25 April, 2019

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Colombo University VC Resigns

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Dr Kumara Hirimburegama has resigned from the post with effect from yesterday, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Kumara HirimburegamaThe Colombo University Federation of Teachers’ Associations (CUFTA) had been demanding for VC Kumara Hirimburegama‘s resignation, since he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor.

On an earlier occasion Colombo Telegraph reported how the candidates for the post of VC fared at the voting by the Governing Council of the University of Colombo. Of the three candidates, Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama, reportedly a grade II senior lecturer got 13 votes as against the 15 votes earned by the candidate with the highest votes, namely, presently Senior Professor Lakshman Dissanayake. Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa has received 08 votes.

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  • 1
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    at last UOC will be free

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    Coincidence?

    On May Day Dr.Devasiri President Teachers Association was assaulted!

  • 2
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    Yahapalanaya achieves another milestone !!!

    Should have gone many months ago.

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    All the political appointees in not only in universities but also in other institutions must be weeded out. We all waiting for the same thing happen in Jaffna university, too. Academics committed for promoting higher education and research must be running the academic institutions and not the political stooges.

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      Saro,

      “Academics committed for promoting higher education and research must be running the academic institutions and not the political stooges.”

      In Jaffna the idea seems to be replacing the EPDP stooges with ITAK stooges. Why are ITAK stooges acceptable and EPDP stooges not? If we allow stooges then all should be accepted. ITAK is not the only party in Jaffna.

      BTW I am not defending the Jaffna VC or a supporter of EPDP.

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    Resigning not enough. All malpractices and wrong doing should be investigated and punished. Not only by this moron, but also by that stupid lady, wife.
    Activities carried out by all Vice Chancellors should be investigated. Peradeniya Vice Chancellor loves Peradeniya University and he digs tube wells for the University. Fine that’s good work. But the company digging tube wells is owned by him! The invoice for the job is signed by wife. Wonderful!

  • 1
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    Unfortunately even under Ranil situation remained the same.His first cousin who was appointed as the state Education minister resigned as Ranil said he wants to talj to Chandrika about appountments and then Cabinet minister asked Prof. Rajive to use the list he has sent to the ministry to make appointments! So Rajive left saying Ranil is a hypocrite and a dictator,

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    Yes, all political appointees should be taken out. This includes the head of SLT(president Sirisena’s brother,his son in law who is appointed to the defense ministry, Wijedasa Rajapaksa’s son appointed to the defense ministry etc.

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    I hope he is not being hounded because his wife identified too much with the Rajapakses in violation of all laws and norms.

    I guardedly use the word hounded because of this claim that he was Senior Lecturer Grade II. He was Senior Lecturer Grade I over 10 years ago and it takes only 6 years to become Snr. Lecturer Gr. I with its higher salary. Little else is required

    I find it hard to believe that Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama would not have applied for a higher grade that was there for his asking.

    Would Colombo Telegraph check on this please. Let us please find fault only where there is fault.

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      Correction bolded

      I guardedly use the word hounded because of this claim that he was Senior Lecturer Grade II. He was Senior Lecturer Grade II over 10 years ago and it takes only 6 years to become Snr. Lecturer Gr. I with its higher salary. Little else is required

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        How come that a senior lecturer is made VC. This is a post that was meant for a senior professor of distinction who could command respect of the other academics in the university. In later days, unfortunately political appointments were made but these were unusual (eg. Osmund Jayaratne being President of Colombo University). It would be good to restore the old idea that a person whose scholarship is respected is made Vice Chancellor so that people like this guy Himburegama or the woman at Jaffna University do not aspire to such positions. They bring down the standard of the university the moment they are appointed to such positions.

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    The time is ripe for all Vice-Chancellors to resign.The Minister of Higher Education should ensure this.The only problem here is that the former Minister has put his Tail between his Legs and become a Minister of some sort,under the present set-up!

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    SJU has had political catchers as VCs for many years now.

    Time for them to go please.

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    Sameway check all the ills under WD Lakshman’s VC time in Colombo University.

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      Yes very corruptive family department created person.

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    JH:

    “it takes only 6 years to become Snr. Lecturer Gr. I with its higher salary. Little else is required”

    Wrong. It takes research and publications, not just waiting for 6 years, to be promoted from Grade II to Grade I.

    “I find it hard to believe that Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama would not have applied for a higher grade that was there for his asking.”

    He didn’t apply because he doesn’t have the required academic research and publications for the promotion. Why do you think he was unable to do anything significant for the Colombo University during his tenure except to govern it badly? What other VC has not been able to hold three Senate meetings in a row with the senior academic staff of the institution? Enter the University through the Planetarium gate to see the mounds of earth and ruins of classrooms that is his legacy after getting the Army to demolish a University building.

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    VC and wife Got the UGC job- beacuse of the support from Mahinda
    Both of them not qualified

    Finanlly- justice prevailed

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