May 24, Colombo: Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) said today the new entrants to universities following a leadership training programme in military camps are undergoing severe hardships.
IUSF Convener, Sanjeewa Bandara told a press conference that the students are undergoing hardships due to the lack of drinking water, food, basic sanitation, and even proper accommodation.
According to Bandara, parents of the university students have expressed their concern over their children’s plight.
He said that students in some military camps have not received a proper meal and have been given accommodation in make-shift tents since the training programme commenced yesterday.
The IUSF has voiced strong opposition to the program which according to the government is aimed at providing training in necessary leadership skills to the new students.
The IUSF has filed a fundamental right petition at the Supreme Court against the program.