State Minister for Higher Education Professor Rajiva Wijesingha – who resigned from his position few weeks ago – crossed over to the Opposition today in the Parliament.
He has stated that certain concerns he holds concerning the 19th amendment that is due to be presented before the Parliament and the removal of certain members from the University Grants Commission, as reasons that led to his decision to cross over.
Prof. Wijesinghe resigned from his position as the state Minister for Higher education after Cabinet Minister for Higher Education, Kabir Hashim instructed former UGC Chairman, Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama to resign from her position.
Although the government stated it was carried out as part of the government policy of asking all government institution and department heads to resign, Prof. Wijesinghe alleged it was carried out due to pressure from the Federation of University Teachers Association and complained of the lack of autonomy to perform necessary duties in his portfolio.
« Way Down Home: The View From The South