PERA UNIVER­SITY STU­DENTS END ANTI-SAITM SATYAGRAHA

Ac­cept Govt. for­mula but vow to fight for free ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY NADEEKA DAYA BANDARA AND L.B.SENARATNE

Stu­dents of the Per­adeniya Univer­sity yes­ter­day ac­cepted the gov­ern­ment’s for­mula to re­solve the con­tro­versy over the Malambe Pri­vate Med­i­cal Col­lege (SAITM) and called off their Satyagraha cam­paign.

Pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral Stu­dent Union said that the gov­ern­ment’s so­lu­tion to the is­sue could be ac­cept­able but that univer­sity stu­dents would con­tinue their strug­gle to pro­tect free ed­u­ca­tion and free med­i­cal ser­vices in the coun­try.

The stu­dents who marched from the Per­adeniya Univer­sity Med­i­cal Fac­ulty to the Galaha junc­tion staged a to­ken protest for about 15 min­utes to show their strug­gle would con­tinue. Later they ended their 653- day- long Satyagraha cam­paign against SAITM and dis­man­tled the shel­ter.

Po­lice was present to pre­vent any ob­struc­tions to traf­fic and to step up se­cu­rity in the area.

Mean­while Actg. Vice Chan­cel­lor Lak­sh­man Wi­jeyaweera said that Med­i­cal Fac­ulty stu­dents were ex­pected to at­tend lec­tures next Mon­day (20) in re­sponse to his re­quest. He said aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in med­i­cal fac­ul­ties in other uni­ver­si­ties had al­ready be­gun.

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