The UGC has cited a failure in the degree course for its decision.
This degree is offered for long-term professional journalists without a basic degree, but who have passed their GCE Advanced Level examination.
As the first batch, 45 senior journalists were enrolled, but only one of them, editorial consultant of ‘Mawbima’ Asoka Dias, had handed over the final thesis for the degree course.
This is the basis for the UGC’s decision to suspend the degree course.
However, the second batch has already been recruited.
When contacted, course director Tudor Weerasinghe told Sri Lanka Mirror that he was not aware of a suspension decision.
He said he could not describe the degree course as a failure, and said others too, could get through as there is no specific deadline to hand over the final thesis.