Sri Lanka university student organization to protest the military led leadership training for students

Apr 21, Colombo: Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) of Sri Lanka says it will launch a protest campaign against the Ministry of Higher Education decision to make the fresh university students undergo a compulsory military-led leadership training.

Sanjeewa Bandara, convener of the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), affiliated IUSF, charged that the leadership training was a part of the government strategy of militarizing the society.

He vowed to get the parents of the students as well in the protest against the training.

However, the Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Sunil Jayantha Navaratne says that the programme was initiated in order to improve the leadership skills of undergraduates before they enter universities.

He has reportedly said that the new scheme would come into effect from May 23 for the next academic year and it would be compulsory for all students.

The training programme would be conducted by the military under the supervision of university authorities, the Island newspaper said.

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