Undergraduates of the Arts and Management faculties of the Colombo University allege that the University administration is showing no interest in re-opening the university and this has greatly caused inconvenience to them.
The two faculties were closed indefinitely following a clash on July 27 between two student groups, which resulted in some students being hospitalized and damage to University property.
`Our faculty has been closed for more than a month. All academic activities and examinations have been postponed. But, the University administration has still not taken steps to recommence the academic activities immediately. Thus, we are facing several problems.
We have to stay longer at the University and have to prepare again and again to sit the examinations,` a final year female undergraduates of the Arts faculty told The Island yesterday.
Just after the clash, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Tilak Hettiarachchi, told The Island that institutional investigations were in progress to identify those who were responsible and they would have to pay for the damages.
He also said that until those responsible for damaging public property were identified and punished and the cost of the damage s recovered from them, the two faculties would not be reopened for the academic programmes.
Meanwhile, Convener of the Inter University Students` Federation, the largest students union of the country, Duminda Nagamuwa also alleged that the University administration should not punish the students. He warned that if the administration failed to reopen the two faculties soon and there would be a mass protest.
Professor Hettiarachchi yesterday denied students allegations. He said that they were still investigating the clash.