Sri Jayawardenapura University Vice Chancellor on a doubtful tour of duty?

Sri Jayawardenapura University Vice Chancellor on a doubtful tour of duty?

Written by Bella Dalima

18 Sep, 2014 | 9:04 pm

The tenure of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura is  to conclude in November.

On  September 1, Action TV revealed that the Vice-Chancellor was preparing to leave the country on the September 2  for a workshop for vice chancellors in Japan, at the expense of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

On September 6, the Minister of Higher Education made a comment to Action TV, justifying the reasons for this tour.

Minister of Higher Education, S.B.Dissanayake said:

[quote]He is a young individual. He has a Doctorate in Geographical Sciences. Although he steps down as vice chancellor, he will serve in the Geography Division as a lecturer. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in the tour.[/quote]

The minister made this comment, three days after the vice chancellor departed for Japan.

Despite having a Doctorate in Geography, Action TV on a previous occasion highlighted that the Vice Chancellor is pretending to be a lecturer in Information Technology.

Incidentally, it is the vice chancellor  who had appointed himself to serve as a visiting lecturer for a BSC Degree course for a sum of Rs.1500  per hour, to teach Information Technology to the students who enrolled to the Arts Faculty of the Sri Jayawardenapura University.

This degree course comes under the purview of the Department of English at the University.

The vice chancellor’s tour to Japan is indeed an extraordinary one that raises many questions. Although it is said that the programme in Japan is a workshop, it is indeed a Research Symposium which requires participant to pay a fee to participate.

The symposium was to commence on  September 8. However, the vice chancellor had left the country five days prior to the symposium, wasting even more public funds.

According agenda of the symposium he had presented a researcher paper which makes it clear that he is pretending to have a keen interest in Information Technology.

However, this tour to Japan undertaken by the vice chancellor, who also has a Doctorate in Geography, will in no way be of any help to obtain more services from him for the betterment of the University , as mentioned by the Minister.

The vice chancellor had used the name of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura for presentation at the symposium.  But he had not made the presentation alone……

Await more details on Action TV

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