Update: Colombo University lecturers leave Vice Chancellor's office
The protest staged by the Federation of University Teachers Association which demanded for the resignation of Colombo University Vice Chancellor Dr. W. Kumara Hirimburegama, was temporarily suspended this afternoon.
The Federation took this decision after holding a meeting with the University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Mohan de Silva.
The Federation launched the protest inside the Vice Chancellor’s office as well as in front of the office yesterday.
The University teachers occupied the Vice Chancellor’s office last night and continued the protest until this afternoon.
Protesting lecturers told the media this morning that they would not leave the premises until the vice chancellor hands over his resignation.
However, Colombo University Vice Chancellor Kumara Hirimburegama did not attend his office yesterday day and today.
The protesting teachers also charged that Kumara Hirimburegama was appointed the Vice Chancellor under political influence while overlooking several lecturers who are more qualified than Hirimburegama.
Meanwhile, the President of Federation of University Teachers Association Professor Devaka Weerakoon said that they have decided to temporarily withdraw the protest from the College House premises after their meeting with the UGC Chairman.
Update: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 07:36 PM .........................................................................
Colombo Uni. lecturers still occupy VC's office
The protest staged by Federation of University Teachers Association yesterday afternoon, demanding Colombo University Vice Chancellor Dr. W. Kumara Hirimburegama to resign from the post is continuing for the second day today.
The Federation stated its members launched the protest inside the Vice Chancellor’s office as well as in front of the office yesterday.
A senior spokesman of the Federation told our news team that its members have occupied the Vice Chancellor’s office since last night and continues the protest.
Federation President Professor Devaka Weerakoon told a media briefing held in Colombo this morning that Vice Chancellor Kumara Hirimburegama did not turn out to his office as yet.
He also said that the protesting lecturers have decided not to disperse from the premises until the vice chancellor hands over his resignation.