A graduate of the Kelaniya University has sued the University claiming that the procedure of selecting undergraduates for special streams was not in a proper method.
Kahatavita Liyanage Don Suresh of Dalupitiya, Kadawatha filing his plaint before the District Court of Colombo stated that due to the improper method of selection, the plaintiff could not follow any special stream while students who received lesser marks at the first year examination were selected to follow the Economics (special) stream.
Plaintiff Suresh cited eight including the University of Kelaniya, Vice Chancellor Jayantha Wijeratne, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Sunanda Madduma Bandara, IUCMS director Sarath Amunugama as defendants. The plaintiff stated that he was a final year student of the Law College.
Meanwhile he entered the University of Kelaniya in 2004 as an internal student and followed Economics, Political Science and Mass Communication. At the end of first year he received an average of 3.65 at his examination.
Suresh in his petition stated that he was in dire need to follow the Economics Special course. But at the time of application he applied separately for Economics Special and Political Science Special in case of failing to follow Economics special stream.
But later the management noticed that one student could forward only one application and asked them to withdraw the other applications if students had applied for many.
Suresh including many students did not do so in any case he could not be selected to the special stream he wanted, he would not be able to follow other preferences.
Thereafter he conveyed his grievance to the Management and requested them introduce a proper method and to allow the students a choice but was in vain.
Suresh further stated that the interviews were held simultaneously and he was not selected to follow any course. But the students who gained lesser marks at the examination than him were selected to follow the Economics special stream.
He also complained in vain to the management.
He had to follow a general degree and he was deprived of following a Economics special Course in a university for the rest of his life as well.
Plaintiff Suresh claimed Rs four million as compensation and will appear for himself.