guys prove how the so called 36.25% salary increment was given? They mislead the public with the induction of politicians like SB - A Lecturer.

    Ragu Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:05 AM

    Please, make the peace full place in universities and give them the scientist to freely work out by giving their demand.

    karu Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:30 AM

    These are Sri Lanka Freedom party student leaders.

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