Undergraduates of all universities are on a protest this week from yesterday (13) against the delay in affiliating the Sagara Vishva Vidyalaya ? National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering ? to the Sri Jayewardenepura University.
The SVV was established by the President Mahinda Rajapakse when he was the Fisheries Minister in 1999. The main institute of the SVV is in the NARA premises in Colombo 15 and it has a branch in Tangalle. The three batches of students in the SVV were admitted earlier but no students have been admitted since 2001 to the institute.
The UPFA promised at the last general election to SVV students that the SVV will be affiliated to the Jayewardenepura University immediately when they came to power.
`The Education Minister promised us at several meetings to present a cabinet paper for affiliation. But, he has not done it,` a spokesman of the SVV Students Union told The Island yesterday.
We will protest till the education authorities effect this affiliation. Everything is ready for the affiliation in the Education Ministry, but the delay is due to the Fisheries Ministry`s failure,` he said.