Colombo University academics have occupied the Vice Chancellor’s office urging him to resign from his position.
For over a month now the academics of the Colombo University have been demanding for VC Kumara Hirimburegama‘s resignation.
Today, the academics occupied the VC’s office and the Registrar’s office and they say they would continue to occupy the premises until the relevant authorities resolve their issue.
“We have informed the cabinet minister for higher education Kabir Hashim about our course of action. We hope our issue would be resolved soon,” Colombo university academic and FUTA spokesman Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri said.
FUTA Statement in Support of Colombo University Federation of Teachers’ Associations
9th of March 2015
The FUTA has been informed by its sister union, the Colombo University Federation of Teachers’ Associations (CUFTA) that they have launched a ‘sit-in’ campaign at the Vice- Chancellor’s Office of the University of Colombo, asking for the resignation of the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Colombo.
As informed earlier, the CUFTA has levelled serious allegations against the Vice-Chancellor accusing him of incompetence and abuse of power. The Colombo University Senate also discussed these allegations in detail. Subsequently, the Vice-Chancellor had excused himself from the next Senate meeting. This is having serious consequences for the management and smooth functioning of the University of Colombo.
While we extent our support to our colleagues and members at the University of Colombo, we call upon the authorities to settle this issue as soon as possible and to enable the University of Colombo to return to normalcy.
Harini Amarasuriya – Secretary