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J'pura to re-open on Wednesday

The Sri Jayawardhnapura University is set to re-open for academic activities on Wednesday, as an Education Ministry-appointed committee began work on ensuring its smooth functioning.

The University was closed early last month following the fatal stabbing of final year student Sampath Bandara in a clash between two student factions.

The special Security and Disciplinary committee chaired by Sam Wijesinghe (former Secretary General of Parliament) will devise ways and means of ensuring that academic work at the University proceeds smoothly.

This Committee will be mandated to oversee all matters connected to the security arrangements of the University, ensure discipline with the campus, closely monitor the situation within the University and to report regularly to the Vice Chancellor, Senate and the University Council, have a regular dialogue and discussions with the Proctor in connection with the disciplinary control.

In addition, a Deputy Vice Chancellor has been appointed for students' disciplinary matters. A new internal Security structure has also been arranged with external support from the Police, the Ministry said.

The other member of the Committee are: Prof. Savitri Goonesekara (Professor of Law), T. Anandarajah (former IGP), Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara (Director/Personal Institute of Management), Dr. J.B. Pieris (former Director/Post Graduate Institute of Medicine), Prof. Lakshman Jayatilleke (former Prof. of Engineering, former Chairman/NEC), former Director-General/National Institute of Education) and Prof. Rizvi Sheriff (Professor of Clinical Medicine).

Bandara was the second undergraduate to have been killed inside the Sri Jayawardhanapura university, as a result of politically motivated student clashes.

Samantha Vithanage a third year management student was killed in a intense clash in the campus grounds in November 7, 2002.

Earlier, another committee headed by the University's Governing Council Chairman Chandra Embuldeniya was appointed by the Education Ministry Secretary to recommend a set of pragmatic proposals that can be implemented swiftly to combat violence in universities.

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