New projects to end J'pura university hostel crisis
By Sachitra Mahendra
The Sri Jayewardenepura University hostel crisis is expected to end with the introduction of several new projects by the authorities.

One such project is the merging of the existing hostels in one location. Presently, additional students are lodged at separate housing schemes composed of 14 houses with only 2 toilets.

Sri Jayewardenepura University Vice Chancellor Prof. Chandima Wijebandara told The Sunday Times that the authorities hoped the projects - namely the Euro Lanka project and the Turnkey project - would solve most of the existing problems.

The Senaka Bandaranaike Committee will examine the cost estimated at rupees four million for the first stage. University authorities too are expected to further discuss these projects with Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Tara de Mel.

Meanwhile the Inter University Students Joint Commission (IUSJC) said the hostel issue had prevailed for a long time without action being taken.
"We hope the Vice Chancellor will take necessary steps to solve this issue", an IUSJC representative said.

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