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Committee to probe ragging in universities

The government has appointed a high-level committee to probe ragging in universities and propose a scheme to re-admit students who left because of this practice.

The seven-member committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge Saleem Marsoof includes former Vice-Chancellor Prof Narada Warnasooriya and several members of the clergy.

Higher Education Minister Bandula Gunewardene said that the ragging is “a national tragedy” and said it must be stopped.

He said that a large number of students who entered university left because of the intensity and cruelty of the initiation and some chose to go overseas depriving the country of valuable foreign exchange.

The committee has been given three months to come up with solutions and recommendations

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