Colombo Uni. Students’ Union opposes Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda’s appointment as new Chancellor
Posted on November 3rd, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Colombo University Students’ Union and the Student Community unanimously expressed their displeasure over the appointment of Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda Thera as the new Chancellor of Colombo University.

The University Students’ Union claims that the Chancellorship of a university should never be a political appointment or to fulfill a political agenda.

Although the Chancellor has no statutory administrative powers, the he is a symbol of the University’s honour, especially at the graduation ceremony.

However, the government has appointed Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda as the next Chancellor of the University of Colombo.

“It is in this context that the independence and dignity of the university administration are preserved. But we believe that a political appointment to the post of a Chancellor of the University could destroy both the independence of the university administration and the dignity of the University overall,” the Students’ Union said.

Therefore, we, as the Students’ Union, and on behalf of the entire student community, express our strong opposition to this political appointment to the University of Colombo, which has a distinguished history and is still a prestigious university today, the Students’ Union added. 

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