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Saturday, 06 October 2012 - 13:03
FUTA ready to relinquish strike if demands are met; Indian academics express solidarity with Lankan academics
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The Federation of University Teachers Association states that it is prepared to relinquish its trade union action provided that a favorable outcome would be obtained during today's discussions with Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa.

The discussion between Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the FUTA has been scheduled for this evening.

Secretary of the FUTA Terrance Dr. Madujith expressed the following views to our news team concerning the requests the association hopes to tender in during the meeting.

Meanwhile a report carried by the Hindu states that academics from India have joined a large group of intellectuals from different parts of the globe, to express solidarity with the protesting lecturers.

They said that they were “deeply concerned” with the crisis in Sri Lanka’s higher education sector.

In a joint statement, 22 scholars noted that only 1.86 per cent of the GDP was being spent on education in the island nation.

They pointed that the drastic decline in state investment was related to mounting issues in the education sector.

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