Aug 05, 2020

FR petition against Uni. of Visual & Performing Arts

A Fundamental Rights application was supported at the Supreme Court yesterday (04) against the University of Visual and Performing Arts.

The petition challenges the admission list to the faculty of music at the University of Visual and Performing Arts.

The petition was filed on the basis that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had ignored the result of the mandatory aptitude test, while reducing the cutoff mark given by the university.

The cutoff mark, which was originally 50, was reduced to 26 and students who have not passed the aptitude test had been accepted.

The university has also protested to reduce the cutoff mark.

Petitioning counsels pointed out that the cutoff mark should be decided by the university and not by the UGC.

After considering all these factors, the university has now stayed the academic course of the batch which has been accepted by the UGC and such a move is said to be the first in the history of Sri Lanka.

Supreme Court the bench comprised Justices Vijith Malagoda, Murdu Fernando and S Thureiraja.

Mr. Upul Kumarapperuma with Mr. Muzar lyi and Oshini Ruberu instructed by Ms. Darshika Nayomi Udugama for the petitioners.

Mr. Senany Dayarathne appeared for the UGC and Mr Sureka Ahmed State Counsel appeared for the University of Visual and Performing Arts.