Dispute forces postponement of opening of Indian funded auditorium at Ruhuna

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:52 GMT, Aug 28, 2018 |

A dispute among students and the authorities has forced the postponement of the opening of an Indian funded auditorium at the Ruhuna University.

The Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium in University of Ruhuna, the largest auditorium of a Sri Lankan University, was to be declared open under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on the 3rd of September.

However sources said that the opening has been postponed following a dispute.

An Indian High Commission spokesperson confirmed to The Morning that the opening had been postponed.

The spokesperson however said that the opening will take place soon.

At the request of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education the state of art memorial auditorium was built with grant assistance from the Indian Government worth Rs 265 million, as an India – Sri Lanka Development Partnership Project in the field of higher education.

The Memorandum of Understanding regarding the project was signed between the Government of India and the Government of Sri Lanka on March 15, 2015, during Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit. And the contract for the construction of the Auditorium was awarded to Link Engineering (Pvt.) Limited in March 2016.

Constructed in an area of about 3000 square meters, while capturing the unique architectural model of the Ruhuna University, the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium boasts of well equipped theatre facilities with 1500 seating capacity.

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