University students reject Mahapola founder

Students have caused severe damage to the memorial plaque for a four-storey hostel building with facilities to accommodate 400 persons at Peradeniya University in protest against its being named after the late Lalith Athulathumudali, reports say.

In view of a letter of protest handed over by the students union to the vice chancellor, the building’s opening had been postponed. The administration has launched an investigation into the incident.

The Rs. 148 million building with 100 rooms was to be opened by finance secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga on the 12th. The university administration says there is nothing wrong in naming the hostel after the founder of the Mahapola scholarship scheme. The higher education ministry is implementing the ‘Sarasavi Medura’ project to provide hostel accommodation for all university students. This is the 59th hostel built under the ministry plans to build 60 hostels for 24,000 students at a cost of Rs. 13.4 billion.

Pradeepa Weerasekara - Sathhanda

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