The Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenapura had allegedly suspended the hostel facilities for 160 university students, University of Jayewardenapura Students’ Council Secretary Ven. K. Chandrananda Thera said yesterday.
The students who had been thus suspended received their letters when the university started for the new semester and the reason cited was due to a batch-trip they undertook three months ago, Ven. Chandrananda Thero said.
“If they violated a university regulation why did the Vice Chancellor take so long to act against them,” he asked.
According to Ven. Chandrananda Thera the students which included 80 females, 55 males and 25 monks were amongst the suspended.
The Vice Chancellor is infamous for undermining student union activities and he had previously suspended 62 students although this incident outweigh the previous incident.
The students have spoken to their lecturers and dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty to no avail, Ven. Chandrananda Thera said.
“Every lecturer and dean keeps telling us that it is beyond their control and these students have to sort out matters directly with the Vice Chancellor as it was his free will to suspend them,” he added.
The students belonging to different faculties go on trips at the end of the year and that was a normal practice since they incur no expense to the university, Ven. Chandrananda Thera said. (Sumaiya Rizvi)