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Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 18:52
All Student unions of Rajarata university suspended-Video

Rajarata University Administration has temporarily suspended the Students Federation and all other faculty students unions together with their designations.

A notice issued with the signature of university registrar A.M.G.B. Abeysinghe informed the decision to students this morning.

Rajarata University Vice Chancellor Professor Ranjith Wijewardana expressed his views about the decision taken by the administrative board yesterday.

The Vice Chancellor further said the administrative board also appointed a committee yesterday to study the recent incident and submit a detailed report.

He said the administrative board will decide a date to reopen the university after the committee report is studied when they meet again on the 21st of this month.

Except the Medical faculty at Saliyapura, all other faculties including Applied Science, Management and Humanities and Agriculture were closed indefinitely yesterday.

Later the University Administration informed the students to vacate the hostels before 4pm today.

The University administration took this decision after the teaching staff boycotted academic and administrative activities from last Monday, and their action was supported by three non-academic staff unions.

The crisis gathered momentum on last 26th after the students kept hostage their vice chancellor and a group of teachers for over 24 hours on certain demands.

Later the teaching staff refrained from reporting to duty complaining their lives were at risk.

Describing the situation, Rajarata University Teachers Association Secretary Venerable Olaganwatte Chandrasiri Thera said the teachers would continue union action until a conducive environment to conduct lectures are created within the campus.

Meanwhile the three student activists including students federation president L.M.T.C. Wijerathna were remanded till the 9th of this month when they were produced before the Kahatagas digiliya Mobile Magistrate Court this morning.

At the same time, Rajarata University non-academic staff staged a protest this morning.  Sri Lanka Freedom Workers Union Secretary B.G.R.H. Tambawita had this to say.

When our news team contacted students federation secretary Amila Perera to comment on the suspension of student unions, he said that the students will not give up their struggle in the face of any control imposed by the university administration.

Meanwhile members of Sri Jayawardanapura students federation are staging a sit-in protest in front of the university administrative building forcing the authorities to lift class suspension on their 185 fellow students.

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