15 December, 2017

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Jaffna University Unions Voice Indignation Against Bar On Thiagalingam For VC

Colombo Telegraph has published two reports (Report 1 and Report 2) on the developments in the election of the new Vice Chancellor at the University of Jaffna. After many bitter years of stagnation, many people have come to see the University as the obstacle to openness and progressive change. This is evident in the fear of the mere the candidacy for VC of Prof. Sam Thiagalingam, who has had a successful academic career in the USA.

Prof. Sam Thiagalingam

Apart from the fear of an outsider (who in fact graduated from the University of Jaffna), there is anxiety that he might champion reform that all know is necessary.

Adding to the palpable excitement over the council meeting tomorrow (25th) that would decide the fate of Thiagalingam’s application, the University Students’ Union (USU) and the Employees’ Union (EU) have joined forces with the University of Jaffna Teachers’ Association (UJTA) and the Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association (JUSTA) to demand the acceptance of Prof. Thiagalingam’s candidacy for the VC’s position.

How dire the situation is could be seen in the University’s inability to reform even when an opportunity presents itself. For the 2014 VC election the present VC and the EPDP that earlier controlled Jaffna paced the border of intimidation to dictate how each councillor should cast his three votes. Thanks to the regime change in 2015, this time there has been no intimidation by political parties and the election has descended to the market place. Reckless promises are being made to canvas votes as though the new vice chancellor would own the University. With the Chancellor reportedly not in the best of health, his office has been thrown for auction into the market place. Candidates have been known to promise university positions not only to those who would lobby for them, but also to their spouses.

These manipulations show the extent to which recruitment to university positions has become corrupted. As the Employees’ Union points out in its statement of yesterday, there was a promise of reform with the change of government in 2015, reports of abuses were submitted to the Council, the UGC and to state functionaries, and had inquiries proceeded as promised, we would be in a different position today.

The Students’ Union, deferring to the current reality in the University, instead of confronting the Administration head-on, ask in its statement for a re-evaluation of Thiagalingam’s application for the position of vice chancellor and to take due steps to erase the ‘disgrace’ into which the University has fallen. The fear among student leaders to take up this issue was quite visible, for the fear of victimisation.

The University Employees’ Union which represents the non-academic staff of the University of Jaffna has, in its statement, expressed its displeasure over the moves to reject a well-qualified candidat[e] on the grounds that [his] application reached the University a day after the deadline. Concurring with the statements issued by the University of Jaffna Teachers’ Association (UJTA) and Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association (JUSTA), the Employees’ Union notes that it would like to be informed about the procedure followed and the tasks carried out by the Search Committee appointed by the Council for the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor. The Union also requests the Council to give adequate time to Prof. Sam Thiagalingam (without mentioning his name) to present his vision for the University [to the University community] if his application is accepted.

In the first half of the statement, the Employees’ Union notes that since the mid-1990s, politicians who have held power have appointed self-seeking individuals who had no qualms about acting as the former’s puppets as Vice Chancellors of the University. Giving a detailed account of the last VC election held in 2014, the statement reports that at a pre-Council meeting held at the office of a political party prior to the election, instructions were given to the Council members as to whom they should vote for.

The statement notes that although new external members were appointed to the Council in 2015, irregularities in recruitment continue even today and questions prepared for recruitment exams are leaked to known persons. The statement adds that students continue to face vengeance and that there is no safety for female students in the University at present. In such a context, the statement cautions the Council members to decide carefully as to whether they should vote for their second and third preferential candidates. The Union makes this cautious remark as its members are of the view that some candidates for this year’s VC’s election, if elected, may take the University back to the 2008-2014 period when the administration of the University was heavily politicized.

In the meantime, Colombo Telegraph learns that three VC candidates. namely Prof. Mikunthan, Prof. Vigneswaran and Dr. Raviraj, have informed the Council in writing that they have no objection to have Prof. Thiagalingam as a fellow candidate in the VC’s election though the latter’s application posted from the USA reached the University two days after the deadline. The University Council meets tomorrow, the 25th of February when it is expected that a decision on Prof. Thiagalingam’s application will be made.

Well-wishers of the University and the larger public are closely watching this crucial election which will decide whether the University will get a new leadership that will be supportive of the efforts taken by a section of the academic and non-academic staff over the past six years to fight corruption and protect academic freedom in the university.

 

 

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    Professor Sam Thiagalingam, we too salute and Thank you for having tried.

    We were not hopeful, knowing the military setup, arrogance of people in power.

    History will record the rejection of the application of Prof:Thiagalingam as a miscarriage of Justice.

    SJ/sekera/Sivasegaram will also regret his role in this affair,while resting on his Laurels!
    He will go down in history as a Traitor who ruined the place worse than some who were real spies
    He is making life hard for his son, who will be disgraced for his father’s treacherous act. He is like the scar in lion King.His end will too be like that. The new VC will not support him knowing his cunning ways.
    I wonder why his son or wife didn’t put a stop to all his injustice. and save his name
    He has the powerful weapon in his hand, the language ability. But he will go down in history as a wicked man unless he uses his talent to do the right thing.
    What has he finally achieved, certain amount of power given by the VC which he neither has at home nor wherever he worked.Poor man

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    Is this a fight betwwen educated low castes and tobacco farmers ?

    Don’t you people feel ashamed ?

    Or is it just Trade Unions trying to over the University managment and it is indirect fight relating to Castes. I mean managmement is toabacco farmers and the low castes are christians ?

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      jim softy,

      “I mean managmement is toabacco farmers and the low castes are christians ?”

      None of the VC candidates is a Christian or low caste. The VC and Sivasegaram are not Christians or low caste. None of them cultivates tobacco.

      They are a bunch of Vellalahs with a twist of domestic servants and carpenters. There might be others also but hardly low caste.

      Btw many Vellalah consider growing tobacco unethical and I think that the soil in most of Jaffna is not good for it.

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    I have never met Prof. Sivasegaram but from what I heard, I thought he exercised Marxist ideology and principles, and always fought for justice for all. It is unfortunate that the so called progressive individuals become corrupted by perks and personal benefits and lose their identity at the end.
    This also reminds me of an apparent honest politician known as Vasudeva Nanayakkara who lost his credibility among fair minded people of Sri Lanka and of Sri Lankan origin for the same reasons!!!

  • 4
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    Postal rule:

    //”The posting rule (or mailbox rule in the United States, also known as the “postal rule” or “deposited acceptance rule”) is an exception to the general rule of contract law in common law countries that acceptance of an offer takes place when communicated. Under the posting rule, that acceptance takes effect when a letter is posted (that is, dropped in a post box or handed to a postal worker).[1] In plain English, the “meeting of the minds” necessary to contract formation occurs at the exact moment word of acceptance is sent via post by the person accepting it, rather than when that acceptance is received by the person who offered the contract.

    The rules of contracts by post (postal rules) include the following:
    1.An offer made by post/letter is not effective until received by the offeree.
    2.Acceptance is effective as soon as it is posted.
    3.For revocation to be effective, it must be received by the offeree before they post their letter of acceptance.

    One rationale given for the rule is that the offeror nominates the post office as his or her implied agent, and thus receipt of the acceptance by the post office is regarded as receipt by the offeror. The main effect of the posting rule is that the risk of acceptance being delivered late or lost in the post is placed upon the offeror. If the offeror is reluctant to accept this risk, he can always expressly require actual receipt as a condition before being legally bound by his offer”/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_rule

  • 9
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    It is sad to see Tamils cutting each others throats to achieve fame and power. I can imagine what chaos will result if Elam is given to these folks!

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      Yes you are correct in the general sense. But for this, to be a little bit more precious, a correction needed.

      “It is happy to see EPDP’s paramilitary PhD rowdies cutting each other’s throats to achieve fame “.

  • 2
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    A new sign board is placed at the Univerity of Jaffna, It says that “OUTSIDERS AND FOREIGN ACADEMICS ARE BANNED WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY PREMISES. KEEP OUR WELL CLEAN AND CLOSED”

  • 5
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    Hope is not Lost

    As reported yesterday Prof. Tharmaratnam delivered his rigorous legal argument for the inclusion of Thiagalingam, which is there on record. The VC relied on the Council’s decision (28 Jan.) to get a legal opinion from the UGC, which advised the rejection of Thiagalingam’s application.

    How seriously one should take the UGC is evident from the fact that a five member bench of the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the postal rule, and thus Thiagalingam’s application was effective from 27th December when it was posted; which in the UGC’s opinion is late because it arrived after the closing date, 16th January. The UGC are complacently lazy or too incompetent to discover the law.

    As is normal in Sri Lanka, many of the academics and bureaucrats in the Council tend to regard anything said by the UGC or a government bigwig as the Holy Writ, contrary to the independence and high calibre the Universities Act demands from council members. The simple hint that the UGC could remove the councillors it appointed, if they went against the UGC’s mockery of legal advice, made them see the Sword of Damocles gleaming over their neck.

    At the same time the Council is finicky about dissent and wanted to act unanimously. Tharmaratnam imposed the condition that the Council would send his legal opinion recorded in Council for observations by the Attorney General, if he were not to oppose today’s vote for the VC’s position. The Council agreed. If finally the AG backs him the election would be cancelled. While the AG’s instinct may be to support the establishment, even if he agrees with Tharmaratnam, he may then have to face Tharmaratnam’s argument in open court. That would be hard going.

    More to follow.

  • 0
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    12:45 PM, Jaffna

    Presentations are over. No results yet. Some candidates are anxiously waiting on campus to find out.

  • 0
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    !;00 PM

    1) Srisatkunarajah 17
    2) Vigneswaran 11
    3) Velnamaby 9
    3) Raviraj 9
    5) Mikunthan

    Re-vote going on just between Velnamaby and Raviraj

    • 5
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      They’ve got to send 3 names to My3e don’t they?

      How unfair to have had this vote without the man from Boston, though!

    • 0
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      Is the missing number (votes for #5 on the list) zero?
      (I remember reading that the wife was on Council and also chaired the search committee).

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        Sigma,

        “Is the missing number (votes for #5 on the list) zero? (I remember reading that the wife was on Council and also chaired the search committee).”

        Good question but I have no answer. The wife should have had 3 votes unless I am totally wrong.

  • 5
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    How Council Members Fared

    When Prof. Tharmaratnam placed his arguments for the inclusion of Thiagalingam, the Council had two options; to debate him and reject his arguments, to agree with him, or send them to the Attorney General for an opinion. In order not to break unanimity and have the vote today, they agreed to the last.

    Many external members were afraid to go against the UGC’s opinion that Thiagalingam should be excluded on the grounds late application, as they feared being sacked from the Council. Mano Sekaram, who reportedly favoured accepting Thiagalingam’s application, was heard voicing this fear. In reality, a member cannot be sacked for dissenting from the UGC – it could only block his reappointment at the end of the three year term.

    Several others in favour of Thiagalingam were heard voicing the fear of being sacked and thus coming down in social favour.

    Prof. Hasbullah was thought by several friends as supportive of Thiagalingam. But at yesterday’s meeting he was seen openly siding with Sivasegaram in rejecting Thiagalingam. Others see Hasbullah’s support for Sivasegaram as owing to the latter’s advocacy of a university in Vavuniya as distinct from a campus affiliated to Jaffna.

    This is a grave error on Hasbullah’s part because the issue here was a question of law and the rule of law – the Postal Rule affirmed by the Supreme Court. Hasbullah has worked hard for the cause of Muslim refugees in the North. Giving them restitution is primarily a rule of law issue – right to their properties and right to administrative justice. By siding with Sivasegaram’s breach of the law, he has weakened his larger cause.

    After listening to Tharmaratnam, Kanapathipillai who attended his first council meeting was heard saying, “I agree one hundred percent, but we have to obey the UGC.”

    More later

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      Running Commentary,

      “In reality, a member cannot be sacked for dissenting from the UGC – it could only block his reappointment at the end of the three year term. Several others in favour of Thiagalingam were heard voicing the fear of being sacked and thus coming down in social favour.”

      What you are saying is that the Council members do not know rules despite being the decision makers?

      If that is true then in the future members with better knowledge should be appointed.

  • 0
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    Velnambi was elected for the third slot.

    The namaes of Sristakunarajah, Vigneswaran and Velnambi will now go to the President via the UGC for appointment

  • 4
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    This is exactly what is going to happen to Tamil diaspora who are shedding crocodile tears for the Tamils in Sri Lanka with all their fake accusations to mislead foreign governments. There main idea is, by any chance if they succeed, to move back to Sri Lanka and grab power over the Tamils. Apparently, the Tamils of SL who underwent immense amount of sufferings will never allow that to happen.

  • 3
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    Somebody from the University community has to legally contest this or TNA has to advice New King to send back the election result to have Prof.Thiagalingam also to be included in the ballot before the results sent to him.

    If New King is not heeding that advice, then the Yahapalanaya should forced to stop the scam of targeting diaspora’s money and inviting them to come back and invest in Lankawe.

    • 1
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      Lone Wolf, Mulliyuran, Shankar, Moorthy and all others who are opposed to all 5 corrupted candidates.

      It stinks when you explain what these 5 and VC have been doing to the university.

      High caste Bramin Maha Barathi said casteism is a sin (‘பாவம்’, criminal offence).

      Unions (in this particular case) or someone who cares about UoJ and education in general must stop the selection of any one from the short list and go to courts to force the inclusion of Dr Thiagalingam to be considered as a candidate for the post of VC. For far too long thugs and bullies have been controlling the university education which pushes the reputation and standard of the university down the hill.

      From what we know of Prof Sivasegaram’s involvement in this case he has denigrated and belittled himself in education like the well known leftist Vasudeva Nanayakara in politics. We must use whatever means available to undo the damage all these so called professors, deans and VC’s have been doing hitherto. Local politics and thuggery must be kept out of education.

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        Saro,

        “opposed to all 5 corrupted candidates”

        I have questioned the cleanliness of 3/5 of the VC candidates and now 2/3 of the elected ones.

  • 9
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    Srisatkunarajah topping the list is not a good sign at all. He was an ardent LTTE supporter when the Movement was powerful in the North.

    He supported the Tamil students’ decision to block Kandyan Dance last year. This led to a clash.

    He is a Hindu bigot.

    He tampered with the marks obtained by a really bright student.

    He is a casteist.

    He did not contest the Dean’s election in the Science Faculty last year as he knew very well that he would be defeated.

    He is strongly backed by the Tamil People’s Council, the nationalist outfit led by Wigneswaran.

    But now he does not need the Tamil People’s Council anymore, he will side with the TNA or government till he is appointed as VC.

    Would be happy to know if Sekara/SJ/Sivasegaram, a self-proclaimed Leftist, who is critical of Tamil extremism, Hindu chauvinism, casteism is one of the 17 people who voted for Srisatkunarajah.

    When democracy serves to strengthen undemocratic, authoritarian, chauvinists, we need to be vigilant.

    The president should not appoint Srisatkunarajah as VC.

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      Shankar,

      I reiterate that the various accusations against Velnambi and Srisatnakunarajah should be investigated even if one of them becomes the VC. The VC is not protected by any kind of immunity like diplomats.

      I repeat that we should write to the president and make it sure that he becomes aware of the accusations. Is there smoke without fire?

      Are there not at least two known cases of Srisatnakunarajah tampering or trying to tamper with the marks of bright students? Was this in any way related to the caste of the students? I still have no idea of what the alleged casteism of Srisatnakunarajah means.

      I would like to see a secular university welcoming all and obviously have a problem with what I consider extreme Hinduism of Srisatnakunarajah. Definitely the TPC and Eelam Siva Senai reps in the Council have voted for Srisatnakunarajah.

      Can we not refer to him as Dr SS instead of Sivakolundu Srisatnakunarajah?

      I am not saying that Velnambi is any better but is he not more accused of “only” academic fraud?

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        Lone Wolf,

        Somebody recently wrote here that he blocked the publication of some book or journal where articles criticizing Jaffna’s caste system had appeared. Prof. Srisatkunarajah may not be from a dominant caste. But that does not matter here. What he tries to do is to maintain the hegemony of the dominant caste. The system will be protected. And it is dangerous. He might work against those challenging the caste system. Instead he would recommend them to become vegetarians, build temples inside their houses and become priests. That is not the solution. This re-invention is not going to help. The larger society is not going to accept somebody as Vellala just because that person does all these things. One can do all these things to try escape caste oppression. But restricting the freedom of those who are challenging it by writing articles about casteism or organizing discussions or campaigns is unacceptable. That is why Srisatkunarajah is a casteist. He is for the system.

        The Left-wing professor would not disclose his vote. He would say he is sworn to the some document and cant reveal who he voted for. So it may not be just the Siva Senai and Tamil Eelamists.

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          Shankar,

          “But restricting the freedom of those who are challenging it by writing articles about casteism or organizing discussions or campaigns is unacceptable. That is why Srisatkunarajah is a casteist.”

          Thank you for the information. I agree.

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        Srisatkunarajah also fears criticism. Vasanthy Arasaratnam was corrupt but she did not care much about her image getting damaged. She basically had no shame. Whereas Srisatkunarajah is very self-conscious. Why I say this is because of his attempts to re-invent himself as an orthodox pious Saivite. Such people are more dangerous. They will make sure that there is no room for dissent. He will never recruit people who would do activist work inside and outside of University. They will expect others to conform rather than resist. Dangerous.

        Velnampy is more like Vasanthy Arasaratnam. He does not care what others say about him. He will associate with Douglas.

        Srisatkunarajah associates with forces that are perceived to be morally correct in Jaffna: Tamil nationalists, Hindu nationalists. No ‘riff-raffs’ no EPDPers no oppressed caste people. His supporters are the cultural elite of Jaffna and middle classes. Tamil People’s Council is a good example. That is why he is dangerous. He will be more like Prof Kumaravadivel. Or he will try to emulate him. But Kumaravadivel did not have to do any re-invention because he comes from a very high caste.

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          Shankar,

          “Why I say this is because of his attempts to re-invent himself as an orthodox pious Saivite. Such people are more dangerous.”

          I agree and think that I wrote something about an inferiority complex explaining the way Dr SS is today.

          He is maybe perfect to serve Jaffna elite.

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      Shankar,
      Much of what you say may be true. He is not associated with strong principles. As for the LTTE, I believe he is intelligent enough not to have gone crawling after them. One one occasion, I was told, he got the LTTE to release students they had recruited after a meeting in the campus. While he has a few strong admirers he is generally held to be unpopular among the academic staff. He has obviously impressed several external council members by his ability to speak.

      As for the elections themselves, the most plausible explanation I got was that there were only five candidates from whom to select three and the choice was limited. The ones who fared worst were Mihunthan – 5, including one from his wife, and Velnamby – 9. Both were closely associated with the EPDP after 2009, and Mihunthan’s deanship of graduate studies is said to have been facilitated by this connection.

      Had Thiyagalingam been allowed to contest, the dynamics could have been quite different, as he has a fairly clean record.

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        Did the wife take part in the decisions with the husband as a candidate? Didn’t anyone in Council have the decency to point out this is wrong?

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    “The president should not appoint Srisatkunarajah as VC.”

    As a first step, one should seek a court injunction against president from appointing any one from the list recommended. Then he has to be explained of the things took place. Very first thing is the mis-ruling on the Postal dating matter. This cannot be allowed ao go as a precedent to university’s future administration matters.

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    This is the supporting case law that was put forward by Prof.V.Tharmaratnam…..

    The post as a medium of communication in Sri Lanka….

    In Sri Lanka, the matter of the post as a medium of transmission has been considered in the Courts in connection with the transmission of a notice of application for conditional leave to appeal to the Privy Council.

    In this case of University of Ceylon v Fernando [1957] 59 NLR 8, a Bench of five judges of the Supreme Court held that where the post is used as a medium of transmitting the prescribed notice, the applicant for leave to appeal was required to do no more than send, in due time, a properly addressed prepaid letter containing the name and address of the opposite party.

    Chief Justice Basnayake observed : Where a letter, fully and particularly directed to a person at his usual place of residence, is proved to have been put into the post office, this is equivalent to
    proof of delivery into the hands of that person; because it is a safe and reasonable presumption that it reached its destination”. The Chief Justice also observed that although the law does not require that the registered post should be used, it is the practice for certain persons to adopt the safeguard of registering the letter so that proof of its delivery at its destination could be adduced should it become necessary to do so.

    CJ

  • 4
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    It was a saddening experience to observe what was unfolding at the University of Jaffna and how it was concluded at that level.

    Whereas talent and promise at the Lecturer/ Assistant Professor level and upto the Vice Chancellr/President levels are strenuously sought in Universities worth their salt, our so-called Universities shun both with utter disdain.

    Mediocrity was being blatantly and shamelessly perpetuated. What have emerged in the name of universities in this country are not ‘Ivory Towers’ in the true sense of the term, but sewage/viper pits.

    The postal service has determined the future of a university! What a pitiful scenario!

    The Dharmaratnam vs Sivasekaram roles in the University of Jaffna Council and how other members exercised their mandate, was a ‘Men vs Mice’ story.

    The citizens of the north and the country at large, should be shedding tears over what was so shamelessly orchestrated by ‘Small Mice’ of the University of Jaffna Council.

    Dr. RN

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    Prof.V.Tharmaratnam,

    Please accept my thanks.

    Let us now wait for the AG and contact the president to expose the allegations against two of the VC candidates elected by the Council.

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    At Daggers Drawn to Check Thiagalingam

    While the candidacy of Thiagalingam created considerable enthusiasm for change, finally only three external councillors, Tharmaratnam, Jeyakumaran and Nesiah stood out openly. They stated prior to the curtailed VC’s election yesterday (26 Feb.) that they were taking part ‘without prejudice to their rights to proceed with legal action’.

    Even the draft minutes were doctored to bury Thiagalingam. The issue was finally a simple question of rule of law – the Postal Rule – and the Council drawn from the cream of our society openly rejected it. They have condemned the University and its students to a bleak future.

    The initial draft minutes of the election recorded the fiction: “However the Council at its Special Meeting held on 28.01.2017 decided that the 6th candidate Prof. Sam Thiagalingam was not eligible to be considered for nomination…as the application had reached the Registrar’s office after that date.”

    It repeated, “The Council…on 25th February, 2017 had reaffirmed the decision…on 28.1.2017 regarding the ineligibility…of Sam Thiagalingam.”

    If not for the presence of the three who stood out and insisted on correction, the lie would have become authentic history. No such decision to drop Thiagalingam was taken by the Council.

    The confirmed minutes referred to election among ‘five eligible candidates’. There was no explanation of how the sixth candidate scheduled by the Evaluation Committee became ineligible. That too appears to involve treating the UGC as the final arbiter on law.

    The initial draft records: “Accordingly, the Registrar sought the opinion from the UGC and the UGC has informed that the University is not bound to accept applications received after the closing date and time.”

    If the UGC lacks the ability to determine the law and act according to it, its role is largely destructive. Lawlessness in our universities begins with the UGC.

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      I am sure that there was skulduggery as there has always been. But, despite this, one issue does bother me. If Thiagalingam was an Associate Professor this is stilll a rank below that of a full fledged Professor. It is a bit difficult to think of him being Vice Chancellor. But, this does not seem to have been the reason for rejecting him. I should think that on form an Associate Professor in the US would have had more publications on the way to tenure than anyone at Jaffna University. On academic grounds, he would be sound. But, the extent of the administrative experience seems unclear to the public. For the record and for open administration, the cv s of all candidates must be disclosed so that the public can judge whether the candidate chosen deserves the post. Otherwise, he will continue to be like the last VC, a person who would have been an efficient lab assistant than a vice chancellor.

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    Dr RN,

    “The postal service has determined the future of a university! What a pitiful scenario!”

    Shameful.

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    What are the Councillors for. ? Why were they selected?
    TO show they are BIG People ? to say ‘Yes’ to the VC in everything what she wants?
    Or to point out the others in the council what is the best strategy/alternative for the betterment of student success, quality Teaching and Standards of their degree.

    Were they all (except the 3 who talked) sleeping over all the statements from UTA, JUSTA, Employee’s Union and All Student’s Union) . Don’t they have the feeling for the students, for taking risks and having written such letters, expecting some concern from them
    What is the purpose of having the so called /learned/experienced Councillors, if they are scared of the shouting of the VC and his stooges like Sivasekeram and others who showed their loyalty by keeping silence.
    Again another Nail is Slammed on the coffin to say, there is NO HOPE for Tamils, to improve the Education here.
    We are doomed for another 30 YEARS or more, where all these recruited academics/lecturers to retire….and now for another few more years …
    …. With what consciousness, the rest of the Councillors have gone home?

    Who will safeguard my children and standards of Education in the North or withing the high walls of the JU

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      Simple: think of creative ways of making contributions from outside the university system.

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      saraswathi Weeping,

      “Why were they selected?”

      I have the same question.

      My observation is that they do not appear to represent the population of the Northern Province, Jaffna or the students. Ethnicity, religion and caste are wrong.

      “Who will safeguard my children and standards of Education in the North or withing the high walls of the JU”

      Another good question. When the university is like this it is easy to guess how the rest of the education is in the province. Actually statistics exist so that we don’t have to guess. Is anybody really interested in the children who go to the schools were nobody passes Grade 5 exam?

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    Tee Twenty.

    I very much appreciated that poem asking for Running Commentary. A Pablo Neruda in the making.
    Sinhala Man/Panini has made the assumption that with my Pseudonym I must have done Philosophy. He is right when he says that I was at Peradeniya,but not the Philosophy part.
    My view on this whole affair is that Prof: Sam Thiagalingam has been treated unfairly,to put it mildly!
    The role of Prof: Tharmaratnam was simply fantastic,going by the comments of Running Commentary.
    Perhaps,we will live to fight another day. This will also be the end of the road,in more ways than one ,for those who derailed the candidacy of Prof: Thiagalingam!
    Cheers.

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    Why do you comment on Prof.Velnambi?
    According to evaluation committee, our professor published 78 full papers. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Evaluation-Committee-Report-Green-Copy.pdf.

    He is among the top ten researcher of the university.
    https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&view_op=search_authors&mauthors=jaffna

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      Management Student,

      “He is among the top ten researcher of the university.”

      Are we talking about 78 full papers he has published alone during one year or what? Published where?

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      Please do not fool us. Google catches most conferences and predatory journals. Anyone who ranks by Google citations is no academic.

      Here is the search result from web of science for Velnampy T: ZERO!

      “Basic Search
      Your search found no records.”

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      Are you another frog in the well? Prof Velnampy’s 78 articles are not in any indexed journals. Perhaps they were published in fake journals. Please check the attached list from Scopus database which shows the first 200 researchers from University of Jaffna.
      For your surprise, Prof Vasanthy Arasaratnam is the 2nd in the list.
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwPMFWdfrb7tOEYyZUlWTkxXakk/view?usp=sharing

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    Tharmaratnam, Jeyakumaran and Nesiah,

    Thank you.

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    As usual…. Raviraj has hired a good writer to make a presentation for the VC Election…. He has asked the writer to specifically to avoid some words like “Training”, “Tremendous” “Troublesome”, “Trouble” “Trincomalee” and similar words as he would pronounce as “Raining”, “Remendous” “Roublesome”, “Rouble” “Rincomalee”. The writer had a tough time. Actually his parents named him as “Traviraj” but as he pronounced his name as “Raviraj” later in the 13th column his name was changed as “Raviraj”….

    Bye… From Sivam

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    Where Laws have Ceased

    A university is a public trust that nurtures budding intellects in the exercise of reason. When it teaches contempt for the Law, it becomes a nursery for criminals observing the law of the jungle. This is a crime perpetrated by the Jaffna Council on us by its indifference to the law, leading to the utterly unlawful rejection of Thiagalingam’s candidacy.

    The Vice Chancellor’s legal exposition of the dumping of Thiagalingam found justification in the universities’ Establishments (E-) Code. Ch.3. It states that ‘Applications…should have been received not later than the last date and time stipulated in the advertisement’.

    The VC’s response was to Prof. Tharmaratnam’s exposition of the Postal Rule, affirmed unanimously by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, which supported Thiagalingam’s candidacy as valid. The universities’ E-Code issued in 1984, remains substantially same, and merely states that it is a guideline. The VC, however, claimed that the E-Code was an authority superior to the Supreme Court.

    Tharmaratnam replied pointing to the absurdity of this position. He said that the UGC’s advice, without giving any argument or legal reference, that the University is not bound to accept applications after the closing date, is not legal advice at all.

    Moreover, in dealing with the application, the University was bound to go by ‘reasonableness’ and ‘good faith’ and was legally bound to exercise fair discretion to Thiagalingam’s appeal that he has acted reasonably and in good faith, which creates a reasonable expectation.

    What is of great concern is the fact that two of the three VC candidates elected refused, to the last, to relent and respect the law, and affirm Thiagalingam’s right to contest. That is a very dangerous tendency in an institution that has to deal with thousands of staff and students with diverse problems.

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      Running Commentary,

      I haven’t made a careful reading of the council decisions, but it seems to me now the issue should be taken to the courts quickly so that the court can issue an order before the president makes a final decision.

      Is that being done by the three council members and well-wishers who argued for the inclusion of Thiagalingam on the candidate list? Thiagalingam himself, living far away in the US, may not be in a position to take the issue to the courts in SL, I think public spirited citizens can bring cases before the supreme court, as Nagananda Kodituwakku often does in Colombo. I think any questions on the legal standing for third parties like the council members or well wishers to sue can be addressed effectively.

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        Agnos,

        “it seems to me now the issue should be taken to the courts quickly so that the court can issue an order before the president makes a final decision.”

        Like you I have not had time for the details. Are we waiting for the opinion of the AG, a court case or both?

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    SIRASA TV NEWS:

    Mr. Arulpragasam……

    On lawyers’ discipline In a recent felicitation ceremony held at the law college, Mr. G.G. Arulpragasam spoke about the legal profession and duty of the lawyer.

    SEE THE LINK

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVNM_E3nIs

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    Sivasegaram will go down in history as one of the worst Marxists of Sri Lanka. He can sit next to Tissa Vitharana, Dew Gunasekara and others who support racists like Mahinda Rajapaksa. All Marxists and Left-intellectuals should avoid him hereafter. His a total disgrace to the Left in Sri Lanka.

    There is one thing that I would add: If Prof. Sivasegaram expects that Prof. Srisatkunarajah will pet him and pamper him as Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam, then Sivasegaram will only feel disillusioned. Srisatkunarajah has a team of Tamil nationalists and Hindu nationalists whom he will trust and whose help he will get rather than somebody who claims to be Marxist. He will be more authoritarian than Vasanthy and throw Sivasegaram away into the waste paper basket in the committee room at Jaffna University.

    Being a shrewd man who wants to be close to the power center, I doubt Sivasegaram voted for Srisatkunarajah.

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      Shankar,

      “If Prof. Sivasegaram expects that Prof. Srisatkunarajah will pet him and pamper him as Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam, then Sivasegaram will only feel disillusioned. Srisatkunarajah has a team of Tamil nationalists and Hindu nationalists whom he will trust and whose help he will get rather than somebody who claims to be Marxist. He will be more authoritarian than Vasanthy and throw Sivasegaram away into the waste paper basket in the committee room at Jaffna University. Being a shrewd man who wants to be close to the power center, I doubt Sivasegaram voted for Srisatkunarajah.”

      You are reading my mind. The VC and Sivasegaram surely have understood that Velnambi or Vigneswaran is better for them.

      I have doubts about ITAK being able and willing to co-operate with Dr SS but politicians can surprise. My opinion is that Dr SS is more for the TPC camp.

      Just to remind you of the fact that Dr SS is not yet the VC. What the AG, the president, unions and hostile anonymous actors will do is not known.

      The alleged abuse of staff and students by Dr SS is something for the unions and (social) media.

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    Is there a date stamp on Dr. Thiyagalingam’s application indicating the date of receipt?
    Such date stamps on in-coming mail is usual in government departments and institutions.

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      One can check the date of arrival and delivery of the post in the entry book at the particular post office.

      They should take all the necessary steps to make sure there wasn’t any impropriety. Mind you accomplices are the product of an alleged criminal who came to the forefront of Tamil politics because of the boycott of general election held in 1994 ordered by another lunatic autocratic leader of another outfit. They are the undemocratic illeterates and the arrogant professor falls for one of them, knowingly or unknowingly or out of loyalty of vindictive VC.

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      I don’t think if the administration of the Jaffna University was as efficient as that, where letters received were date stamped on the day of receipt with the likes of a lethargic VC who blindly takes orders from ex minister DD who in turn is again directed by a corrupt higher power from Colombo in the South.

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    While on a hectic holiday with Inspector Jacques Clouseau who insisted on touring all manner of wells– hot and cold –including frog wells in what was to be Tamil Eelam, I forgot to carry with me my notebook.
    So i am a bit behind with the adventures of Jacques Clouseau.
    I promise that Jaques will be back with his stories before he spends his obligatory 5 hours amid international crowds at BIA, Katunayake– unless he opts for Hambantota..

    I noticed among the customary load of contradictory nonsense, something serious.

    Someone has said somewhere hereabouts that Dr Devanesan Nesiah was not paid his travel expenses. I promptly got through to the subject officer to find what happened.
    The UoJ is generous with its travel expenses: it pays 15K per visit for travel and subsistence for all Council Members from outside the Peninsula. (I am sure that several members will now seek residence South of the Border.
    I asked if Dr Nesiah was refused his 15K. The officer said that the money takes a week or two be paid, but it will be paid. So I asked what was refused.
    It appears that Dr Nesiah has asked for some local travel expenses on top of the 15K.
    The officer added that the UoJ is not obliged to pay anything more than the 15K to Council Members from outside the Peninsula for travel and subsistence, as all of it is covered by the 15K.
    But if a member is stuck for transport in Jaffna town or thereabouts and a vehicle is available, it is possible to arrange transport, but without obligation to do so.

    Dr Nesiah appears to have misunderstood the purpose of the 15K package. I hope that the writer will explain to him the situation.
    In any event, the good news is that Dr Nesiah was not singled out for punishment, as I was led to believe.

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      SJ,

      “I promptly got through to the subject officer to find what happened.”

      Welcome back. I admire your courage. Please ignore the personal attacks.

      I have many questions regarding University of Jaffna. Can you help me? I am asking this because you have kindly explained the 15K allowance in a way that even I understood. If 15k is paid without any receipts there is opportunity to pocket money.

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        Thanks, but at the moment I have plenty of admiration to hand, and there is a limit to one’s luggage. So pardon me for declining your admiration.

        I only clarified a matter. The 15 K is a lump sum payment that covers all expenses.
        If you want to debate it, kindly leave me out.

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          SJ,

          “Thanks, but at the moment I have plenty of admiration to hand, and there is a limit to one’s luggage.”

          Good to hear this.

          “I only clarified a matter. The 15 K is a lump sum payment that covers all expenses.”

          You made it very clear. All other public authorities also should use a lump sum instead of the difficult disbursements with receipts.

          “If you want to debate it, kindly leave me out.”

          No need to debate it.

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