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There was drama at the graduation ceremony of the Colombo University when a number of students showed their displeasure at the appointment of the Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera as the Chancellor of the Colombo University.

The Faculty of Management and Finance Teacher's Association (FMFTA) had earlier announced it will boycott the graduation ceremony as a mark of protest.

Several students accepted their certificates from the Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera during the ceremony which was held physically and was also streamed online.

However, a group of students who had attended the ceremony refused to accept their degree certificates from the monk as a mark of protest. They got on stage when their names were read but walked past the new Chancellor without accepting the certificates from him.

At least one student was seen confronting the monk on stage before he was called to a side by a professor.

Another student brought his own degree certificate on stage and posed for a photograph with a teacher without accepting the certificate from the Chancellor.

“As an act of expressing our continued displeasure on the aforementioned appointment, the members of the FMFTA have unanimously decided to refrain from participating in the ceremonial Graduation 2019 which will take place from December 17 to 19 with the participation of the newly appointed Chancellor,” FMFTA had said in a statement earlier.

FMFTA said it objected to the appointment of the Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera for various reasons but did not specify the reasons.

Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera was appointed to the post by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)


  Comments - 21

  • Jay Jay Monday, 20 December 2021 09:24 AM

    Shameful acts. The school should take away the degree. The students will have to resit the final year at their own costs.

    Adwani Monday, 20 December 2021 09:31 AM

    A day does not pass without making the whole world laugh at us. Sri Lankans have become Silly Lankans.

    Mahesh Monday, 20 December 2021 09:33 AM

    When an inexperienced guy given the leadership, he will mess up the whole system further more by appointing more inexperienced guys to responsible positions and everything becomes a joke. This whole government should resign with its inexperienced leader.

    Kikazaru Monday, 20 December 2021 09:35 AM

    Serves the fellow right.

    Decentgent Monday, 20 December 2021 09:44 AM

    Poor decision by Prez. Appointment could be attributed to the fact to stop him from attacking the govt n its policies.

    warren Monday, 20 December 2021 02:13 PM

    Can anyone please name one correct decision made by the president?

    Dee Monday, 20 December 2021 10:11 AM

    We are 'progressing'! Were good!

    Jude Monday, 20 December 2021 10:49 AM

    Making Mockery of the whole situation!! Clear indication of everything in shambles !! Yeah!!

    Kikazaru Monday, 20 December 2021 10:51 AM

    These appointments need to be filled by academics and not political stooges. It is time Nandasena realized this. Next he may appoint an army private as a chancellor of a educational institution.

    Freddy Foxx Monday, 20 December 2021 11:35 AM

    Firstly, Ananda Thero, did not ask for it. Secondly, while respecting the prelate's age, this served as a slap in the face of a stupid President.

    ANTON Monday, 20 December 2021 11:46 AM


    Citizen Perera Monday, 20 December 2021 11:46 AM

    This university has become Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna University ( SLPPU)

    Sri Lankan Monday, 20 December 2021 12:50 PM

    The problem is the current practice of politician's preference to deal directly with their politically aligned priests by passing the Mahanayaka s of Malwatta or Asgiriya. The correct procedure going forward should be to request the Mahanayaka s to either recommend or approve candidates for these high posts.

    abhaya Monday, 20 December 2021 01:02 PM

    appoint a clown, expect a circus

    johan Monday, 20 December 2021 01:17 PM

    Is there a Government in SL. Everything becoming mockery in SL. A big slap on Gota and his Govt.

    Ashamed Monday, 20 December 2021 01:24 PM

    When you bring politics into every thing this what happens. Shame.

    Priyantha77 Monday, 20 December 2021 01:47 PM

    Good lesson to government

    jude Monday, 20 December 2021 01:56 PM

    brave and bold graduates who showed their displeasure.

    Be Fair Monday, 20 December 2021 03:31 PM

    When has it not been a drama......?????

    Maqs Monday, 20 December 2021 03:34 PM

    Great! The students who boycotted are 100% correct. Hats off to them!

    Jagath Liyanage Monday, 20 December 2021 05:41 PM

    හාමුදුරුවනේ , ලැජ්ජාව කියන එක සත පහක වත් ළඟ තියන කඩේකින් අර ගන්න .

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