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Jaffna Commander Assures Adequate Security to University Students

[2012-05-24 12:50:10]

Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe urged students of the University of Jaffna to be more particular on their higher studies and concentrate on timely competition of studies negating various other activities that may ruin their future as well as of the country.

This request was made from student representatives who sat in a forum on Wednesday (23) to discuss the present situation in the University where one student had received injuries due to assault by a gang recently. This situation compelled University administration to seek assistance of the Security Forces to ensure conducive environment for students to continue higher studies without any harassments from outside elements.

The meeting chaired by the SF-J Commander was held at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office with participation of the Vice Chancellor, Deans of all faculties and a section of students of the University.

Jaffna Commander stressed that the divided country- concept within the island is only a dream, and showing allegiance directly or indirectly to the idea of separatism would never achieve that dream and hence all communities must foster coexistence.

“Being the premier and responsible academic institute in the peninsula, Jaffna University is continuing its academic affairs well and all need to cooperate with the University administration in those endevours,” said Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Vasanthi Arasarathnam briefed the forum on present situation in the University. She especially mentioned about the security threat on the life of student council leaders. While appreciating the role of the military to establish an incident-free environment in the peninsula, the Vice Chancellor requested the Commander SF-J to provide adequate security for students with coordination of the Police.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe agreed to deploy the Army and police officers near the University and roads, where undergraduates walk to attend lectures and practical sessions, to ensure their safety. He thanked the Vice Chancellor for bringing the situation of the University to his notice, which enables him to give his fullest support to ensure smooth functioning of the University where youths are moulded to be intellectuals and future leaders of the country.

Vice Chancellor Prof. V. Arasarathnam, Registrar Mr. V. Kantheepan , Dean Faculty of Arts Prof. N. Gnanakumaran, Dean Faculty of Science Prof. K. Kandasamy, Dean Faculty of Management & Commerce Prof. T. Velanamby, Dean Faculty of Agriculture Dr. Mrs. S. Sivachandran and the President - Student Union of the Management Faculty P. Sabesh Kumar, students Janem Jayanth and A Pirasanna represented the University.

Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brig. Sumith Atapattu, General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brig. Piyal Wickramaratne Commander 512 Brigade Colonel Ajith Pallawela and Chief Coordinator Civil Affairs Colonel Christy Jayasinghe were also present.

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