PM reveals plans to introduce new laws for Universities to eliminate ragging

PM reveals plans to introduce new laws for Universities to eliminate ragging

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that it will be possible to suppress ragging and violence related to gender and sexuality through the introduction of new regulations for University administrative activities. He also revealed of plans to create an Assistant Vice-Chancellor’s position in the future effecting a structural change in the local University network.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was speaking at a High Level Consultative Dialogue on Preventing Ragging and Sexual and Gender Based Violence within Universities in Sri Lanka. It was organized by the University Grants Commission in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The aim of the Dialogue was to give universities the requisite policy direction and backing to engage comprehensively with the practices of ragging and Sexual and Gender-based Violence on campuses.
Further expressing his views, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that ragging as well as Sexual and Gender-based Violence can be suppressed by granting room for the Rule of the Law.
The Prime Minister said that all students should have the freedom to study. This was what happened during their days. But it is very important to adhere to the rule of the law. There are many spheres in the country’s University network in which changes should be effected. Premier Wickremasinghe said that it is his view that ragging as well as violence could be eliminated through the introduction of new regulations. He revealed of plants to open a University on Police and criminal justice. He added that they are ready to appoint an Assistant Vice Chancellor to examine issues of students.
Expressing his views at this Dialogue, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that it is the University administration more than the students, who are criticized with respect to ragging. As such he pointed out that every party should unite to crackdown on ragging.
Among those who joined in this Dialogue were Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan de Silva, Prof, Maithri Wickremasinghe, University Vice Chancellors and many who are involved in the higher education sector.