The Arts Faculty Teachers Association (AFTA) of the Colombo University has written to the University’s Vice-Chancellor expressing their concern over the arbitrary manner in which the Deputy Vice-Chancellor was appointed and thereafter dismissed.
The AFTA Secretary, Krishantha Fedricks in a letter to Colombo University VC Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama has pointed out the grave violations of protocol that have occurred in appointing and dismissing the DVC as well as in suspending several selected temporary student counselors without any explanation, prior to the completion of their tenure.
In his letter Fedricks has pointed out that the appointment of the DVC lacked transparency due to the politicization of the position quite similar to the appointments made to several other positions in the university.
“This should have been in accordance with the procedures – similarly it should have been followed when dismissing him,” he has asserted in the letter, pointing out the dismissal has been carried out to achieve narrow ends without an impartial investigation.
The academics in their letter have also expressed their discontent over the disregard of the many requests made by the AFTA to the VC in order to discuss issues pertaining to university in general and to the academic staff and the students of the Arts faculty.
They have accused the VC of failing to seek a consultative approach to find solutions to problems in the university and of his ‘undemocratic and arbitrary manner’ in which the decisions are made.
Furthermore, they have called upon the VC to provide an appointment for a group of representatives from AFTA for a discussion while urging him to ensure the academics are not compelled to resort to a public demonstration in order to obtain an appointment for a discussion.