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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Universities return to normal

Dailymirror 09/08/2011

With academics resuming duties at their voluntary administrative posts from Monday, normalcy has now returned to universities after the two-month long protest and the tug-o-war between academics and Vice Chancellors. 

Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) President Nirmal Dewasiri said they decided to resume duties following a request from the university administration.

“Some issues concerning the validity of the resignation letters we tendered are still to be clarified and solved. But, sswe decided that minor technicalities should not stand in the way of restoring normalcy in the country’s higher education system,” he added.

Dr. Dewasiri said they were awaiting the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular on the academics’ salary revision, which would be implemented from the August salary.

“We received information that the treasury and the Higher Education Ministry have sent the letters to the UGC regarding the salary revision,” he said.

Dr. Dewasiri said they were also expecting the appointment of the committee to look into the full resolution of the salary anomaly of the academics.

“We were informed that the committee will be appointed this week. We hope that the committee will be appointed soon,” he added.