The Union for Protecting University Students Rights said the University Grants Commission had not as yet been able to transfer some students who were sent to the Medical Faculty of the Jaffna University, although those students needed to be attached to other universities due to prevailing insecure situation in the Jaffna University.
UPUSR convenor and the President of the Muslim Students Association, Colombo University, Mohmed Ali Khan said yesterday (3) that 26 students were admitted to the Jaffna University by the UGC for the academic year 2004/2005 and of that amount 22 were Muslim Students who could not study in Jaffna due to security concerns.
` We brought the matter to the notice of President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is also the Minister of Education, the UGC, Secretary Ministry of Education and other education officials.
Though the President gave us a favourable response, the UGC has not been able to transfer these students to other universities. The decision
to transfer them was also announced in the media but no action has been taken though half of the academic year of the Jaffna University is already over,` Khan said.
`If the authorities do not take any action to resolve this problem within a week we will stage a mass protest with all the university students unions,` he said.
Chairman UGC Professor Ranjith Mendis, when contacted by The Island denied the allegation made by the student union and said action has been taken to attach these students to the Kelaniya, Ruhuna, Peradeniya and Jayawardhanapura Universities.
After discussions with the Deans of the Medical Faculties and the
education authorities they have now agreed to take these students, he said