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Students taking down the Satyagraha platform they had been occupying in front of the Open University in Nawala | Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe

Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) Students’ Union, although agreed to bring their Satyagraha campaign to an end, stated the proposal of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to resolve their issues was only a temporary solution.

“The UGC agreed the semester fee was high and a payment system will be put together. The UGC has also agreed to remove the suspensions of students. We accept this as a temporary solution,” OUSL Students’ Union convener Amila Sandaruwan said.

UGC Chairman Prof Mohan De Silva said a basic principle of 10 percent increments will be practiced at OUSL and that payment structures will be mainstreamed. “Sudden changes are what led to the situation. We allowed the OUSL administration to sort it out but it got messy. We will make sure this will never happen again,” De Silva said.

Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) Students’ Union brought the Satyagraha to an end on Friday (July 31), following the UGC’s decision to meet their demands. The Satyagraha was held for 227 days and the students stood by their demands without agreeing to UGC proposals that didn’t meet their demands.

On July 29, after an Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) rally, the OUSL Students Union accepted in writing the UGC proposal. As it met their demands, unlike previous proposals, the OUSL Students Union agreed to end the Satyagraha. Final discussions between the students union and the UGC were held on

Students taking down the Satyagraha platform they had been occupying in front of the Open University in Nawala | Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe
Students taking down the Satyagraha platform they had been occupying in front of the Open University in Nawala | Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe

July 30.