Professor Rohana Laxman Piyadasa, a lecturer of mass media, reflected on the SAITM issue, unrest in universities, the forming of a new constitution and the act proposed by the government to control media. Here are excerpts of the interview.
If there are obstacles in the path to their education, it becomes a social issue
Are there parents in our country who can spend Rs 15 million for their children’s education?
I hold the view that Universities should be independent
I notice a downfall in the Trade union culture of Sri Lanka
There are more than one hundred thousand parents who have lost their children
QAt Present there are crucial issues connected with the Universities. The Universities were closed due to student unrest, SAITM, and the spread of epidemics. Now Katubedda University has been closed suddenly. Why is this?
The country’s youth student population is categorized as a generation of intellectuals that will one day take over the future of a country. If there are obstacles in the path to their education, it becomes a social issue. In an undeveloped country like ours, students continuing with their higher education face sicknesses, contact viruses, experience epidemics and other economic constraints. When any one of this happens its a pathetic sight. Elders of a society should intervene and manage such a situation.