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* Two faculties of Sri Lanka's Colombo University closed due to student protests
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 12:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: The Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama announced that two faculties of the University will be closed until further notice.

Dr. Hirimburegama said the faculties of Arts and Education at the University of Colombo will be closed indefinitely and educational services have been suspended due to a "problematic situation" that had arisen during the enrollment of new students for this year.

The date for recommencing studies will be announced later.

A situation arose today during the registration of new student who had qualified for the university’s Arts and Education faculties when a group of Arts Faculty students had decided to stage a protest claiming that the University had increased hostel fees.

Dr. Hirimburegama said that the two faculties were closed until further notice in order to control the situation.

"Following the tense situation which erupted due to protests organized by the students, the university administration decided to close the Arts and Educational Faculties till further notice." the University administration announced.

The protesting students have told local media that the Higher Education Minister had pledged to reduce the hostel fee from Rs 3,000 to Rs 800, but had failed to do so.

They have further remarked that the hostel fees of the University of Colombo is very high compared to the fees at other universities and the facilities provided are also very less.

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