Minister S.B. Dissanayake has emphasized that that there is no room for Students Councils within the University network.
The Minister said that during the past 12 years, a certain Students Federation did not permit other Students Councils to contest the elections. It is the JVP oriented Students Federation. They only had 10 members within a University. However, they are elected mainly through thuggery. Thereafter they want to administer the Universities to achieve their ends threatening the Vice Chancellor, the Deans, lecturers and Registrars. He emphasized that this situation had to be changed. There should be an end to this situation. The Minister called on the students to discuss any of their problems with them.
The Minister was speaking after the inauguration of the new Open University in Hambantota. It is the 13th University which comes under the purview of the University Grants Commission. Ministers Prof. G.L.Peiris and Mahinda Amaraweera and Vice Chancellor of the Open University Prof. Upali Vidanapathirana were present on this occasion.