Jan 16, Colombo: The government has decided to grant the opportunity for the students, who left universities due to ragging in the last decade, to obtain degree education again.
Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation said that Cabinet approval will be obtained to change the existing law or introduce a new bill to readmit the students, who had to leave the course of study due to ragging activities, to the same universities or to an alternative university if they do not wish to pursue their studies at the same university.
The Minister said after an impartial and fair inquiry by a committee comprising professors, lecturers and former Vice Chancellors into the nature of the ragging activity that led the student to leave the university and the course of study, a program will be prepared to provide the affected student with the opportunity to resume the education.
Minster Bandula Gunawardena said the Police Commission has informed that the number of students who got admissions to the universities but left due to not being able to endure the physical and mental torture, exceeds 2000.
Gunawardena said all the victims of ragging could come to this commission and discuss how they were ragged, who ragged them and how the ragging changed their future. The affected students will have the opportunity either go to the same university or a different university if they could not go to the same university again.
The Minister stressed that the provisions of the Anti-ragging Act will be strictly implemented in the future so as not to give any kind of ragging at the higher education institutions again. Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated that a comprehensive investigation will be carried out on all ragging incidents of the state universities.