Monday, 03 March 2014 - 19:51
18 J'pura students suspended
Authorities have suspended 18 first year students attached to the Arts Faculty of Sri Jayawardanapura University today.
The disciplinary action was taken following the clash between several students and university security officials on the 24th of February.
The examination for Criminal Science was scheduled this morning for first year students and eight out of the suspended 18 students were also expected to sit the examination today.
President of Sri Jayawardanapura Inter University Students Federation Sampath Wickramasinghe said that University Authorities had suspended the eight candidates without prior notice.
In protest of this action by University Authorities the other 350 students boycotted the scheduled examination today.
Later these students left the university premises and staged a protest opposite the main University entrance.
Wickramasinghe also said that signatures of students for a petition were collected and the petition would be handed over to the University Administration later.
However our news team contacted Sri Jayawardanapura University Media Spokesman Professor Praneeth Abeysundera to comment on the incident.
Professor Abeysundera said that disciplinary action was taken against the students after they were identified as those who assaulted the security officials.
He also said that consequent to the behavior of these students, other students were also unable to sit the examination today.
Professor Abeysundera said that a non academic staff union had informed the university administration that it would resort to trade union actions unless disciplinary action was taken against those who clashed with them.