Deputy Minister of Higher Education Nandimithra Ekanayaka told the Daily Mirror a short while ago that the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) was propelled into action by the JVP since the power of the opposition was waning. He made this statement in reference to the clash at the Ministry of Higher Education yesterday.
“This is the first time that a Ministry has been attacked by students and we know who is behind all this. Certain parties, namely the JVP are trying to have mini-governments within the universities and are brainwashing these students for their political gains,” he said. The Deputy Minister claimed that the IUSF had long standing connections with the JVP.
He further sated that the requests by the IUSF yesterday were totally unsubstantiated and the Ministry had no power over the matter of releasing four students from the Peradeniya University under custody. “How can a Minister, Deputy Minister or Chairman of the University Grants Commission release someone? An order given by the Courts of this country cannot be reversed by any one of these parties. So what was the real reason for this protest?” he queried.
Minister explain why the police attacked the journalists, very well knowingly they are journalists. Who ordered to attack the jounalists. Is it same who ordered to attack Sirasa, Siyatha and others?
Katussa Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:48 AM
The same old excuse. The JVP and the UNP are blamed for everything. The govt. is incapable of investigation the real or root cause of the students' restlessness but find a scapegoat!
Virath Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:18 AM
yes it is. People should never give power to those evil people. Communists are evil people who let innocent people suffer while they receive the best. these young people should learn more about what happened to the freedom of people under communist regimes.
Callistus Friday, 15 October 2010 02:06 PM
These thugs were the same people who attended the demonstration in Borella, rather than going home they were forced to go to the ministry and attack. The ring leaders must be rounded up and severely dealt with. Let the fat guy and the old guy shout the slogans.
Dinesh Friday, 15 October 2010 07:25 AM
Universities should be free from political parties but I came to know from my friends that JVP is trying to use students for their political power. This should not be allowed at any cost.
nihal Friday, 15 October 2010 06:38 AM
Even we had same problem when we were in Univ. in 87-91 period. Treatment would be tyres as before for few these tugs
Watchman Friday, 15 October 2010 06:26 AM
If you are not happy in Aussie, then come to SL and enjoy free everything and be proud of it.
TDDC Friday, 15 October 2010 06:11 AM
It is no doubt that the JVP is a permanent dark cloud over Sri Lanka.
Ranjith Friday, 15 October 2010 06:11 AM
Do majority of those in Sri Lankan Uni's get at least 10% of what your daughter gets in Australia. It is like one government Pundit analysing bread price in US with the price in SL
sinhalaya Friday, 15 October 2010 05:54 AM
Is it any wonder that this is going the way of a repetition of the Youth Insurrection of the 70s? MR is not listening to the people of the country, who are struggling to make ends meet, while he and his family and hangers-on are doing the grand with Public money
Podieka Friday, 15 October 2010 05:46 AM
Haramanis Friday, 15 October 2010 05:44 AM
Yeah.. Ask from Mr. Udula Premarathna.
BRS Friday, 15 October 2010 05:39 AM
Sorry Mr.Kannangara we should rethink about the free education now.
bandara Friday, 15 October 2010 05:32 AM
Mr. Pandula, Do you know how much the foreign students pay for their education ? We should be really happy for what we get from this free education. Only what we need to do is chasing away these terrorists from SL universities. So that we can develop our education system.
Dinga Friday, 15 October 2010 04:32 AM
Arrest those who are naughty and explell them form the universities. Then they will relize their mistake.
KJ Friday, 15 October 2010 05:22 AM
I'm some one living abroad. Sri Lanka needs to be proud of it's free education and health system. Not many countries in the developed world can boast of such a system. Recently my daughter had to wait 2 hours for treatment at the emergency department of a prestigious hospital in Australia. Pandula, be happy and proud of our Universities and keep petty politics out of the system.
kkv Friday, 15 October 2010 05:08 AM
Not sure about this "Mr.Minister" know about higher education or its structure at all?
Rasika Friday, 15 October 2010 05:07 AM
While JVP is in a disarray, they are looking for a political uprise through the students. Government has to do something to avoid these situations and must arrest those student JVPers before taking the universities to an era like 1971 & 1989 becuase that it is what now JVP needs other than the development or the prosperity for this country.
Saman/ Friday, 15 October 2010 05:06 AM
1971,1989,JVP started this way ,How many innocent lives lost there are life Please let our children study peacefully,
Ruwan Friday, 15 October 2010 05:00 AM
main difference, here in SL, we do have free education even at universities, but abroad, its so expensive. There, one would worry about finding their school fees rather than worrying about some political party or agenda. Bottom line, our people/student do not appreciate what was given to them and make the maximum use of it
immysl Friday, 15 October 2010 04:57 AM
Also, don't forget the fact that we have a much larger defence budget even when war is no more. But when it comes to health and education, it's very small and both are deteriorating day by day.
Annoyed uni student Friday, 15 October 2010 04:54 AM
Pls Mr. S.B ,come forward and remove the power of the student unions, which is powered enough to participate even in the uni board meetings.
Don't let this 1% of the uni students to destroy the whole 100% state uni system.
We r expecting a change through ur 2/3 power in parliament
thusi Friday, 15 October 2010 04:54 AM
Why is the Govt tolerating these people....If they cant learn kick them out and get fresh students.....These are public money...
Annoyed uni student Friday, 15 October 2010 04:53 AM
Yeah! Well said Mr. Deputy minister. I myself a uni student. I am well aware of these JVP strategies. Not every uni student is a JVPer. But there are less than 1% of JVP thugs in unis who r capable of controlling the whole 100% towards their agenda.
Please somebody destroy them frm our uni system and let us study free. Mostly these thugs very poor in studies. So they don't the others too to study. They will arrange boycotts and demand the innocent students to participate. Otherwise these innocents will loose the previlage for going to library, canteen etc. Bcoz library , canteen and all r within the control of so called "student union"-the mini- government of JVP thugs.
Diyasena Friday, 15 October 2010 04:52 AM
@Pandula : If you feel SL Gov universities do not have enough facilities why the hell you are not going abroad and do your studies. Do i have to remind you even the facilities you are enjoying now are from SL tax payers money ? Try to do something productive for the country. Cz these miserable ppl drag the country down 2 times already.
migara Friday, 15 October 2010 04:41 AM
Obviously IUSF is the studeny wing of JVP
pandula Friday, 15 October 2010 04:33 AM
Mr.Minister though your people power hungry please dont look at students demand into political view because there is a real problem. When compare with Universities abroad do we have facilities for a quality education? So studtents are demading a high quality education which include physical strutures too and also most importantly mental health for the education. Please dont use your laws to destroy the future of some students so meet the demands of students without talking about JVP.
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