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Eight Rajarata undergrads suspended

2013 Aug 13

By Aisha Nazim


Rajarata University authorities yesterday suspended eight undergraduates for allegedly influencing and intimidating other undergraduates into boycotting a State-sponsored university cultural event, thereby cracking down on disruptive students.



However, university students said the suspension was unfair, and claimed they should be free to choose whether they want to attend university events or not, and that attendance is not mandatory in such events.

The Rajarata University Students' Union claimed, they were unaware of the reasons for the suspensions, and that none of the students had received suspension letters. Instead, the university administration had written to their parents, requesting they come and meet the Vice Chancellor on 14 August to discuss their children's suspension.



"A certain procedure is expected to be followed while issuing suspensions – the suspended undergraduates are supposed to be informed and an official letter issued to them. However, neither of this was done, and though the letter mentions that we're suspended for disciplinary reasons, we haven't done anything," President of the Rajarata Students' Union, Anuradha Isuru Bandara, said.



Meanwhile, University Registrar, A.G Karunaratne, speaking to Ceylon Today, confirmed that eight students were suspended for six months as they were involved in influencing the rest of the undergraduates against attending university-organized ceremonies.



The Rajarata University had hosted an inter-university cultural event which was attended by representatives of other universities and officials of the Higher Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC). However, though the university administration had requested the student union to attend, the unionists had not only been absent, but also influenced other undergraduates to boycott the event, organizing a separate event instead.



"They organized the Viru Sisu Dinaya on the same day and made other students boycott the event. It was a disgrace to the university, as none of our students were present for our event. The students have been suspended according to a final decision taken by the University Council," Karunaratne said.

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