Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne - Ministry S’try
According to the existing regulations, the university advertised the post of Vice Chancellor. Several applied and the most suitable six were selected. A number of Deans and Council Members voted and the three candidates who obtained the highest votes were sent to the President. There has been no violation. There is no regulation to pick the candidate who receives the highest votes or who is most qualified. The President can pick the candidate he wants. When the last Vice Chancellor was made, Kshanika Hirimburegama got the least number of votes though she was picked for the job. How could they talk of there being a lack of university autonomy? The UGC is an independent body which comprises a seven member Council. The university too has its own Council. They may be husband and wife but they are professionals.