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Part of Ward Place in Colombo has been temporarily closed as a result of a protest by university students underway outside the University Grants Commission (UGC), our reporter at the scene said. Vehicular traffic has now been diverted.

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  • Jay Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:09 AM

    Irrespective of the merits and demerits of the demands, students also have the right to protest (of course without inconveniencing the public) as much as Wimal was allowed to protest (while blocking the road and inconveniencing the public.). No double standards for protests please.

    Podi Guru Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:31 AM

    What's wrong with having private universities? I refer to the kind that are legitimate and not just profit-making fly-by-nights for the owners. Many countries have recognized, accredited private universities--they offer competition to the public universities--and competition leads to improvements in both. Besides, there are thousands of Sri Lankan students who are qualified for university but cannot get in for lack of "seats."

    Indika Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:38 AM

    You are wrong. Once private universities established, we can see, who is studying and who is wasting time.

    Elaris Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:43 AM

    When govt. maintains double standards with regards to protests, fast to death, etc, political opportunits get the upper hand.

    ajith Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:51 AM

    Yes,we need the actions of Premadasa's time to cope up with this nonsense. Chase these idiots, tear gas,baton charged. They don't deserved free education. Charge them money for their university entrance.

    Practical Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:04 AM

    I cannot agree with you more and looks like a great way to move forward. All these leeches in universities should be made to sing for their supper. Only then will they realize the value of the facilities that they get. Otherwise, they will keep crying for everything like a bunch of spoilt brats.

    Sinha Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:27 AM

    This is where everything begins. Total selfishness. I think government should totaly stop free education after ALs and should introduce someting like work & learn for government universities too while private universities come to effect.

    Jay Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:11 AM

    If there was no free education after A/L most of us would have had to work in paddyfields. No knee-jerk reactions please. Address the issue.

    abran Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:40 AM

    Let them protest, that is their right, start as many good private educational institutions as possible. Stop free education in Unis. Thousands of people are ready to join. Start specially Medical and nursing colleges. Also paramedics.

    SC Thursday, 15 July 2010 08:07 AM

    what a waste !!

    Concerned Thursday, 15 July 2010 08:19 AM

    Thats very good. Even last week when there was a protest against the UN, all the roads leading to the UN office was closed, and no protester could reach the place.

    Bluff Bluff Thursday, 15 July 2010 08:20 AM

    Have those university students also put up a stage near the UGC to start a fast-un-to death?

    Ordinary man Thursday, 15 July 2010 10:54 AM

    It is very sad to read most of these comments. Many are very short sighted & have gone on to suggest attacking innocent students. They all are our children. They ask to listen to their concerns with acceptable means rather than resorting to violant acts like terrorism. You would remember few buisinessmen came to the road to protest for their concern over CEPA. They were treated differently. Why? Are these students from another country? Unless we understand the real grievences of youths (who represent millions of ordinary suppressed and deprived people of SL) So please don't see them as terrorist, they have their own genuine problems. Behave as responsible adults.

    dayyiya Thursday, 15 July 2010 11:46 AM

    At least you'll be working in paddy they just go on strike and waste everybody's time

    tha Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:04 AM

    some times some protests are reasonable.....but not all.... beacause government always wants to cut facilities of universities....

    Shan Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:20 AM

    Whatever the protests they are always at this place obstructing general public. Especially as this is hospital square and one of the foremost important areas where free traffic movement requirement is essential. I believe Premadasa's law should be taken into action. How many times during the past few weeks have we faced tremendous inconveniences because of these university students?

    ruwan ferdinandez Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:24 AM

    Geronimo, I am confused! Who of these guys will rule the country one day and how?? Who of the current leaders went to the Sri lanka universitry? Was it Mervyn, Paba, Rosy, DiMu, Sajith, Aluthgamage, Basil, Namal, MR, Anura Dissanayake, The TNA lot, Karuna, Rathnasiri Wick, mmmm, sorry but help me again..

    Aji Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:29 AM

    These idiots don't value the free education. they only know how to strike. Please bring on private universities

    alex Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:31 AM

    i don't know why these students can't go to their universities and do their studies and let the policy makers to do their job. Gvt (tax payers) spend a lot of money for free education and they disrupt the tax payers by blocking the roads.

    Jacky Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:35 AM

    Higher graded university students have no difference with lower graded politicians. All have the same attitudes. As a solution to the inconvenience caused by general public I would like to propose for relocating UGC at Kilinochchi. So that like yesterday cabinet meeting at kili, these people also can go to kili......

    Saradial Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:36 AM

    Against the establishment of private Universities, they are violating others Educational rights.

    Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:44 AM

    The Ministry of Higher Education must be coming under the ministry of high ways... These University guys are just enjoying the life in different ways than the others do.. Don't take it serious. If possible please try to educate them through their parents.

    ruwan ferdinandez Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:49 AM

    Students have passed their A/L and they think they are the most intelligent in the country. Let's educate them. They are not the most intelligent. They may be the most educated in their generation and they will get even a better education if they continue to study at the university but they don't always look like they are intelligent. If they don't study, they should be kicked out of the university.

    Geronimo Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:02 AM

    The protest is more against the establishment of private universities among other things. Cannot the authorities grind it to these mislead youth that one of the main reasons for such universities is the intermittent closure of universities due to their very own actions. That a course of five years take as long as ten due to such closures? And these are the guys that will rule the country someday!!!!

    Rajitha Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:04 AM

    stop blaming the whole student community for stupidity of Inter University Student's Union, also known as JVP

    ajith Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:15 AM

    Very easy.Kick them out and paved the way to the others who missed the entry due to few marks.Then these strikers will think twice.Don't give in to these ruffians.They think they are Professors.

    Dragon Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:17 AM

    No they will not rule the country some day.. They will only join JVP some day.

    micheal Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:19 AM

    if there is free education , there should be all the resources to satisfy that free education. without any basic requirement how can they follow free education.
    if private universities come only rich people will study. poor people cant study.

    ajith Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:20 AM

    Tear gas and baton charged the JVP and all rioters.
    These rascals don't value the opportunity of free education given to them by poor tax payers.

    Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:23 AM

    Only guy who went to a Sri Lankan University as I know is Ranil. :)

    Dragon Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:23 AM

    It is now the time for the government to move all government offices out of the busy city. Start from the the offices those frequented by social unrests. Selling the land of those office areas would be enough to build new office complexes out of the city. Most world cities do that. Its time for Colombo as well.

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