Oct 29, Colombo: A students' union has handed a petition to the British High Commission in Colombo against setting up of a private university affiliated to the Lancashire University in UK in Sri Lanka.
The Socialist Students' Union (SSU) organized a protest against private universities and the threat to free education in the country outside the British High Commission in Colombo.
National Organizer of the SSU, Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa handed over the petition to the British High Commission opposing an alleged move to lay the foundation stone to a private university by Prince Charles during his visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next month.
However, the British High Commission yesterday rejected the report that the Prince of Wales will inaugurate the new University of Central Lancashire campus during his upcoming visit to Colombo saying that it has never been a part of the Prince's programme.
The proposed private university affiliated to Lancashire University is planned to be set up within the Mirigama Export Processing zone.
According to Dr. Jayatissa, the students union would continue to protest against moves to set up private universities and ensure that the country's free education system is safeguarded.