University of Peradeniya, the premier university in the country, has deviated from the norms in order to bring about an end to inhuman ragging and instill the message in the minds of the undergraduates that their main task is to become academics so that they can fit into the present society.
The Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter Ven. Tibbotutuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera has allowed the University of Peradeniya to conduct a course on personality, leadership and ethical behaviour for one thousand second year undergraduates at his temple ‘Ridihi Raja Maha Vihare’ at Ridigama, in the Kurunegala district. This course is conducted in three stages taking in batches of three hundred and fifty. Sessions will be held for three days leading up ti the the first week of March.
Vice Chancellor Upul B.Dissanayake said that this is the first time in the history of universities in the county that a course is conducted at any University outside its premises
This move by the Mahnayake of the Malwatta Chapter also seems to be the turning point where religion-whatever the faith, is involved in shaping the lives of the ‘ cream ‘ of the society. It is an accepted fact that the percentage of students who enter the state Universities is low. This is despite the strenuous period of study at the pre-university level.
Vice Chancellor Upul B.Dissanayake said that this is the first time in the history of universities in the county that a course is conducted at any University outside its premises. The Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter had seen that this sort of course outside the university premises in the spacious Ridee Raja Maha Vihare would present the undergraduates an opportunity to reflect on the roles they have to play in the progress of the country.
He also said that the Mahnayake has allowed the spacious International Auditorium to be used free to ensure that there is discipline and to see that ragging is stopped; if this country is to the progress.
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