Friday, September 16, 2011
Professor S Sivasegaram's eMail and our reply
Professor S Sivasegaram has sent us the following eMail.
I think that some of the recent articles are in bad taste.
There is a tendency to settle old scores with people.
Several of the personal comments are inaccurate and suggest dubious motives.
Some lecturers were not very popular, but they cared for students in far far better ways than ones who sought popularity at the expense of standards.
Light hearted remarks are all right but harsh judgments are quite another matter.
What do some of the writers seek to achieve with their attacks on former teachers and colleagues?
The Internet in some ways is a curse, I fear.
This was our reply.
Dear Professor Sivasegaram,
If you said bad English - then perhaps I can agree because we can perhaps agree on a point of reference.
But bad taste is all relative. Not all taste buds are made equal. Some like beer, some like Arrack but some like neither of them.
These people who have written about their experience during their student days at Peradeniya are all products of the faculty. They are just documenting certain incidents they experienced and offering their opinion. If alternative opinion or points of view is available, I am quite happy to publish it here.
During my time at Peradeniya, I dont think there were any lecturers seeking popularity. If they were, they badly failed because we did not notice any such signs. You were considered as a good lecturer and a good person, that is because we compared you to CLVJ.
I am sure you agree that you too displayed your bad tempter at least once (AFAIK) and some of us were afraid of you as well.
Since graduating from Pera, I have studied at four universities in three countries and have worked in six universities in two countries. I have not come across a place similar to Pera e-fac during our days in any of these places where the majority of the students were living in constant fear about lecturers.
Internet is a good medium at least as far as these issued are concerned. Those people who dispute what is written can always enter their comments with what they think is correct.
While there are names mentioned and claims made, I doubt if there is any ill will or hatred.