Offenders to be blacklisted – Raghavan

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State Minister of Higher Education Suren Raghavan said students who are found guilty of being engaged in ragging within the premises of State Universities will henceforth be blacklisted from all state and private universities as well as foreign universities.

He warned that all those found guilty of being involved in any acts or forms of ragging will in the future be suspended from attending classes, their degrees will be declared null and void, and they will also be prohibited from pursuing higher studies at local universities.

He said legal assistance will also be sought in the future to prevent offenders from seeking employment in the State sector.

Raghavan added that ragging in all forms in the university sphere should be totally eliminated and said present rules and regulations were sufficient to initiate stern action against offenders.

The State Minister said his Ministry was also in the process of initiating legal action against those behind the recent ragging reported from the University of Peradeniya. 

By Amith Gamage