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 Hirimburegama appoints husband as VC

Hirimburegama appoints husband as VC

2013 May 25

The husband of former Vice Chancellor and Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Dr. Kshanika Hirimburegama’s husband - Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Colombo University, Lanka Truth website reports.

He assumed duties as the Vice Chancellor yesterday (23) at 5.00 p.m.

Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama was appointed to the post despite Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake receiving the majority of votes cast to elect the Vice Chancellor.

At the vote, Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake has reportedly received 15 votes, Dr. Hiramburegama 13 votes, while Dr. Mahanamahewa received 8 votes.

Lecturers at University of Colombo have opposed the appointment of Dr. Hiramburegama after ignoring the presence and majority preference of Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake – who is more qualified and academically senior.

They have condemned her decision to appoint her husband to the post during her tenure as UGC Chairman.

University teachers further stated they would resort to a trade union action against the sordid act.

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