The representatives of Jaffna University Students Union met Governor of Northern Province Dr.Suren Raghavan at the Governor’s official residence before yesterday evening (07).
The representatives said that the graduation ceremony could not be held as the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor are still not appointed at the University of Jaffna. As a result, students who have completed studies face difficulties in finding employment and higher education. They requested the Governor to bring this issue to the attention of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena and to have a better solution.
They also requested for solutions of the following issues. There is a lack of health facilities at Jaffna University as there are no permanent doctors or nurses. The students of Ramanathan Fine Arts Faculty face difficulties due to the road accidents occurred frequently at faculty junction. They requested for a solution by joining the Road Authority and the police.
The representatives of the Student Union welcomed the importance of the Vadamarachchi Lagoon project to provide drinking water for the people of Jaffna launched by the President and the Governor’s initiative for it. They said that they will support the Governor’s efforts to solve the social problems of the North.
Governor promised to have a proper solution as soon as possible in consultation with the President regarding the appointment of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and the delay of the convocation ceremony. He also said that steps will be taken after the discussion with the Road Development Authority and the Northern Provincial Road Safety Council to display warning boards and place speed breaker on the road in front of the Ramanathan Fine Arts Faculty.
The Governor stated that since the issue of doctors seems to be found in the entire Northern Province, it can be decided only after consultation with relevant authorities. Until then, students can be provided with first-aid training. He advised the students to run a bookstore at the University of Jaffna and said he could fund for it.
– Media Unit of Northern Province Governor