Legal advice sought on IUSF ban

The Higher Education Ministry says it has now sought legal advice on the possibility of banning the Inter University Student Union (IUSF).

Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne said that details over the unlawful activities of the IUSF will also be revealed to the public soon.

Meanwhile the University Grants Commission (UGC) said that the IUSF has no right to use the word ‘university’ in its student union name.

UGC chairman Professor Gamini Samaranayake said that the name ‘university’ can be used only with the approval of the UGC.

He said that legal action can be initiated against any student union which uses the ‘university’ name without proper approval.

Samaranayake also accused the IUSF of operating with a political agenda and not just focusing on student related issues.

IUSF convener Sanjeeva Bandara had recently insisted that the IUSF is not an undemocratic student group and is not involved in ragging.

He also said that ragging is something common in universities, which is however now being politicized using isolated incidents.

Bandara said that some students involved in ragging claim to be members of the IUSF when they are not and moves to ban the student group is a conspiracy to suppress students rights. (Colombo Gazette)