Report on Batticaloa Campus to be presented to Cabinet

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By Rose Kenny

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resources Development report is scheduled to be presented to the Cabinet tomorrow.

MP Ashu Marasinghe said the report containing recommendations for the private campus in Batticaloa will be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers which is scheduled to meet tomorrow (25).

The report was presented to the parliament, last Friday (21) by the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resources Development.

“Considering the security situation of the country, monies received by the institution, unlawful constructions, forcible acquisitions of crown lands found to be illegal, the Committee unanimously recommends the government to acquire them under the emergency rule (as dealt with the North Colombo medical College) and to pursue legal action against all culprits.” the Committee has recommended in its report.

Professor Marasinghe speaking addressing as media briefing  at the Parliament premises last Friday, said that the Committee urges for several investigations on a series of discrepancies pertaining to the establishment, land acquisition and funding  of the said Campus. The Committee member UNP MP Wijepala Hettiaarachchi, who also spoke at the press brief, pointed out that, when acquiring the Shariah Campus the government shall not do any payments to any respective stakeholders of this education establishment, considering the frauds evident in its financial transactions.

The Committee, in its 15 recommendations, has requested that a forensic audit be carried out with respect to all monetary transactions of the Batticaloa Shariah Campus through the National Audit Office.

The Committee investigations reveal that the education institution has not obtained any special permission from the Exchange Controller when securing a sum of Rs. 3.6 BN loan from a foreign lender as per prevailing exchange provisions. It observes that the grant or the loan obtained by the education institution is possibly a violation of exchange rules of the country.

Therefore, Professor Marasinghe  said that there is no obstruction for the government to take over the Batticaloa private university under the state of emergency.