UGC calls for public complaints on university ragging

All national newspapers carried a government advertisement today calling for public complaints on ragging at institutes of higher education.

The notification, issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), called on members of the public to bring forward any complaints or appeals to a seven-member committee appointed to provide relief for victims of ragging.

Higher Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena told reporters today that according to statistics provided by the national police commission, 2,000 students left higher education in 2018 due to ragging.

However, since the findings of the police commission alone aren’t adequate to move forward, he said, the Ministry of Higher Education and the UGC had decided to call in for complaints and appeals to gather evidence.

The Minister guaranteed the confidentiality of victims and other students who testify before the committee.

The committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Salleem Marsoof. Other members include former Sri Jayewardenepura University Vice-Chancellors Narada Warnasuriya, Pali and Buddhist Studies Dean Magammana Pragnananda thero, Father Bennet Fernando, former Uva University Vice Chancellor Chandra Abuldeniya and President’s Counsel Prassanna Lal Alwis.

UGC Vice President Janitha Liyanage will serve as committee secretary.

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe. Edited by Himal Kotelawala.