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Jayawardenapura undergrads stage protest march

2014 May 23

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates of the Sri Jayewardenepura University held a protest march from the university to the Wijerama Junction at Gangodawila yesterday against its administration’s failure to respond to their sathyagraha which had lasted for two weeks.

President of the Students’ Council Sanath Bandara told The Island that they had requested a discussion from the university administration several times, but in vain.

"We started the sathyagraha opposite the university’s main gate on May 08 with several other agitations," Bandara said, adding that they would go for tough actions if the university administration failed to respond to their protest march, too.

He said yesterday that the university administration had so far suspended 166 undergraduates since January last year and expelled 45.

In addition, Bandara said that the university administration had filed court cases against 147 students including Buddhist monks.

"There are more than 10,000 students in our university, but only 3,100 students have hostel facilities," he said, adding that most undergraduates came from remote villages and found it difficult to get private accommodation.

The student activist said that they were also fighting to restore the four-year degree course for Allied Health Sciences students currently performing satyagrahas opposite the Fort Railway Station, Galle Bus Stand, University Grants Commission, Galaha junction in Peradeniya.

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