20 May 2011
By S.S. Selvanayagam
The Supreme Court today directed the Attorney General to consider instructing the relevant authorities to postpone for one week the impugned mandatory training in military camps for the students who are eligible to enter the State Universities.
The Court made this direction in the wake of the training for the first batch which is scheduled to be commenced on May 23, 2011 at several Army Camps.
The Bench comprised Justices K.Sripavan, Chandra Ekanayake and Suresh Chandra.
Students for Human Rights filed a fundamental rights petition challenging the decision of the Higher Education Ministry allegedly compelling the students, who are eligible to enter University, into undergoing in-house training within military camps without their consent.
The Petitioner claims it is making this application on behalf of the student community in Sri Lanka who have passed the G C E Advanced Level held in August 2010 and who have gained sufficient marks to be eligible to enter the State Universities in Sri Lanka.