By virtue of the powers vested in him by the Universities Act No 16 of the year 1978, President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Prof. K. Kanthasamy as the competent Authority for University of Jaffna. It was learnt from the Higher Education Circles that the Minister of Urban Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauvb Hakeem will issue a notice to this effect in the gazette.
AS soon as the gazette notice is published the Ministry of Higher Education will send the Appointment letter for the Competent Authority, it is further learnt.
Until a new VC is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Universities Grant Commission, a person who would be elected in an election as per Universities Act and recommended by the University Council, the above appointment will be effective for three months.
A senior Professor of the Physics Department of the University of Jaffna, he has served as the Head of Physics Department and the Dean of the Science Faculty. He was also the founder Dean of Engineering Faculty and Faculty of Technical Studies.
He is also serving as a member of the 5-member Sri Lanka National Educational Commission.