Minister S.B. Dissanayake has said that student unions of universities will not be permitted to engage in party politics in universities.
He said that during the past 12 years none of the other unions were permitted to contest elections by the JVP union. They win unanimously in all Universities through thuggery. He said that thereafter the vice chancellors, Deans, Professors and the Registrars of the universities are intimidated and the administration is carried out according to their requirements. He said that this should be ended. The Minister said the students should speak to him if they face any problem. The Minister expressed this view at the inauguration of the new Open University in Hambantota. Ministers Prof. G.L. Peiris , Mahinda Amaraweera, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Vice Chancellor of the Open University Prof. Upali Vidanapathirana were amongst those who participated in the occasion.