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Lecturers at J'pura Uni refrain from conducting classes

Lecturers at J'pura Uni refrain from conducting classes

2013 Jun 12

by Aisha Nazim


Lecturers of the Medical Faculty of the Jayewardenepura University are refraining from conducting lectures and classes for medical students, to express their displeasure over a protest conducted by the Medical Faculty undergraduates last week.



The Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC), addressing a media briefing yesterday (10) said the academics of the Medical Faculty and teaching hospitals affiliated to the Jayewardenepura University had stopped their academic activities last Saturday. According to the MFSAC Co-convener, Najith Indika, the academics were refraining from teaching to protest against the students' protest. Students of the university had launched a protest against the sale of degrees in State Universities, and against Private Medical Colleges (PMC)s in general last Wednesday (5). As a result of their agitations, 21 Medical Faculty undergraduates were suspended last Saturday (8), on the grounds of behaving in a manner which brought disrepute to the university.



However, Indika claimed the students had not, under any circumstance, behaved disreputably.
The Jayewardenepura undergraduates had merely organized a protest march against the sale of degrees within State Universities. According to Indika, 13 students who were paying for their degrees have been admitted to the Medical Faculty this year. It was to protest against this admission the undergraduates had protested, and been suspended as a result, he said.



Indika urged the Jayewardenepura University authorities to revoke the suspension, and threatened intense student union agitations if the suspensions are not revoked. He further stated undergraduates of each university around the country would launch protests, against the suspensions, outside their respective universities starting today (11).

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