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Riot police used water cannons to disperse a group of university students protesting opposite the University Grants Commission at Ward Place Colombo. The students of the Inter University Students Federation hav been protesting at the location since early this evening. (SD)










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  • Friday, 21 May 2010 01:45 AM

    selfish idiots. They dont realize that economic boom and focus we would get when we have top ranked university graduates in Sri Lanka. Now what happens is graduates and top talented guys do not want to stay in Sri Lanka becoz of less opportunity and less employers.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 08:31 AM

    "Simple mind", You sounds like a member of a powerful doctors' trade union to me.
    First of all, the Allied health course is currently 4 years and the above mentioned trade union wants it to be 3 years.
    The duration of a course should be determined by its contents. If it takes 4 years to learn the Allied health curriculum, then let it be 4 years. The length of AHS course should not be determined by the lengths of Medical or Dental courses. If there going to be a salary issue, cutting down the AHS course is not the solution to that. This whole issue is the result of "professional jealousy"
    The Dental degree is soon going to be five years and I am sure that the trade union in question would object to that as well.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 03:16 AM

    Free education .... yea... right.....

    Friday, 21 May 2010 09:04 AM

    The leader of the group must be well hammered for rousing the students.Private Universities is the answer for these types of unrest.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 04:40 AM

    University students should fight for their burning problems. Most of protests are not for them but for agitating the society and keeping the unions alive to meeting their political objectives.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 04:52 AM

    Again, and again and again. This is getting boring.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 05:04 AM

    I think Government should allocate a fair time to complete their Degrees FREE of charge (as hither to done) depending on the Streams they follow, beyond which they should be charged for the number of days they waste by not involving in the studies. Since every day, wasted without being engaged in studies bears a cost for the country, Society (the Tax payers). Free Education & Freedom to Education should both be protected from the Poli-students!!

    Friday, 21 May 2010 06:26 AM

    Inter University Students Federation is the most responsible organization for tarnishing the whole image of the Sri Laknan graduates, from the day 1 the students enter the University. The Ragging takes place with their full awareness and these protests are organized to achieve some hidden political agendas. The participants of the above protests are just first year students, and they do so, only due to the fear for their seniors, and not because they have a real necessity. Please convene the parents of the new university entrants time to time, and educate both parents and students. The University constitution provides the full protection for the new comers.

    Friday, 21 May 2010 06:43 AM

    sanjeewa there is more to it than what the students are stating.They want the allied health science course to be 4 years instead of the present 3 years.It all boils down to the salary being paid after they complete the course and its not related to the quality of the course as stated by the students.When gaining employment in the govt sector for a 4 year course the salary scale is higher than the 3 year course.At present even the dental degree is only 4 years so how can an allied health science course also be 4 years.

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 02:57 PM

    Probably it is the time to eradicate student protests for once and for all. Minister SB may take the action as he also a known student activists at his times. Otherwise, Sri Lanka will never attain the status of a first world country with our poor education system and violent promoting university system headed by bone less poor professors and arrogant student thugs.

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:09 PM

    Police is trying to add more water to the existing flood troubles??

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:22 PM

    Please give them soap also !.

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:58 PM

    Let them protest till they get tired but keep them confned to a small area. If the police clash with them, they will carry the resentment into their adult lives and become a real problem for society. I don't know why everything has to be dealt with violence in this country.

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 04:22 PM

    who u wanna stop???????One day that may be your own son or daughter...................And keep in your mind that day is not so far.............where is democracy in this country???? So unfair..........

    Thursday, 20 May 2010 05:44 PM

    we need to understand the difference between genuine demands and stupid fights. People should not look at Peradeniya students protest from the same angle as Kelaniya fight. Peradeniya students demand is to make sure the quality of the course. This is totally different from Kelaniya clashes. So called student union should support peradeniya students protest. Kelaniya students must be banned for classes for couple of years those who are guilty (Then they will learn the hard way once batch mates graduate when they have not).

    Friday, 21 May 2010 01:08 AM

    It's a shame to see that the socalled potential cream of the educated are protestiing even at the drop of a hat. They should not forget that they are being looked after by the Tax Payers (each student may be costing at least half a million until they finish the course) and use their time, energy and resources to achieve their educational targets instead of becoming puppets of various vested poltical interests.


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