Jaffna University Vice-Chancellor suspended | Daily News

Jaffna University Vice-Chancellor suspended

Jaffna University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ratnam Vigneswaran has been suspended with immediate effect by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaking to the Daily News, University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva confirmed the suspension. However, reasons for the suspension are not yet known.

“According to the Constitution, the President has the sole authority for appointment and removal of Vice-Chancellors,” he said, adding that a meeting would be held today at the UGC to appoint a competent authority.

“The Higher Education Minister is vested with the responsibility of appointing a competent authority and it will be done. After that, we will initiate the normal procedure for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor, and that will take a couple of months,” he said.

Prof. Vigneswaran, following the receipt of the letter, reportedly left for Colombo to meet the authorities at the UGC. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2017.

A search operation was carried out by the security forces at the Jaffna University last Friday. Two students, who were the President and the Secretary of the Student Union, were arrested following the search operation for allegedly keeping a framed photograph of slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran in their office.

However, the UGC Chairman said that the suspension might have nothing to do with that incident or the prevailing situation in the country.


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