Staff shortage cripples NE universities - Tamil Don

[TamilNet, Sunday, 29 December 2002, 17:33 GMT]
"Shortage of academic and non-academic staff in Universities in the northeast province has a crippling effect on the academic growth of students and the general progress of the campuses. Quite often the lecturers and other academic staff are forced to carry out clerical tasks," said Mr.S. Yogarajah, senior lecturer in the Tamil department of the East University of Sri Lanka (EUSL) Sunday.

He made this remark when Mr.A.Sivanesachelvan, Chief Editor of Thinakural, a leading Tamil daily published from Colombo, made an appeal to the academic staff of the universities in the northeast to take steps to do research on Tamil media history in the country and document the findings, while speaking at the morning session of the second day provincial Tamil literary festival now in progress in Trincomalee.

Mr.Sivanesachelvan was the chief guest for the morning session of the festival.

Mr. Yogarajah presiding over the morning session on ' the History of Tamil journalism in Sri Lanka and its assessment" said after 1990 universities in the northeast function with lot of burdens such as shortage academic and non-academic staff. University authorities still maintain school level administration. Academic staff is to report for work seven in the morning and leave around 5 in the evening daily. The academic staff working in universities in the rest of country enjoy more benefits than their collegues in the Northeast, Mr. Yogarajah said.

Mr.Sivanesachelvan said a strong foundation should be laid for a new media culture in the country. Independent media is vital to ensure freedom of people in all spheres, he added.

Assistant Director of Education Mr.N.Anandaraj, Head of the Arts Faculty in the east University of Sri Lanka Ms Ammankili Murugathas and Mr.V.Manickavasagar read papers on "Tamil journalism in Sri Lanka." A group discussion followed.

Mr. Mohamed Sameem, a retired Director of Education, while participating in the discussions, said press freedom should be extended to writers who contribute articles that reflect their independent thinking.


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