18 February, 2020

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Either The VC Candidate Husband Or The UGC Chairperson Wife Must Withdraw From Their Positions – Law Teachers

By Colombo Telegraph

“One of the candidates is the spouse of the current chairperson of the UGC. The UGC makes its own recommendation to the President on who out of the three candidates ought to be appointed as VC. The actual and perceived independence of a Vice Chancellor is essential for the autonomous functioning of the university. The UGC is the regulator of higher education in Sri Lanka and has to act independently from the respective university. The UGC makes determinations, among other things, regarding allocation of funds and appointments to university councils. The University Services Appeals Board is under the purview of the UGC. The independence of the university from the UGC therefore is essential. Therefore, either the candidate or the UGC chairperson must immediately withdraw from their respective positions.” says the Association of Law Teachers of the University of Colombo

We publish below the ALTUC statement in full;

ALTUC (the Association of Law Teachers of the University of Colombo) at the Special General Meeting on the 8th of March 2013 unanimously adopted the following statement regarding the selection and nomination of a Vice Chancellor for the University of Colombo

ALTUC is an association committed to upholding the rule of law, democratic values and the respect for human dignity and rights. It is entrusted with the task of inculcating the same.

UGC Chairperson - Hirimburegama - (Center)

A Vice Chancellor of a university is the chief executive officer who acts as the representative of the institution and the officer who acts as the leader of the institution. As such, the Vice Chancellor is called to provide vision, leadership and inspiration to the university wide community and assert, among other things, the autonomy of the institution.

It has been made known that three candidates have been selected/nominated for the post of vice chancellor. Two significant concerns are noted in this regard;

  1. One of the candidates is the spouse of the current chairperson of the UGC. The UGC makes its own recommendation to the President on who out of the three candidates ought to be appointed as VC. The actual and perceived independence of a Vice Chancellor is essential for the autonomous functioning of the university. The UGC is the regulator of higher education in Sri Lanka and has to act independently from the respective university. The UGC makes determinations, among other things, regarding allocation of funds and appointments to university councils. The University Services Appeals Board is under the purview of the UGC. The independence of the university from the UGC therefore is essential. Therefore, either the candidate or the UGC chairperson must immediately withdraw from their respective positions.
  2. The call for applications/nominations and the time allocated for discussion and debate on the suitability of the candidates within the broader university community has been effectively eliminated. The application deadline for the post of VC was the 28th of February and the candidates have been scheduled to make their presentations on the 11th of March. A longer time period is desirable if the selection process is to be more participatory and transparent.

Therefore; We request the Council to consider the issue of conflict of interest. Debate on the potential impact it could have on the process and reach an informed and carefully thought through decision on the matter. The Council ought to act in the best interest of the institution.

Provide for a more transparent and participatory process in the selection process. Providing wide publicity to the process, inviting comments from the university community and encouraging university wide debate and discussion are possible methods to be employed.

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    Newly appointed Chairperson of the UGC is efficient and looks in to the pressing issues facing higher Education sector in Sri Lanka. Professionals hope that those who take policy decisions would pay attention to these aspects. Almost similar proportions sat for the 2011 advanced level examinations from old and new syllabus however, 845 students from the old syllabus were allocated for medical faculties where as only 470 students from the new syllabus were allocated for faculties of medicine out of 1315 students. Overall 64.258 percent of places were allocated for old syllabus only 35.741% were allocated for the new syllabus. Even the historical percentage of last five years which was above forty percent, this figure is also not maintained at the end. Not only lower percentage was selected, much higher ranks from the new syllabus were deprived of further education.
    It is not clear how the UGC is going to compensate the students affected due to change made in the method of admission. This time there is a unique problem of high ranking students with high Z scores who were not selected, This time the key problem is that the merit and the rank have not been taken in to consideration when they allocate places.
    UGC will have to compensate by absorbing affected students who appealed in due time , willing to go to peripheries, deprived of education and left over without sleeted to any faculty by taking them in the order of island ranks tat is on the basis of merit which is z score. Syllabus, district and the quota system have already been taken in to consideration, large number of vacancies and under registration means this same method is going to fail again. Instead there are higher rank high Z score students who appeal and willing to go to peripheries.
    There will be applications as appeals; discrepancies and irregularity on cutoff marks can be minimized by filling the newly appeared large number of vacancies in the order of Island ranks. If they use the same highly controversial, experiential method based on percentages to fill vacancies on appeals the victims will be further victimized when they fill the places now available due to under registration.
    Different quota have already been allocated, and the UGC has given them places accordingly, so there is no need to do the same mistake again for the appeals as there are large number do not want to accept those places given to them . There are applicants with higher ranks and higher z scores willing to go to peripheries. Now what is left for the UGC is to compensate higher ranking students who were victims and badly affected due to bungling done by the UGC. Key problem is that merit and the rank have not been taken in to consideration when they allocate places on the basis of percentages. Now the UGC has an opportunity to minimize the damage. Will they do a similar mistake again? Please give the priority to higher ranking students from any district who are completely deprived of university education , give the priority to merit and the z score rather than for the district or the syllabus, as new syllabus in the field of medicine get only 35% and the higher ranking students were deprived.
    Mistake on admissions could happen again, admission policy on filling large number of vacancies now available can also be expected to be wrong, as the UGC made a series of mistakes on admissions recently, this new situation prevailing at the moment where there are a large number of places available due to failures in admission policy. Process of filling vacancies on appeals received this time need to be designed in such a way in order to compensate victims, and to give an opportunity to the best students victimized on the basis of Z score ranks. That would immensely benefit all state Universities in the Island.

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      There is a major problem of under registration, one fifth have not registered specially in the Universities in out stations.

      This figure is supposed be over 30 percent under registration in out stations.

      Out of around twenty six thousand places allocated only about nineteen thousand see to have been filled.

      At least now they should fill vacancies in the order of Island ranks in all subject streams, giving the highest priority for best students with high marks not selected, this need to be done in the order of merit.

      List the applicants on appeals in the order of Z score and fill the vacancies in the order of merit. Highest ranking students affected will not be able to complain on irregularities once it is completed in a very fair simple and a strait forward method.

      That would solve the endless issue of discrepancies once and for ever.

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    Ms..A.Sugunawathi – has come to the defence of Dr. Sharma.
    The editor may not have seen the following aguna in Sugunawathi’s comment:

    “Go in front of mirror remove your cloth and look down. But some time you may do not have that.”

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    It is said that the chairperson of the UGC, when functioning as the VC raised the international webometric standard of the Colombo university to a high level. I am wondering how did she do this? Can some one pl. enlighten us?

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    This UGC Chair woman try to get University to right track:
    Sack fake profs who do not have PhD from good Universities and 15 minimum publications in ISI/Scopus level journals.Send lecturers to right countries and Universties to do PhDs. India, Thailands and Malaysia and East European countries must banned. Take example malysia any body apply they get for PhD and without any traning they offer PhD if they pay money. What you can do with this PhD. Only can become a professor in Sri Lankan Universties.Stop doing PhD by Lecturers in their on country and Universities and say them to go aboard and do it.

    Ruhuna University 99% profs are fakes, Moratuwa 90%, Colombo 94%, J.Pura 98%, Sabaragamuwa 100%, Rajarata 100%,Uva wellasa no Profs only one fake. PIM J.Pura 100% fakes…

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    Thanks Sumanapala. Yes we should stop Sri Lankn University Lecturers are going to Inia to get useless phd. Because they can get it from Sri Lankn by sending US $ 100 by post. Even two phd thy will send. Malaysia and Thailands are very very useless to get education. Because Malay and Thais means very low level unprofessional people. What you can learn from them. They look at your money and you get PhD without any training.

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    I am really happy to see the comments which reveals the inside the real situation of Sri Lankan public Universities. Fake professors appointments to family dept and unqualified mafia, blank degree papers, sex farms…etc. But the main problem is not the PhDs from lower level Institutions and countries but the current system never allow any qualified PhD to enter to the system. Few pople run it as their family and mafia business. Colombo University arts faculty family dept and its Emiritus case world famous to show how badly Sri Lankan Universities run as a mafia by few educated people.Now they have the world’s most humerous title (Senior Professor) no where you find this type of title. With immediate effect cancell this lauguhable title. Hope this new UGC chair woman will do something to clean University system not like act family dept Emiritus and his henchmen.

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      Prof. Warnakula,
      “Senior Professor” is derived from “Senior Minister”.
      There are a few ‘senior ministers’ who have no responsibilities and nothing to do, except ‘toe the line’of the regime.

      I long for the days of the University of Ceylon which had full autonomy, and managed its own affairs.
      U of C degrees were accepted all over the world.

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      Prof.Ransiri Waranakula also appears on the internet only in Colombo Telegraph. I am wondering this professor is also attached to the Ministry of Defence and sitting at a computer there and responding to articles and comments on various web sites as his job. Look at the comments by Rev.H.Dammananda, G.Sumanapala, Ms..A.Sugunawathi, Dr Sharma Joyshiya,Ms. Rajitha Aponsu, Siripala Perera, Charitha Rathna and many others who have put comments here have the same ideas. How come? What are the universities they went to? Let us also here what they have to say about the Rajapakse family tree. May be these university professors whom they attack get the cue from Rajapakse family.

      Let us discuss the procedure to appoint the VC and who is the most qualified person to be appointed in this instance for Colombo university. shall we have a look at their CVs?

      Should being the spouse of the UGC chairperson, or anduwata kahinawa be the qualification to be appointed to the post?

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    Thanks everybody for exposing inside Colombo University Emiritus run family Dept and funny titles and fake joker profs..etc. I never ever want even for rain to go to Sri Lankan university. If any boy, President of Sri Lanka check this family dept in Colombo University and profs qualifications and sack for getting wrong title and eating poor tax payers money as a salary.I know Ruhuna University some profs got that positions because of letters from president office. PIM J,pura same. His professor position given even without first degree and all his publications in the journal he is a chief editor and all members of his professor committee later appointed as directors to PIM. You can see huge corruption. But no one to lookafter this. Geneva should discuss these real issues.

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    Many people can have same views because most of they know how the low quality Sri Lankan public University system works like family business.

    Ask from all citizens 99% know inside Universities mafia and family business. But poor tax payers pay money. Do not give autonomy. Then you have to send your daughters by putting lock to private area. [Edited out]

    If you want to develop your country sack emiritus and his all henchmen from family dept in arts faculty and sack fake profs and abolish joker senior professor title.De register emiritus son’s fake medical degree from SLMC and sack another son from his family dept and sons friends from Lecturer positions. Even B.monk preaching business in this family dept. Those gave coverups for all corruptive works of this emiritus now still working inside after 65 years in many contract positions. Sack all of them and clean Colombo University Arts faculty.Cancell Emritus position from corruptive fake prof in familiy dept.

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