PERA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS END ANTI-SAITM SATYAGRAHA
Accept Govt. formula but vow to fight for free education
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.