Friday, November 11, 2011

U’grads allege female student in trouble for calling VC

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates allege Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University, Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama is targeting a second-year female student for seeking an explanation from her regarding the recent undue delay in the bus available for students.

Responding to a query by The Island, Convener of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Sanjeewa Bandara said that the decision to hold a disciplinary inquiry was a move by the university administration to suppress the student community. Bandara alleged that the university administration had gone to the extent of writing to her parents and her school in a bid to embarrass her.

Bandara said that the university administration had reacted angrily to the student’s telephone call to the VC on Oct. 25 after the closure of the Management Faculty following a clash between two factions. She had called the VC from the university’s female hostel in Boralesgamuwa.

Bandara claimed that the VC had cut off the line saying it was not under her purview.

Vice Chancellor Hirimburegama told The Island that there was nothing wrong in students contacting her over the phone seeking relief. She said the student had sounded very rude over the telephone demanding to know why the bus was late. She said students should not be allowed to act in such a highhanded manner.

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