“Had Sir Ivor Jennings been Vice Chancellor now we would be very happy”, said former president of the students’ council of the Peradeniya University, Udul Premaratne.
Speaking at a media briefing yesterday to explain the students’ position on the present controversy, surrounding the naming of a hostel, he said they did not have any problem with Sir Jennings who had rendered an immense service to the University.
He said the students have the right to name the hostel building after anyone they like because it was built following appeals made by them.
In 2003 Cabinet approval was given for a new hostel for the students to be built and the plan was to build it by 2005 but due to bribery and corruption which took place the date of completion was extended to 2007 Premarathne alleged. The students in 2005 they requested the Board of Directors to name the hostel after Rangitham Gunaratnam, who was a student leader during the 1989/90 insurrection.
According to Premaratne the current VC doesn’t have a good relationship with the students and the University employees. He also said a former Vice Chancellor is currently under investigation by the Commission to investigate cases of Bribery or Corruption.
“For the first time in our history a Vice Chancellor is being investigated and for the first time the University of Peradeniya was closed said the former student leader.
Students are involved in every problem the country is facing today said Udul Premaratne. Eight student leaders have been suspended alleging they caused damage to public property. The students have been accused by the Vice Chancellor of replacing the name of Sir Ivor Jennings by repainting someone else’s name on top of it.
By Supun Dias