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President suspends Jaffna Uni vice chancellor

The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena this week suspended the vice chancellor of the University of Jaffna. 

Whilst the exact cause is not known, the suspension follows a search operation at the university where two students and a tea shop owner were arrested for being in possession of framed photographs of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader, V Prabhakaran and Thileepan respectively. 

“According to the Constitution, the President has the sole authority for appointment and removal of Vice-Chancellors,” the University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva told the Daily News following the incident. 

“The Higher Education Minister is vested with the responsibility of appointing a competent authority and it will be done. After that, we will initiate the normal procedure for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor, and that will take a couple of months,” he added.