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Protesters fight to save university
Plan to make new military academy denies qualified students a place, priest saysCatholic priest Father Dilan Perera and Buddhist monk stand with demonstrators in front of ministry of education in colombo on May
- ucanews.com, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- May 11, 2011
The Ministry of Higher Education ministry announced it would take over Uva Wellassa, one of the 15 national universities in Sri Lanka, sparking anger among parents, teachers, students and religious leaders.
About 200 people from across the country rallied in a silent protest in front of the ministry today.
The crowd chanted: ‚ÄúMinister! We came to take back our university‚ÄĚ and waved placards saying ‚ÄúStop take over‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt disturb education.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is wrong decision of the government as actually we need more universities," said Father Dilan Perera, the¬†editor of religious magazine Bhakthi Prabodanaya.¬†"Not all students who qualified for university entrance find a place the national university system.
‚ÄúThis is the sad story for last decades but the government can allocate a new place for military purposes,‚ÄĚ Father Perera said.
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