UGC blamed for discrimination in University Admissions
[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 January 2004, 15:32 GMT]
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) Thursday wrote to Sri Lanka's President, Prime Minister and Higher Education Minister to take immediate steps to eliminate discrimination in admitting Tamil students to universities in the New
Year. The number of Tamil students admitted to universities last year was higher than this academic year, said the CTTU in a memorandum sent to the Sri Lanka government leaders.
The President and General Secretary of the CTTU Messrs S.Thandayuthapani and T.Mahasivam said in the memorandum that Tamils are suspecting that chauvinist
elements holding key positions in the Administration of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to be responsible for the discriminatory practices in admissions.
The CTTU said last year about twelve thousand students were admitted to
universities. But in the New Year about fourteen thousand students are to
be admitted to universities. But Tamil students in the northeast are not
going to benefit from the increase of students gaining university admission
at the national level this year. Because this year less students from the
northeast province are to get university admission.
Earlier the UGC decided
to grant admission to 905 students to medical faculties. But this number
has been now reduced to 899 and the six students left out from the
admission list are from northeast province, the CTTU said in its memorandum.
The benefit of increase of intake to universities at the national level
should also be passed on to the Tamil students of the northeast province,
The CTTU will not stand silent and
allow the discrimination against Tamil students to continue, the memorandum further said.