We need to move forward and rebuild the North - Jaffna University VC
Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) C.V.
Wineswaran had to take a dose of his own medicine at the National
conference on Post-terrorism Socio-Economic Development of the Northern
and the Eastern Provinces organised by the University Grants Commission
under the patronage of its Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hiriburegama at
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on Thursday.
Vice Chancellors of the University of Jaffna and the Eastern
University countered baseless allegations made by the NPC Chief Minister
who was the chief guest at the conference. Wigneswaran said the powers
vested with the NPC was inadequate, the Northern province has not been
developed after the end of terrorism, inadequate living standards of the
people and the presence of the Security Forces. Vice Chancellor, Jaffna
University Prof Vasanthy Arasaratnam and the Vice Chancellor of the
Eastern University Dr. K. Kobindarajah shot down wild allegations made
by Chief Minister Wigneswaran with statistical and research data.
The findings of the two Vice Chancellors is a setback for Wingeswaran
as the two eminent academics have been with the people in the North and
the East and have first-hand experience on the situation whereas
Wigneswaran, living in Colombo 7, is a political parachute.
Jaffna University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Arasaratnam spoke at length
about her personal experience and said that when infrastructure
development is taking place, they should move forward. We as academics
will give our fullest collaboration in livelihood development of the
Northern people,” she said adding that she and the people in the North
had suffered enough due to LTTE terrorism. We need to move forward, try
to forget the past and rebuild the North, like I have rebuilt my home
that was destroyed due to terrorism,she said.
Eastern University Vice Chancellor Dr. Kobindarajah suggested forming
a committee of academics to work with President Mahinda Rajapaksa with
the support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). All parties concerned
should address the real cause and genuinely work hard.
I firmly believe that if you work with an open heart we could
definitely sort out whatever the problems we have. We as the academics
are ready to play a key role to promote ethnic harmony and