Students demo unnecessary: Kiriella

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The demonstration by students of the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) outside the University Grants Commission (UGC) was absolutely unnecessary because the government had already decided to award degree status to the diploma, Universities and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

He told Daily Mirror that he met the student unions on Thursday morning and assured them that the course would have its degree status restored.

“We have advised the relevant institutions to restore the degree status which was removed by the previous regime" the minister said and added that he would shortly issue a media statement giving all the details.

Several students were injured while some were arrested in the aftermath of clash between the police and the students during Thursday's protest.(Yohan Perera)

 
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  • CJ Saturday, 31 October 2015 12:13 PM

    I agree Minister it was unnecessary. they should have known if they go out they will have to face all this. never do something wrong and blame the gov and police for it.

    Punchihewa Saturday, 31 October 2015 12:14 PM

    Quick way to convert your diploma to a degree: organize a strong demo and get beaten up by the cops.

    Truth Monday, 02 November 2015 08:58 AM

    what a foolish idea? how a diploma can be converted into degree?? Now we can look for a protest from university students..

    Prem Nath Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:30 PM

    Down under

    Scholar Sunday, 01 November 2015 02:19 AM

    Free education but no brains anywhere!

    Francis Sunday, 01 November 2015 02:37 AM

    And then make a statement to the committee or CID

    Wele Vidane Sunday, 01 November 2015 08:09 AM

    Yes Minister any donky (ona gonekuta) can demo.

    Jude Sunday, 01 November 2015 08:16 AM

    Most students in SL demo apparently for no reason!!?? In SL authorities should use Pepper Spray.!!!?? This will have much effect than tear gas?!!

    Bala Sunday, 01 November 2015 08:36 AM

    Why waste extra time effort on a degree. Get a diploma and say you are a graduate - better still do thuggery and get a doctorate a la Mervyn.

    Silva Saturday, 31 October 2015 11:13 AM

    Yes, minister, I am agreeable to your word, but make sure it is done as quickly as possible. Dont wait until students take to streets !

    Sisira Saturday, 31 October 2015 11:16 AM

    OK Demo unnecessary. Then what about brutal Police assault of a girl? My educated Minister is that necessary? We want your reply to gauge your Yahapalanaya.

    Cheers Sunday, 01 November 2015 09:24 AM

    Wow what a ignorant comment by a responsible ministet where is freedom of expressions you talked before you came in to power

    What the Sunday, 01 November 2015 09:36 AM

    I am a pharmacist and I want my diploma to be upgraded to a MBBS, because these MBBS guys make so much money!

    Labby Saturday, 31 October 2015 11:59 AM

    Please investigate as to who is behind all this unrest.


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