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An Open Letter To The VC Of The USJ & The Chairperson Of The UGC: The Tragic Injury To Pasindu:Just What Do You Teach Your Students?

By Basil Fernando

Basil Fernando

An Open Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the Chairperson of the Grants Commission: The Tragic Injury to Pasindu Hirushan:Just what do you teach your students?

People are shocked by the following tragic incident. A first-year student of the management faculty of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, PASINDU HIRUSHAN, suffered serious injuries. He has been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for several days.  According to reports his condition is quite serious.

The details of the incident have not yet been published in detail. But it becomes clear that the incident was a result of an act of violence caused by one or more students against another student named, Pasindu Hirushan. He is a first year student at the University. There is some speculation that the incident may be due to ragging.

While the Police have announced an independent inquiry, the Vice-Chancellor of VIDYODAYA UNIVERSITY and the Chairperson of the Grants Commission have also promised independent inquiries and punishment of the culprits. It appears that the promise of inquiries, when judged by similar inquiries promised in other universities, is merely an attempt to appease the public. They are angry about the incident similar to  that of Hirushan. Judging by past experiences of such inquiries, it is fair to accept that such statements are made to have a placebo effect-to appease public anger at such actions. In the end, the whole matter will be forgotten as the anger dies down. In any case, given the kind of dysfunctionality that prevails within the Judicial System of Sri Lanka, it is quite problematic. Added to the injuries, the student if he survives, or his parents will have to drag themselves to the Courts for 15 years or more before any one is convicted of a serious offence like this.

In any case, to only blame the students is a way of escaping the responsibility which lies with the University Administration led by the Vice-Chancellor and the Grants Commission. One question that needs to be asked of these Education Authorities is: what kind of education are you imparting to these students? Pasindu’s incident is not an isolated one. Even worse incidents have been reported from other universities, including organized attempts of prolonged sexual abuse of students. In one instance, a student reported that he finally left the University because of the prolonged harassment he had suffered.

A University Education is meant to develop refinement and to inculcate a value system within a student. It means that in their future life they would play a much more positive role in Society-at-large. Education is not just about teaching particular subjects and awarding degrees. After a person obtains such a degree he/she enters into the broader Society.  The person must have a higher appreciation of values and should be able to interact with the rest of Society in a creative and caring manner.

This does not automatically happen when someone is admitted to a University. The responsibility lies with those who conduct such educational endeavors. They must consciously bring to their curriculum and activities a three-pronged approach. This will help the students to respect each other, love each other and care for each other. In the early days of University education in Sri Lanka this attempt was made quite successfully. Many who passed through the corridors of Universities could keep long term relationships and contribute to Society within a culture of values commonly shared. It may be that all of them do not turn out that way. However, for the most part, development of personality in a positive direction was an ideal cherished in all education, particularly in the institutions of higher learning.

It appears that stories of sheer cruelty and barbarity are constantly being reported. And Universities offer nothing more than pure disciplinary inquiries. There is something radically wrong here in the educational philosophy being put into effect in such Universities. This is what the Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Grants Commission should examine: the responsibility of not only students who may have caused this injury but about their own responsibility too. Self-examination on the part of the authorities who run the universities would have a far more reaching-impact than mere disciplinary or criminal inquiries. This is not to say that such inquiries are NECESSARY. It is only to point out the obvious.  In the ladder of the hierarchy of merits, self-examination of Education Authorities refers to two areas. First, how have they been carrying about their responsibilities? Second, how are they motivated regarding the concepts and philosophy of education?  This would be a far better test of finding out why such a low level of behavior manifests itself so often.

For a long time now, the Public has not taken much interest in the type of education that is needed and should be expected from our Universities. NOW is when the ideals of a University Education should be made part of a Community discussion. And, the Authorities responsible for running these institutions, held responsible for imparting to students an education that is humane. Cultivation of a positive value system should be the test by which an education system is judged.

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    The real question is what did those parents teach their children?

    Just look at the direction the majority of our electorate has taken in the recent most election? Do most of our citizens condone violence and theft so much so we promote those evading criminal prosecution and due justice to lead our country?

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      Good view. The Vice Chancellor of the University should be arrested immediately, for failing to discharge his responsibility thereby allowing commission of criminal acts. Til the vice chancellors ate dealt under penal code, the problem will never end. His excellency GR , Please start a new chapter by charging Vice Chancellors.

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      As a former academic, I can say that no academic is interested in stopping ragging and this is the biggest issue. All academics turn a blind eye even when they see it with their own eyes.

      Academics simply does not want to get involved with ragging and allows the students to do what they want.

      Academics take no responsibility for ragging.

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        This is obvious from the way this barbaric acts are allowed to continue inside universities. If academics, who are supposed to mold the character of students, allow this to happen inside universities, what can you expect from a society to which these brainwashed individuals move into? No wonder there is no compassion in this country. Cruelty, thuggery, disrespect for elders, cheating, bribery, corruption, indiscipline is rampant in the Sri Lankan society. There are no Buddhist values here. I think it is wrong to call this island a “Paradise”. We have never had a leader with guts to put this country on the correct path.

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      Mr. Basil Fernando,

      Re; What do you teach your students?

      1. Para-Sinhala Para- “Buddhisam”, called Buddha Agama, Buddha’s Religion, that is a distortion of Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha, by the monks, parents, teachers and the politicians for their own hegemony and self-interest.

      So, the whole basis of what they teach is build on quick sand.

      This is the 2,300 year-old Para- Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” civilization, which the mean IQ 79, imbeciles are proud of and follow by prostrating to saffron clad monks, who were recruited as child monks at age 7, given Monk training on their backs by the senior monks, the tradition.

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      Basil Fernando,

      Education and responsibility.

      Two more females aged 56-year-old returnee from Italy and 17-year-old girl, a relative of an earlier patient were tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases reported from Sri Lanka to 10.

      What did those infected do wrong? They have been at the eying places at the wrong times.

      However, right now Italy and Europe seem to be the epicenters for the Coronavirus. Every traveler must be quarantined, before they spread in the general population..

      Are the students getting the wrong education since independence?

    • 1
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      A relevant read;
      “Unethical Mosstroopers Have Entered Politics & Running Governance“ – Part II
      Colombo Telegraph
      MARCH 16, 2020
      AUTHOR: LACILLE DE SILVA
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/unethical-mosstroopers-have-entered-politics-running-governance-part-ii/

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    Nadasean even before he became Presdent, kept those B******s under control , with the freshers learning Hand to Hand combat from our brave War Heroes.

    Dr Rani’s Akila Boy came and F******* them .. Didn’t he?..Big time.

    I am sure this dastardly act on a bright student, who came to sharpen his Education in University will not go un noticed by same Nnadaseana who is now the new President of real deal Law & Order Lankawe where . even ex Heavy Ministers are running away from the CID along with the Yahapalana Underworld..

    Can’t wait to see those same do gooders who objected to our Uni freshers being prptected by the Army Boys will come out again holding their placards for Human Rights , Freedom and Yahapalana Education which Dr Rani and Akila Boy introduced.

    • 14
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      ‘ To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.’
      – T.Roosevelt-

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    It is time HE the President put a stop to this rubbish once and for all . A vast majority of Sri Lankans are fed up with the sadistic acts including sexual harassment and rape that go on under the guise of ‘ragging’ . The incumbent President is known to be a man of firm resolve . Let him send in the troops if that is what is required – all right thinking people will support him .

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      You have a funny notion that ‘troops’, ‘military’, and ‘regimentation’ will solve all our problems. Do you have any idea on how our land has gotten in to the rot we ourselves in.

  • 21
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    Universities may be APART from wider society but, finally, they are A PART of it, and reflect its condition.
    One must ask: Why such cruelty and crudity?
    What do they say about the country in general?

    One must start by looking at the words and conduct of prominent figures such as leaders, monks and others because, as it’s said, when a fish goes bad it starts rotting from the head and then works its way down.

  • 16
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    I cannot comment on the post-1956 political era and from when the concept of free education was introduced.?
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    I remember vividly when the university students who made possible the Sirimavo led the SLFP party to sit on the royal throne.
    as we were living in the Fort area thanks to my late father’s job, I was able to bear witness to the unnecessary attack on the premises of the Lake House the publishers of many of the daily newspapers.
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    all I can boldly state that since 1970 when the so-called bogus socialists brought forth their garbage including racism the whole concept of discipline just shot through many a window into oblivion?
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    as more and more swabasha students were given the opportunity of free education it was and it is natural that quality of them would be educated classes had to bear the lapses in the deterioration of the higher education sector.?.
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    now thanks to the 1956 poll discipline and lawful modes of behavior and conduct hulungata giya, by this I mean a gone with the wind.
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    now if a corruption-free, morally right leader or political party appears this nation and many others in the less developed parts of the world will have to continue itself with a low degree of education and with that also comes a sharp decline in the standards of living, etc.?
    in conclusion, the decline in the quality of every aspect of life since the fateful 1956 election I proudly and steadfastly proclaim without any doubt is S.W.R.D. Banda and his band of mirthless are responsible for the moral decline in the behavioral and living standards on this once upon a time wonderful isle which was the envy of many nations.?
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    in disgust & sadness, R. J.

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      ROHAN JOHNPILLAI A typical example of ” Koheda Yanne, Malle Pol” . Best if you kept silent, Your speaking expose your lack of intelligence.

      Pre 1956, they were very intelligent. You might have been a drop out. When you witnessed that were you in the road cleaning contingent?

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        You have email up there, Father?

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        Choppe
        what do you mean by this obnoxious comment.?
        do you think in your tiny little maggot of a brain, that I do not have the intelligence to comprehend and are you inferring that have I written is poppycock.?
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        everything free which is given to the demoralized masses is the root cause for the present trend in your well-developed paradise.?
        please educate this para demala who’s the lowest of the lowest in every aspect.?
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        cheers, R. J.

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          RJ: You hyave said it:I written is poppycock.? Yes youn did shuttle brian

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            If you really are a Reverend, you should be Mindful of your Language!

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        A good point Reverend. This Johnpillai fellow has been murdering the Queen’s English for some considerable time.

        Apart from this, he also suffers from Verbal Diarrhea a condition suffered by an individual who has the inablility to shut the fuck up.

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    Gotabaya may have a ‘Strong Man’ image but he cannot control the older university undergraduates and stop them from ragging the new students. He also cannot get the big tea companies to pay a Rs.1,000/- daily wage to the estate workers. Those companies have an intentionally diabolical two-tier structure. The first tier (production operations) is impoverished but the second tier (marketing operations) is very prosperous. His party will also not be able to get a two-thirds parliamentary majority at the next elections. He will continue to be a ‘lame duck’ president for the rest of his term.

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      Stan – Like “Donald Duck” our president is an American citizen and is not qualified to be the “Commander-in-Thief” of our country called Sorry Lanka!

  • 16
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    Basil’s plea is shrill and a worthy one.
    Looking at the damage, abuse and violence inflicted on muslims during the riots in Aluthgama, Digana and Minuwangoda, nobody has been convicted or sentenced. It is the poor tax payer who has had to bear the burden of rebuilding these towns and the lives of their inhabitants. Is there a difference between these ugly racial riots and the abusive, mean and violent ragging of those helpless and innocent freshers of an university? Commissions, Commissions, Commissions – the people are sick and tired of them. We need Action, Action and Action. I thought we were promised this by the new president?

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    First of all, the immediate requirement is to remove the Vice Chancellor and prosecute him for failing in his job.He cannot claim ignorance. This problem had been there through at least 50 years at a very serious level, while it was mild during the years earlier.Since 1948, no Minister, no Govt took action to stop this. the worst joke was the Yahapalanaya with Kumarasinghe with no back bone as the Minister in charge.
    The next step is to provide the UGC one month to provide a master plan to stop this menace and to stop it. They can but they and the VCs have no back bone same as Kumrasinghe. After all they are ex University people.Otherwise lug them in jail for 10 years- with no facility to use the Prison hospital.

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    Thanks to the Bandaranaike/Kanangaras who created this free Education curse. This is what has been created a bunch so called educated ruffian thugs who are law unto themselves pandered on by a useless bunch of uneducated politicians who protect them. No wonder intelligent / Educated students GO OVERSEAS and who are lost to this country forever.

  • 8
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    They Teach Bulldust. Not to respect fellow student. They will be of no use in the future as none is principle centered

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      Renu, Pre school, school, university, community and others need a teaching relevant to the issues of life facing the whole world as of today. If their is a living Father/Savior who paid the parental price of love to get us out of generational karma coming down from ancestors and our own personal intentional evil acts against others, why not try something different from the usual self sufficiency we so blatantly profess to have.
      Psalm 33:12-22
      12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
      13 The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
      14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
      15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
      16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
      17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
      18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
      19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
      20 Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
      21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
      22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
      We have the free will to choose to accept this free gift given by a parent.

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        Citizen, this is not the right place for your blatant proselytizing. Can’t you find some hungry vulnerable children to brainwash with your contradictions?

  • 12
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    What has happened to this helpless fresher is a crime. A crime that his fellow students didn’t see was wrong.
    One must understand something fundamental here, as humans we have two side to ourselves, one is the primal /animalistic nature in us while the other is the civilised human nature.
    These two exist side by side.
    The extent or proportion of each side in us varies from individual to individual.
    As one gets more and more civilised his attitudes begin to completely overcome the animalistic nature in us.
    Mudita, Karua, upeksha, Maitree begin to manifest in his or her actions.
    Similarly for those who are closer to their primal nature for their survival, the opposite attitudes prevail.
    The sad thing about our society is that, despite our 2,500 years of civilisation, it seems that the animal side in us is far more developed than the human side.
    We are basically taught by society, family and even the clergy to sharpen our primal skills as a means of survival. It’s a shame. We are actually sliding back in our ways and going back to where we started.

  • 7
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    According to the Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act No. 20 of 1998, ragging is a distinct and punishable offence by law. If the ragging leads to sexual harassment or grievous hurt, it is a non-bailable offence and the punishment is increased to ten years’ imprisonment. Nevertheless, despite the arrests, how many have been penalised for their hand in these crimes? In addition, there is an act that protects the victims and witnesses of ragging: Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act, No. 4 of 2015. The act is meant to provide help and protection to victims and witnesses of the crime, as well as offer assistance in getting compensation from the offenders and obtaining redress (restitution, rehabilitation, compensation, reparation).

    A study by the UGC in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, UNICEF and other universities, titled “Ragging, Sexual and Gender based violence in Sri Lankan University system” painted a bleak picture of the state of ragging in the country. The study recorded responses from 15000 and 1550 staff members. The study found that a staggering 44-55 % of students reported that they were ragged while 28% reported sexual or similar harassment.

    The above info from the DM article published today.

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    Give maximum sentance to the culprits.

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      Indeed. Just take them to back of the Campus and shoot ’em down.

      Extra ordinary problems always need extra ordinary solutions.

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    The two Acts quoted by Craig are sufficient to allow presence of specially trained members of Police and/or Armed Forces during the first few weeks of admission of new entrants to universities, to enforce the law.
    Their very presence and/or a few arrests will deter this sadistic practice.
    The President/Minister should take urgent action.

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      justice, you suggest all these and then you will also call the Prez, Gotler?

  • 5
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    The Army needs to take control of the Universities NOW. We will never allow this kind of rubbish to happen if we were in charge.

    In case there was indiscipline while the army was in charge we know what to do to fellas like that. We did the same thing to them way back in 1989.

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera,

      “We will never allow this kind of rubbish to happen if we were in charge”

      From Wikipedia: “Sri Lankan soldiers returning from war re-entered the college educational system and brought with them the tradition and techniques of military style ragging”

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        “We will never allow this kind of rubbish to happen if we were in charge”
        Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, raping is not ragging No? What happens to the females arrested

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      Then, the remedy will be worse than the disease.

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      The ragging should stop immediatly.
      Security cameras and security personnel should be within the campus.
      Intelligence gathering should be strong within the campus.

      Justice should be swift and the culprits should be deregistered when criminal activity is proved.

      Treat them as any other criminal these buggers should not be allowed to terrorise other students.

  • 6
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    garbage in garbage out seems to be with universities in sl.

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    This is the end result for screwing up the 19A by the previous regime with western influence.
    Western way of life & their democracy enforced to the East have screwed up the balance of life.
    This Uni incident comes as no surprise.

    The fury of the Nature is in full force for all of us to see. Western block unable to see or contain the COVID19. Only focused on stock market. $ 50tr to be poured in & their Nuclear arsenel.
    China has contained COVID and now move into Italy to assist that Govt to grapple COVID 19 by sending medical teams/medicine & equipment.

    Palestine Dr. Manar Saadi has discovered a serum and handed over to China which has proven a 100% success.

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    Then, the remedy will be worse than the disease. Shavendra Silva should be appointed as the Vice-Chancellor.

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    In this essay, the writer says: ” University Education is meant to develop refinement and to inculcate value systems with students. After the University Education “The person must have a higher appreciation of values and should be able to interact with the rest of the societ in a creative and caring manner” . Yesterday, SIX suspects were produced in Courts. There were “Lawyers” appearing for the suspect, who wanted “BAIL”. What did the “Lawyers” said to the Judge. “The suspects did not have pre-meditated intention to cause this “ACCIDENT”. There were no CCTV cameras to actually to identify and the University Authorities must be questioned on that. Now compare this “Presentation” of the “University Educated” Lawyers with the “Theme” that the writer has presented. Now these bunch of “Lawyers” are trying to prove it an “ACCIDENT” with “NO PREMEDITATED INTENTION” to cause the accident. What are we and where are we? The worst are the “BUDDHIST PRIESTS” who are in the Universities. Haven’t they been taught any “Value Systems”? So if this how the “University Educated” Lawyers and “Buddhist Priests” have developed “Refinement” (as writer mentioned) what is Education System in Sri Lanka? Where are we to start the “REFINEMENT” and “INCULCATE” Value Systems.?The whole thing has gone out of control. The REMEDY is not “Militarization” as the present regime thinks, but STRONG LEADERSHIP at all levels with a COMMITMENT to overhaul and institute sanity into the system.

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      Douglas: You refer to the socalled Buddhist Priests. After the first enema is inserted they forget all about pain.The best possible solution is what do what Robespeiere did in France

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    first year ragging should be treated very serious. Those second years should be punished and some of them should be treated by psychiatrists. I think the first years who went through ragging should be given psychiatric help.

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    Alas, Basil, your plea will fall on deaf ears. What students learn at universities is the now entrenched arrogance of impunity and the near complete breakdown in ethics and morals. After all, who better to learn from than our war “hero” president, his cabal of killer military people, his brother the ex-president and the vast array of teachers at all levels who have learnt the art of survival of the greediest, the most murserous and the cruelest.

    Sadly, the value system now being taught to our students is not the preserve of one family, even if they have refined it to a fine art of murder, larceny and nepotism.

    This is of course, old hat, but the origins of the current situation can be traced back to the divisive policies of our colonial masters, which then trickled down to our so-called learned leaders such as SWRDB and JRJ, who realised the great advantages of playing race-based politics and who both had bones to pick for utterly selfish reasons.

    Betwixt the two champions above named, there was an effective interregnum played out for narrow nationalistic/racist advantage by our very own first woman PM in the world and, despite all our best laid hopes, extended to the current despots running the country, by none less than our Sorbonne educated damsel CBK, who vowed to do better than the rest but couldn’t help but join the rest despite being given the chance of a life-time by our serially dumb electorate. (Amarasiri might aptly say the “sub-79” brigade!!!).

    So dear friends, the genie is now firmly out of the bottle, and despite the breathtaking beauty of our dear country and the natural warmth of its people, I fear very much that our country is, sadly, well and truly fu**ed.

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    The universities are closed for corona virus. They should be permanently closed as they are having a coronary thrombosis. They do not allow Sri Lankan academics abroad to come to teach at the Sri Lankan universities because of the fear that their inadequacies would be exposed to the students. The University of Jaffna, ranked below 6000, is the worst offender. They insulate themselves and believe that they are the best. Jaffna University guys have also been corrupt. There have been a lot of riggings. They are all swept under the carpet. The Vice Chancellors of all universities are suspect. They constitute the UGC. It is best to send the b….s packing and start anew. We have universities that are not suited to producing the countries needs. Why have them?

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      Kabara: Lets make a list. What are the needs of the country?

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    The present Vice Chancellor and the UGC chairman who was the ex VC of this pathetic University are both suckers of this regime. What can you , Basil, expect from these two men who are incapable but got their promotions through sucking the ass of these Rajapaksas.

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    Very good article – thank you for spotlighting the root cause as the very highly paid university staff, who should at least now, stop passing the blame and start what this article recommends: “Self-examination”, now woefully absent in university staff and top brass.
    So what should be done is what is important: the staff should first be trained in this ‘self-reflection’ (rather than only be blamed) if students are to become long-term trained (rather than short-term ‘forced’ by army/police personnel! ). To do this, the plea is to put back the very effective staff training courses that were once there at universities like Colombo (the course has really now dropped the self-reflection training part after a Muslim lady was appointed Head – a long-term plan to destroy universities?).
    A good start is for the UGC to bring these ‘self-reflection’ component back, employing good staff trainers. if staff lack training and mindsets, how can they train their students?
    A good example of deteriorating UGC mindsets that abandon effective university staff training is that the Staff Development body of the UGC (called the ‘Standing Committee’) has not met even once for the last 2 to 3 years for ‘self-examination’. Has self-examination been dismantled in universities?
    Indeed, VCs should be held responsible, apart from getting only their perks: please restore staff training courses to build accountability of university staff, VCs, and UGC staff too – then (perhaps?) we can start to bring back hope in our higher education, compared to higher education destroying our youth and society.

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    To put it simply… The law enforcement in this country is appalling. First of all, correct that, all else will fall in place automatically.
    The absolute truth is ignored by all and the blame game goes on.

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    These bloody fellows who injure other students should be treated just like any other criminal.Because from time immemorial they have not been charged and sent to prison it is happening over and over again.nothing concentrates a persons mind more than his imminent execution.Do the crime and do your time.All this dangerous type of ragging would have stopped full stop if at least one fellow went to jail.Otherwise it will be the same old talk all over again in the future.For domestic violence and child abuse too the same principle must apply.Regardless of whther it is a university student or your spouse or child you cannot get special treatment if you assault them.Assault is assault and jail is where you have to spend some time.Once the word spreads that regardless of what type of crime you will spend time in jail all this will stop.

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    Dear Writer,
    I am not sure whether you have a university degree in Sri Lanka or elsewhere. You are trying to show your unwanted “Pandithakama” or “Bahusratha”.

    There is nothing to hide that there is a law and order problem in Sri Lankan universities . But it is not a larger issue as you have highlighted. But it is also not only limited to the State Universities in Sri Lanka. The universities in Sri Lanka operate within the bigger social, economic and political environment. There is a general break down of the bigger environment due to the adverse social and political impact of the last few decades. So that these things are flowing into the universities in Sri Lanka.

    This latest episode has nothing to do with ragging at the USJ. It is an idiot act carried out by a few students and they have been arrested and due punishment will be given in the future by respective courts and authorities. The responsible students have already accepted their guilt in the unintentional crime that they have committed.

    There is one solution for these minor issues in the universities. That is to have a police post in the universities in Sri Lanka, similar to US universities and take appropriate action based on the legal system of the country.

    There is nothing to hide. I went to the USJ 30 years ago. It is one of the best universities in Sri Lanka. Majority of the students complete their studies and contribute to the development of Sri Lanka. There are also 1000s of graduates of USJ working in overseas countries. Therefore, positive side of USJ is much better than this minor act carried out by a few students.

    Therefore, before you write do an appropriate research and fact finding.

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      Sunil

      You are talking rubbish.

      The academics are not interested in stopping ragging. You as a former SJU academic knows the actual situation. The academics turn a blind eye when they see ragging.

      For your info, NSBM which is a GOVT owned fee levying university has no ragging or thuggery. How is that??? In fact the visionary VC of NSBM is a former academic of SJU.

      Time to give up and come back from the plush western comforts and put the system right without being an arm chair critic.

      Ajith

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        Ajith
        Your point that the absolute silence of academics is the main reason is absolutely correct. Even those who directly confront students and oppose ragging are thought to be jokers and trouble makers by these silent morons. The reason is that they have been raggers themselves and the other is that they are too scared of student thugs. There is a story that a university academic refused to challenge some raggers caught red handed because he says that the students will damage his brand new car!
        As many have commented VCs should be removed for incompetence or even jailed for not looking after the safety of the students.
        Government should appoint competent army personnel to run the universities since the VCs have failed miserably. They only buy time to a preliminary inquiry committees, normal inquiry committee and an appeals committee. By that time these student unions have made enough threats to the VC, deans and other academic staff that they should be left off the hook or face the consequences. All these academics succumb to such pressure.
        Even the antiragging act is useless since the VCs never report these to the police, again due to student pressure and since the police are not keen to prosecute the culprits even if they are apprehended. Then the courts do not consider this as a priority and often release these students. Then the attorney generals department who are only keen on expediting political cases sit on these ragging cases forever.
        AS someone said the agriculture students caught is a case in point.

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    The universities should be fee levying. If the students pay for their education, they would not be in the streets fighting for manipulating political parties. Now that we have a dictator, it would be the best time to do it. Universities teach Pali and Sanskrit, not subjects useful for economic development but for propagating narrow nationalism. Try to imitate countries like Singapore and Malaysia, where universities have been made into corporations with each one trying to make money to run itself and its research through grants and alliances with business and other economic groups. The state should promote research in a few selected institutions which have a record of dedicated research. Politicians just keep on creating Pali, Sanskrit universities so that they could easily fill students cheaply. They create unemployable people who become disgruntled and the whole country suffers due their narrow politics. Get rid of these universities for a start.

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      Hi Kabara:
      You have some good ideas, but you need to build on them in a quantitative way. When you say universities should serve the needs of the country, you need to be more persuasive by (as I suggested before) making a list of what are needs of the country. And then you suggest they should be fee paying. How much would you charge? Maybe you are right Pali and Sanskrit should go? But where will you draw the line? How about Anthropology? How about History (Mahawamsa or Wigneswaran, never mind)? And how about English? Should we replace English by Korean and Arabic — demonstrable needs of the country in terms of our economics? You see, you have room to build on your great ideas. Go ahead please.

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        Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The so called STEM education with English as the link language. That is the way the world is going.

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    Ragging starts not only at the university, but also in early stages. I recall how I suffered both physically and mentally at the age of thirteen as a hosteler in a leading school in Kandy. I got transferred from the junior dormitory to the senior dormitory after completing the eight standard. The seniors made a hell for us for several months without any mercy. We were requested to make their beds in the morning, bring morning tea to bed from the dining hall, polish shoes and some good looking juniors went under sexual harassment.We were beaten with table tennis rackets for not complying with their requests . This was the situation in early sixties and I believe this still continues. I heard from the daughter of a close friend how she got severely ragged recently at the Faculty of Agriculture at Makandura of the Wayamba university simply for being a student of a leading girl’s school in Colombo and for doing her ALs in the English medium. It was also learnt that ragging takes place with the blessings of some members of the teaching staff who suffered similarly in the past. None of my hostel ‘raggers’ could make a sound career in their lives. A socioeconomic survey of the ‘raggers’ would indicate that they are from broken families with economic hardships, poor schooling back ground or victims of the cast system prevailing in the country.

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      Pippo, In Sri Lanka, the caste system cannot be eliminated because the Sangha themselves are divided into these groups and propagate them. Also they will not allow english education for students as they lose control over them. So SB doomed religiously for political purposes. Ragging is just another expression of this struggle to cover the inferiority of social standing, and has to be dealt with judicial discipline.

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        Aiyo The Mahasanga should lead from the front without eating and sleeping all the time and allowing younger monks like Gnanasara , Rathana and so on and so forth representing Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

        Take the lead from the Buddha and preach the pure Dharma and live the Dharma.

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        There is projected a food shoprtage – long term.We should commence eating Sinhala Beef. Can collect about 100000 mfrom each tyemple.

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      We have psychos in Sri Lanka…..We need more psychiatrists to clean up this place, where immoral things happen in secret….What a pathetic set up!

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    Unwanted s have entered unis.
    Z score and free edcation has sucked off the whole system.
    Get rid off it.

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