June 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will intervene to find a solution to the issue of shortening the duration of the Allied Health Sciences Degree program and end the prolonged protests by the students of the degree program.
The President will preside over a crucial dialogue tomorrow with all concerned parties to come to a resolution.
The universities that offer the four-year AHS Degree Program slashed the duration of the course to three years and the students of seven universities including Colombo, Jayewardenepura and Ruhuna launched a Sathyagraha campaign that has continued for over160 days.
At present, AHS students are conducting Sathyagrahas at five locations demanding the government to restore the four year degree course.
The Sathyagrahas at the Galaha Junction in Peradeniya, opposite Galle Bus Stand, opposite Fort Railway Station, opposite Sri Jayewardenepura University have passed 160, 150, 67 and 25 days respectively. A token sathyagraha is conducted opposite the University Grant Commission in Ward Place daily.
The protesting students have agreed to call off the Sathyagrahas if a favorable solution is reached to the issue at tomorrow's discussion.
A students' spokesman has told the media that they expect to end the strike if the government responses positively to their demands and if they receive solutions for their problems in-writing.
The Collective for safeguarding the Allied Health Science Degree demands the government to continue the four year degree course without reducing the number of years to three on the request of Government Medical Officers' Association.