Ministers Douglas and Dissanayake assures to involve in the release of 4 University students in case Unversity academic activities commences
“In case the Jaffna University’s academic activities commence immediately and functions smoothly, then we will be able to contact Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and urge him for the release of the 4 university students who are presently arrested by the Military and held at the Welikanda Rehabilitation Centre,” said S.B.Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, as well as Douglas Devananda, Minister of of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development.
When Asian Tribune contacted the Minister of Higher Education S.B.Dissanayaka, he said that on the 3rd January he called the University Vice Chancellor, Deans of the faculties, Sri Lankan Army and Police officers in Jaffna to the Ministry of Higher Education and had a long discussion about the present state of the Jaffna University and explored ways and means of commencing the academic activities of the University forthwith without any further delay.
He said that ‘we decided to start the academic activities on next Monday, 07th of January”.
He said that at the discussion he had with the Vice Chancellor of the University, Deans of the Faculties, Heads of Departments, Students Counselors and Student leaders, all agreed to start the academic activities of the University by Monday.
Minister S.B.Dissanayake said he invited Minister Douglas Devananda and the Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah. The Minister said that Minister Douglas Devananda participated in the discussion and assisted him with his valuable suggestions, but TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah did not attend the meeting.
Minister S,B, Dissanayake when explaining said, “because it is a political issue and that 4 university students were arrested, and the Army and the Police officers say they were arrested because they were involved in some form of terrorists activities. Because of this allegation, I called the academics, non-academics, police and the Army officials, Minister Douglas Devananda and the TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah for a discussion as to how the issues connected with the University could be resolved satisfactorily.”
The Minister said that Minister Douglas Devananda was present at the meeting. He said that he also invited the external council members also for the meeting.
When Asian Tribune asked whether the Higher Education Minister would help parents by arranging the release of the arrested 4 University students and Minsiter S.B.Dissanayake said, “coming Pongal day most probably I can do that.”
When reminded that on the coming Pongal day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also visiting Jaffna, Minister of Higher education said, “ that is why I am hopeful of the release”.
In the meantime, Minister Douglas Devananda also concurred the views expressed by the Higher Education Minister and told Asian Tribune that he has reiterated to the University officials that in case Jaffna University’s academic activities commences immediately and functions smoothly , then he will be able take up the issue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the release of the 4 university students who are presently arrested and held by the Military.
- Asian Tribune -