The President said that tarnishing the good image of universities which produce scholars and intellectuals, through these kind of incidents is a dishonour to the free education and said that a number of black marks on ragging incidents have been added to our history of the university system during the past 40-50 years. (Colombo Gazette) He made these remarks participating in the 75th anniversary celebration of the Ananda Shastralaya in Matugama, today.President Sirisena stated that the recent ragging related incident at the Agricultural Faculty of University of Peradeniya is a tragedy of free education and further said that he made inquiries regarding this issue from the Senior Superintendent of Police of Kandy and expressed the deepest regret of the Government about this incident. He also instructed the IGP to implement an initiative jointly with the University Authorities in this regard. President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Inspector General of Police to crackdown on ragging in universities.The President’s office said that the President has instructed the IGP to pay special attention to prevent inhuman ragging in universities carried out by a minority group of students in order to interrupt the education of the majority of students. The President further said that the Government has a responsibility regarding the future of the university students and the President also emphasized that the Government will fulfill that duty without any hesitation.