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Storm Brewing At University Of Jaffna Over Book Discussion Ban And Student Politicization

After the Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna, Professor Vasanthi Arasaratnam, refused permission for Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association (JUSTA) to discuss the book Palmyra Fallen by Rajan Hoole, she has been under intense criticism for breach of a university’s intellectual ethos which she is expected to uphold. When questioned by BBC Thamil Osai, she […]

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University Of Jaffna – A New Beginning

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Every tidbit of news from University Jaffna seemed troubling if not horrible over the past years – a don caught having sex in his office with a student and still being appointed VC, the present VC forcing senior academics to endorse best wishes for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election, a […]

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Lawless University Of Jaffna: Who Will listen?

By Alahan K. Alaharatnam – Jaffna VC’s Fraudulent Credentials and Lawless Recruitment Much is written about administrative and financial corruption by the Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna. I would like to express my frustration as a foreign-based Sri Lankan wishing to return and serve but being denied by the present VC the opportunity given […]

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Grave And Dangerous Plight Of Students At The University of Jaffna

By Ratnajeevan H. Hoole –   Jaffna University Community Petitions the President Reported by Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Almost a hundred members of the Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association have petitioned the President expressing concern over the disturbance created there by the army while “no official here seems to be able to deal with the […]

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Please Keep Politics Out Of The University Of Jaffna

By Mahesan Niranjan – Not even six months have passed since my last visit to the University of Jaffna, as a participant and keynote speaker at a conference they hosted on “Capacity Building in a Post-War Context”. It was an impressive two-day event with over 400 participants and covering a wide range of topics, very […]

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VC Election At Jaffna University: Mockery Of Democracy And University Autonomy

Colombo Telegraph has come to know that the professor of Mathematics at the University of Jaffna who topped the VC’s election held recently has a questionable track record as academic administrator and public figure. Members of the University Council, as electors of Vice Chancellors, are obligated to search for and elect leaders with inclusive social […]

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Jaffna: A University Sinking In Mediocrity And Sectarianism

Perversion of Tamil Aspirations There was a time the Tamils prided themselves in contrast to the Sinhalese polity’s image as mired in religious and ethnic obscurantism. This image was highlighted in the Vaddukoddai Resolution of 1976. The Tamil militant struggle, whatever its internal divisions, was strictly secular and those with left leanings were agnostic or […]

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Jaffna University Unions Voice Indignation Against Bar On Thiagalingam For VC

Colombo Telegraph has published two reports (Report 1 and Report 2) on the developments in the election of the new Vice Chancellor at the University of Jaffna. After many bitter years of stagnation, many people have come to see the University as the obstacle to openness and progressive change. This is evident in the fear […]

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Electing A VC At Jaffna University: A Window Into Erosion Of Quality In Sri Lankan University System

Colombo Telegraph continues its exposure of corruption in Jaffna University which is ruinous for the development of the region and indeed the nation. By turning a blind eye to it, the Government and the education authorities, are by default, creating a climate where the entire system of education threatens to become toxic. In most universities […]

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Jaffna University Students Boycott Lectures; Demand To Meet President

Following the killing of two students in Jaffna by the police last week, students of the Jaffna University have been boycotting lectures, demanding a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. The Students Union of the Jaffna University has already handed over a letter requesting the University authorities to schedule a meeting between the union and the […]

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