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Special committee to provide relief to ragging victims

Higher Education Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardena has instructed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to set up a Committee to provide relief to students who have been harassed and abused due to ragging at universities.

The Committee will focus on students who have left the university due to ragging in recent years.

The Committee is expected to submit its recommendations to the Higher Education Minister within 90 days.

Minister Gunawardena said that he expects to provide relief for students who have suffered from ragging incidents since 2015. As per the Universities Act, students cannot enter a local university if they fail to enroll once after receiving admission. Minister Dr. Gunawardena said the Committee will look into this matter as well.

Minister Gunawardena made these observations at a press briefing held at the Department of Government Information on Saturday.

“More than 2000 students have left universities due to ragging. We consider this as a serious crime and a loss to the nation. There are many students who have been sexually abused, become handicapped or committed suicide due to ragging,” Minister Dr. Gunawardena said. “As a country we should be saddened by this development and as a nation we should be ashamed of this situation. This government will make sure that poor students who go through numerous hardships in their lives won’t fall victim to ragging anymore. We should make space for our children to receive an education in a friendly environment,” the Minister said. 


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