Colombo: Endorsing the high standard of
education maintained by the Tamil dominated Jaffna university,
the post LTTE era has witnessed a large enrolment of Sinhala
students for the first time in 30 years.
"For the first time in 30 years, a large number of
students are entering the Jaffna University from the South
(Sri Lanka). Some of them have even entered from remote areas
in the South", Senior Co-ordinator of Civil Affairs in Jaffna,
Major Lal Nanayakkara said.
Seventy-two students from the South who gained admission
to the University of Jaffna were given a rousing welcome and
not ragged by the senior students of the university.
Nanayakkara said the University of Jaffna has an
unblemished history with regard to its functions, the state
run `Sunday Observer` said.
Even during the height of the turbulent days in the
North, the activities of the University of Jaffna continued
uninterrupted, it said.
The students from the South are entering in all Faculties
including Medical, Law and Management Faculties of the
Senior students of the University have organised a series
of programmes to make the freshers from the South comfortable
A sight-seeing tour has been organised by the Jaffna Law
Faculty Students to tour important areas in Jaffna.
A cultural event was also organised by the Faculty of Law
students to greet the newcomers.
The students from the South who gained admission to the
Jaffna University have been accommodated at the University
Sinhala students first entered the University of Jaffna,
the newspaper said.
It was opened by the late Prime Minister Sirima
Bandaranaike in 1975.
As many as 72 students including Muslims have entered the
Jaffna University from the South after peace dawned in the
region, Nanayakkara said.