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JHU calls for increase in Law College intake

2014 Feb 26

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday demanded an increase in the Sri Lanka Law College student intake this year.

Normally, between 225 and 250 students were admitted to the Law College annually, but this year it had been reduced to 177, JHU National Organiser and Media Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said.

He said the JHU believed that there was a conspiracy behind the reduction in the number of students admitted to the College this year as Sinhala students were the most affected.

The Law College administration had to admit 551 students based on the results of the entrance examination in 2012 following protests by Buddhist monks due to suspicious increase in the admission of a particular community, Warnasinghe said.

The Law College administration had decided to admit more students last year following protests but they had not investigated what had gone wrong, he said.

Warnasinghe said the JHU demanded that at least 288 students had to be admitted this time in keeping with the average since 1981 or it would be very unfair by most students who had sat the entrance examination in 2013.

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem’s Media Consultant Dr. R. A. Hafeez, contracted for comment, referred us to Ministry Secretary Kamalini de Silva, but she was not available as she was attending a tender board meeting.

Newly appointed Law College Principal Dr. Jayatissa de Costa was also not available for comment.

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