June 09, Colombo: The leaders of Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University Allied Health Science Students' Union said that the formal decision of stopping their continuous sitting-in campaign would be formally announced tomorrow.
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 over170 days.
They also held protest marches and other demonstrations sometimes facing police suppression.
Their main demand was not to reduce the number of years of the academic period of the Allied Health Science degree.
A decision was taken at a discussion held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and stakeholders of the issue to award the Allied Health Science degree course after completion of 120 credits instead of a set duration of four years. Completion of 120 credits is expected to take four years.
The Chairman of Allied Health Science Students' Union Rajitha Prasad said that the Ministry of Health had informed the students in writing that the number of years of their degree would not be slashed.