7 April, 2020

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Lawless University Of Jaffna: Who Will listen?

By Alahan K. Alaharatnam –

Jaffna VC’s Fraudulent Credentials and Lawless Recruitment

Much is written about administrative and financial corruption by the Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna. I would like to express my frustration as a foreign-based Sri Lankan wishing to return and serve but being denied by the present VC the opportunity given by the constitution to all qualified citizens.

Jaffna VC

Jaffna VC

Exercising its powers under the Universities Act to formulate schemes of recruitment, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has formulated Circular 721 which gives 4 different categories for non-medical probationary lecturers: i) “a degree with specialization in the relevant subject” with First Class or Second Class Honours (Upper Division), ii) the same as (i) but with Second Class Honours (Lower Division), iii) a degree with specialization without honours, or any other degree with at least Second Class Honours and a 2-year postgraduate degree in the relevant subject with a research component and iv) such other academic or professional qualifications as may be approved by the UGC upon the recommendation of the Higher Educational Institution. Category iii is important to those like myself vying to be Senior Lecturer.

The law, as seen above, allows a broad class of people to apply. A selection committee then selects. But what does the University of Jaffna advertise for its new Engineering Faculty?: “The applicants must be engineering graduates, who successfully completed four years degree program recognized by University Grants Commission and accredited by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka” (reproduced as advertised without corrections).

This means several qualified people allowed by the UGC cannot apply: 1) No graduate from a top British university because their engineering degrees are of three-year duration, 2) No one from a top Indian, US or other university granting four-year degrees because they are not accredited by IESL (which does not have the resources to accredit most international programs), and 3) No one under category iii or iv explicitly listed by the UGC.

That is, the VC and Registrar who placed the advertisement have colluded to keep out many qualified applicants, perhaps to favour someone they like, or to keep out someone they do not like. They have thereby taken over the powers of the UGC to determine schemes of recruitment and of the selection committee to select applicants under the schemes of recruitment.

250px-University_of_JaffnaFurthermore, “degree with specialization in the relevant subject” has been broadly interpreted by engineering faculties at Peradenya and Moratuwa using the fact that their engineering degrees are science degrees – Bachelor of the Science of Engineering – to recruit computer scientists to computer engineering, chemistry and applied science graduates to chemical engineering, and physicists to electrical engineering. In fact Jaffna’s physics has in the not too distant past advertised for electrical engineers to teach physics and as I recall made an offer. Peradenya and Moratuwa have both recruited chartered engineers without postgraduate degrees as senior lecturers. Degree with specialization relevant to the subject of engineering therefore does not necessarily mean an engineering degree.

Following this advertisement a friend with specialization in Material Science and Engineering from Moratuwa went for the forms and was told he cannot apply although his is an engineering degree! I am a computer science graduate whose first degree will never be accredited by IESL. I have my PhD in a computer science topic through an electrical engineering department like many senior lecturers in computer science in Jaffna. I have had to show competency in 4 core electrical areas at undergraduate level and do 36 postgraduate course credits for my electrical PhD. But I cannot apply for a senior lecturer’s position in either electrical/computer engineering or computer science by Jaffna’s new rules.

I decided I would apply and see any way since the VC and Registrar who framed the advertisement cannot exclude certain categories although a selection committee might have the power to prefer applicants with some specialities. The advertisement stated that I may send a postal order for Rs 100 for the application form or alternatively download it from www.jfn.ac.lk/vacancies.php. The advertisement having been dated 2 October 2014 with closing dates of 17 and 30 October for posts at my level, my only option was to download.

For that too I was asked to send Rs. 100 with my application. For posting me the form I understand the charge but I do not know to meet what expense when I download the form. Does the UGC not fund the university to make it earn money like this? It makes the university sound rather cheap.

But when I went to the advertised URL to download the form, the form could not be found. As such I could not even apply for an instructor’s position because I could not get the forms from abroad in time.

University of Jaffna’s new engineering faculty has few qualified staff. This is clear from the advertisement which states: “The candidates for Temporary Instructor are expected to conduct the first year engineering laboratories covering all specializations of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Process Engineering and they should be able to help to design the second year level experiments in the same area of specializations.” How can, say, a B.Sc. civil engineer teach electrical? When they are so short of staff, why prevent many qualified persons from applying? Is this a tutory or a university?

Indeed, the VC herself will not qualify by her own standards in the in a medical faculty without a medical degree. She is keeping out people like me through these devious ways. Colombo Telegraph has highlighted how she kept out many good people. All these positions should be re-advertisements with the proper rules and reasonable closing dates. Those recruited under the advertisement should be terminated and all processing halted.

It is said that the Jaffna VC has a home science degree from India. I do not know but I have seen her VC application where she claims to have a degree in biochemistry. A subject degree is a four-year honours degree as understood in Sri Lanka. No subject degrees at first degree level are issued in India. She has a three-year general degree perhaps with chemistry as one of many subjects. But biochemistry at first degree? She is a fraud. The first page of her CV by which she applied for VC is attached. She should be dismissed for lying in her application. I know that small fry like me would be. Will the UGC allow a VC to get away with it?

Will someone please listen? Before University of Jaffna is irrecoverably destroyed?

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    Rajapakses’ dream of sabotaging Tamils’ education is realised through this thoughtless and heartless lady.

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      Everybody knows how Tamil students get through the A/L examination.

      So, this information is not strange.

      Anyway, if anything happens to Tamls, it is Rajapakse’s fault. Earlier it was Sinhala fault.

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      We Thamizh really dont need any outside help to destroy ourselves, thank you very much :D

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    If you want to destroy Jaffna Man, give him a university. (Toddy Swamy)

    First ever ‘Laundry Day’ held by Jaffna University is now extended for the entire semester.

    If you people can’t get along with each other, why in the fucking hell are you asking for a damn Eelam?

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    I am so sad that our dear university has been brought so low. Vasanthy Arasaratnam has been named by the Auditor General for mishandling millions of rupee rupees while she was Dean of the Medical Faculty. Prof. Mohanadas the VC covered up for her. She became VC and Mohandas was elevated to the UGC. Mahinda Rajapaksa used Tamils like these to destroy the Tamil community. This why we Tamils voted against the previous regime. The Maith3 government I think will clear vermin like these from our midst. The only way to correct these mistakes is to sack the people involved.

    Let me quote from the Auditor General’s letter dated 08 June 2004 where he queries VC Prof. S. Mohanadas about “Unauthorized payment for the procurement of Computer Network Facilities to the Medical Faculty” by Prof. Vasanthy Arasaratnam (His Ref. NE/JF/A/JU/2004). The letter says “The Dean … has deviated from the procurement procedure … and ordered equipment at a total cost of Rs. 3,000,000 whereas the procurement by a Dean is limited to Rs. 100,000. When the availability of grants was Rs. 963,000 order was placed for Rs. 3,000,000. No tender/quotation was called … to obtain the lowest and efficient bid. A sum of Rs. 722,550 … had been paid without any supporting documents. … The price quoted by Delven Computer had been reduced to half of the original prices after negotiation made subsequently. It shows that the price had been quoted arbitrarily. .. All equipment purchased was not installed. … The entire expenditure incurred could be considered irregular, unauthorized and fruitless.”

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    I do not agree with the allegation of stating first degree in biochemistry is a fraud.In fact the University of Madras has been conferring first degree BSc in Biochemistry as confirmed in several links including http://www.unom.ac.in/uploads/admissions/cbcs/2008-2009/bsccbcsrs36.doc. The Author should have at least checked through google without resorting to wild allegations causing defamation. On the other hand I am not the devil’s advocate to challenge the rest of the allegations or justify the influence of the criminals in the activities of the University of Jaffna.

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      Wrong! Not in my time, the early 1980s, when students did a combination of courses

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    It is interesting see her one of the research interests (in accordance with the CV attached herewith) is smoking???????

    Further it is stated as “Enzyme engineering, Fermentation technology, Down-stream processing etc” what does it mean by etc. Whether she is capable in doing research all fields? i.e., she is aware of her research carrier and its depth.

    It is something new that Enzyme engineering and Fermentation technology are classified under Biochemistry. I thought that all these come under Bio-Technology.

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    It is interesting see her one of the research interests (in accordance with the CV attached herewith) is smoking???????

    Further it is stated as “Enzyme engineering, Fermentation technology, Down-stream processing etc” what does it mean by etc. Whether she is capable in doing research in all fields? i.e., whether she is aware of her research carrier and its depth?

    It is something new that Enzyme engineering and Fermentation technology are classified under Biochemistry. I thought that all these come under Bio-Technology.

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    Undergraduate degree is also important for an intellectual. Why many scholarships and opportunities are only available for 1st class holders in any country?. I agree some of the local PhD’s do better, because they attract some local grants to do local research, but they mostly publish in JSA/JMA etc (few exceptions). But, their research activities are not relevant to their subject they teach. For example, a biochemistry scholar should focus on research activities in medical biochemistry, not in biotechnology. The Biochemistry department is attached to the medical faculty. Please look at our biochemistry scholar’s profile in Jaffna medical faculty.

    The VC has refused to recruit a Canadian’s PhD (In Engineering) and MBBS doctors. She has recruited Dr Raviraj (Surgery) even without a class in his MBBS, but there was a another candidate with MBBS ( with class).He was not even invited for an interview.

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    The story overtly says she was not interested in recruiting academic elites instead appointments made for her own sake or under EPDP agenda. Then what other deans or other members did in the board? They were just nods for VC decision or overlooking all the misdoings? What a panic situation? Because of this, all deans (except arts) signed for a letter for a favour of VC to the higher education minister to safe their positions as well?

    What next? I was amazed many times the Jaffna university lecturers and students expressed their TAMIL determinations through various events for example PONKU TAMIL at many times under high threat. Then why they could not join once again to remove these all evils from the university and establish good governance?

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    Hi Colleagues
    Present VC and cronies will recruit, promote and give positions only to Local PhDs because they strongly believe they are only obey their decisions and work for their agenda instead PhDs from Canada, Australia, UK and USA are not conforming them? and question for misdoings???????//

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    Dr Murali,

    Please look at this carefully. University of Madras has been conferring first degree BSc in Biochemistry very recently. The VC did her studies in 1981. There was no biochemistry stream at that time. Please check this with the University of Madras. Three year degree means there is no specialization. She should have studied some combination like chemistry, physics and biology (for example only). She did not get admission to enter Sri Lankan University.

    Similarly, Balakumar (Dean/Medicine) hold a 3 year ordinary degree without class and he has completed the degree in the second attempt (He has repeated some units)

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    Really it is a good reports. very nice. Actually I like to ask about the the Vc appointment date. It is clear that the Vc’s duration is three years from the appointment. But our EUSL Vc stated that three years from the assumption of date. Is it correct. At the same time our former UGC chairman who is very close with our VC also sent a letter that three years from the assumption of duty. My questions
    1) She resigned the post from 09.02.2015 and almost all the commission members were resigned before 05.02.2015. And I heard that Ministry also requested to resign her on.06.02.2015. Then,she wrote that letter at the end point of her duty. Is the letter dated 09.02.2015 valid?
    2) Can she interpret the HE president’s letter? then She is supreme than the HE
    3) If she did these type of culprit work during these crises time then I wonder how she might did all the activities in the past three years as chairman UGC.

    from these i can conclude that she might have strong “commission deals” with the Canadian Imported former VC/EUSL Dr K Kobindarajah

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      A letter I have seen says appointed for 3 years with effect from such and such a date. It is very clear. There can be no altering of that.

      But administrators will put their own spin on it. The problem is that one has to go to court and the President will be too busy to look into a few days this way or that. So the administrators usually win. Even if you challenge it in court, by the time it is settled the few days will be over.

      Will things be different under OUR NEW GOVERNMENT? Will they ensure that administrative power is not abused like this? Perhaps through heavy fines when legal delays allow administrators to have their way?

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    A fine university is headed by a clown. Sooner she is removed is better. Not at all fir for this position. Better she is employed in the fish market.

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    Present VC is Best example to Worse Leadership? And real Curse to the Tamil Community? She should be documented in the Tamil Antagonists List? SHE still alive in the university after committed all these brutal things? Somebody knows could list out who are her cronies supported in council to all her misdoings?and who are genuine brave members in contradiction of for all these and fighted against them??? We should know atleast some are there in council to against for
    misdoings?

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    It is shame to reveal the things which were happened in last three years. We expected lot of things from our present vice chancellor. Since she is from Medical field.But the way she behaved was unexpected. She did wrong things along with Dean/ commerce and Management, Visaka Ruban from Tamil Department, Uthaya kumar from Economics department and with some others. Uthayakumar normally gives breakfast to VC[idly, thosai,vadai and all].

    She neglected the most talented candidates for the post of lecturer in Faculty of Commerce and Management with misguidance of T.Velnampy. For example,The person who was rejected by them, holder of first class, worked at a bakery in point Pedro; instead of him, they selected second class upper division candidate, and now he is working in the Department of Commerce. He is very loyal to Velnampy and worked as a servant guy in his house and his own tuition class.He is a womanizer and had several complaints. But velnampy and legends HODs of Commerce and Marketing had successfully put cover on this mater with the blessing of VC.

    Now they have advertised for the vacancy.They have already recruited the persons.For example, a guy who is working as Asst.Lecturer in Dept.of Marketing already have received assurance from his head of department. The funniest thing is the particular guy is the relative of a senior lecturer in HRM and she is very loyal to T.Velnampy. See how the vicious network functioning in the Faculty.

    Second they are going to recruit a lady from Open University reading PhD. She appointed as a lecturer in OUSL with help of Former Vice Chancellor Mohanadas. He was a council member at that time in OUSL.Head of Commerce and Mohanathas have very good relationship. The lady’s husband who is working in the Department of Finance of jaffna University had capitalized this relationship and place her wife in OUSL. The peak of the funniest thing hich going to happen very soon that the particular lady is going to be appointed in the Department of Commerce with blessing of legend Thevarajah head of commerce and Dean. Then what is answer for the rejected talented guys and ladies and who are jobless.Is vice chancellor going to act wrongly? These are just only two examples. There are lot of insight stories.

    We need external supports from brave people those who are outside the University. We humbly request you all to save our university from the hands of these academic criminals.

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    Our Dean.Prof.T.Velnamby is a powerful man.you cannot do anything against him. The Vice chancellor is prepared to do any wrong thing for Velnamby.

    1.he has passed all BBM students against the regulations. VC knows. But she was silence.But any tiny think in arts faculty.she shouts in all meetings and gives torture to the Dean/Arts.
    2.Two persons vandu murukan one and two(Ratnam and Thevarajah) are very loyal to velnamby.

    Ratnam, Head Maketing. but he never take a singly lecture to the marketing students.however,he is the moderator/second examiner for almost all the marketing papers.he only take tamil medium lecture for arts faculty students.

    thevarajah,associate professor in Hrm.he also not taking a single lectures
    for HRM students.head/hrm is also supporting him.he possess three headship/coordinator.Commerce/BBm/Diploma in Human Resource management.
    BBm is a online course.but the Coprdinator knows nothing about computer.

    finaly i wish to tell onethink. that is Vasanthi and velnamby jointly destroyed the Faculty on Management and going to continue in future also.

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    Dear rajanayagam,

    is you wrote is correct?

    taking salary without teaching is a criminal offence.this should be the responsibility of the head of the Department. but this is common practice in your faculty.now also more than 10 lecturers have gone to oluvil. during the session time more than 10 teachers with dean left faculty for 3 workings days. who is going to take lecturers.how are you going to cover these lectures.

    and also, DR/Examination is answerable for releasing results for BBM without
    considering he regulations,

    do you think Vice chancellor will take these matters for consideration?

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    Who said VC and dean management destroyed the faculty. Every one knows faculty of management reached accelerated development after Prof velnampy became the dean. Setting copmputer lab, new building blocks, new department,new courses, MBA programme,International conference, Industrial training,interaction with industries, Mous, placement interviews all these achievement enrich the faculty. Vc also has done lot of development for the university.Please don’t destroy the name of oue faculty,because some of you have not achieved what you thought. We know a few devils are in the faculty. you have to correct yourself, otherwise we will make you correct. We have right to involve the faculty matter as pased out students.
    Some one went to Denmark for Ph.d, then returned here because in ability and the hidden relationship that her husband had with some other girls.some one not prepared well for lectures, but they will spend their times for cossips and for unnecessary talks in the SCR.
    Whatever you like to do pls do it on your own name openly.Don’t use others’name specially your students’ name.

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    Why do you say a torture is given to dean arts. He is inability, he never do anything for faculty. If anything asked by anybody at the forum dean arts is not in a position to answer. Don’t blame anybody for inability of dean arts.He is a brootes.

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    Hi!Beeshma
    why you did not talk anything about the appointments in the Faculty? If you take the position to criticize, you should look both the sides? isn’t it? So, do not use that holy name [to hidden yourself] to support the malpractice.

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    Yes nathamini,
    You are a real muni. you are talking about appointments. Yes One Mrs Janany Finance dept, Has not been selected by computer department, but then her father influence the Vc(On that time)Vc and dean influenced the head management to select her. She was selected in that way.Where did you go to talk about this appointment/ all appointments are with the responsibility of the panel.we know how all these academics were selected? Don’t say a new story here.First you all try to be a good academy.

    One lady from Hr tried to be a dean she failed. From that time only these types stories are coming to website. she is so emotional fellow but she teech about emotional intelligent. What is the meaning on it? You correct yourself and stop these writings, Otherwise we will bring much information about you, because we have lot of information with evidence

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    Hi! Beeshma
    I wish to repeat it.
    why you did not talk anything about the appointments in the Faculty? If you take the position to criticize, you should look both sides? isn’t it? I am not supporting anyone. It is not my purpose.Please try save your faculty…..

    Ok…Beeshma..I am not writing anything Beeshma…I am going to 100% carry out your order Beeshma….you have lot of things with evidence Beeshma….???

    You are evil genius and evildoer.Thats it.Shit!…..
    Evils and devils will save UOJ.

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    First of all think about the staff of faculty of management studies ,we (old students), think most of the staff not fit for the working place. Specially, one staff from HR, coordinator MBA, she is not mentally fit for any working place, but Dean, hanging on that person and financially benefited a lot.

    We know head/HR, she is very honesty. our bad luck, our juniors and staff be wide of her leadership, but think about dean/ faculty of management studies , no suitable word to conjure up his fraud. There are many, one is under UNDP project, he embezzlement million rupees . All the staff of the faculty already know this matter (have evidence also) and UNDP staff , are very much dissatisfied.

    Think about the MBA course, it is a jocular course running under this faculty, there are no panel of staff for MBA programme. Coordinator decides everything, but she is not fit for work (she is under the psychiatric treatment), Students are very much dissatisfied about this course. This is an example of an inefficient style of Dean’s administration.

    Commenter, don’t worry about the appointments. We all studied computer and maths subjects fruitfully under the fm dept. No doubt about that performances and excellent teaching.

    But if all are really genuine, start the appointments’ inquiry from Velnamby’s appointment. When he was applied the post of lecturer he even didn’t sign the application. former dean Thevaraja was signed as velnamby in the application. Fraud practice started from that point. Now that practice encouraging and continuing. We all aware from the high court case mentioned same application fraud. If you really want to clean up the faculty start inquiry from that point.

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    Who told HR/Head is genuine.she ???(He???) [Doubt] [need to check if she like] is not good having leadership as head, She may be head of her husband. We are students suffering the following
    1. HRM Staff didnot give handouts in propertime. They gave after lectures.
    2. No one coming proper time during the lectures all are coming after 20 mintues late. They are telling that medium of instruction is english but they (HR/Head and Staff) are providing lectures in Tamil.
    3. Without information they are cancelling their lectures including HEAD/HR??
    3. We are not getting any assignment marks in proper time. and they are allowing people to put signatures ( What is BAD cultures of HR)
    4. We are having very poor performance in HR. We are very sad to select the Department of HR
    5. HEAD HR didnot give A4 papers, files, pens and other stationaries. but she is getting from University and selling to others ( Surrounded area of UOJ) there is a evidence we can show it to VC/UOJ.
    6. Dear Students please dont give any option to select to HR Department.

    All are not academics (FEMALE STAFF). they should be under their husband, We are doubtful that Their husbands are not well to look after their wifes during the night time.

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    so the management Faculty staff are a business group. this group is doing only work for earn money and self publicity, otherwise they do not work for students.they not have any social responsibility. but there are doing Business by using Faculty/University name. in this way them wel planned Business plans are MBA/BBM/Diploma and ICCM conferences. In these business , Dean/ Coordinators are earning large amount of money, but no any out comes by their’s works…
    VC also helping to their business with knowledge or without knowledge.

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    Raveendran miss you have given good comments, you have given the following comments:

    We are doubtful that Their husbands are not well to look after their wifes during the night time.

    this is applicable to you also.

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