Immediate measures to identify inadequacies in Sri Lankan universities

Jan 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking immediate measures to identify inadequacies in the country’s universities and to take remedial measures to fulfill the requirements, a Ministry of Higher Education official has said.

The Director General of Students Affairs of the Higher Education Ministry Keerthi Mawellage has said that senior Ministry officials will make visits to every university in the island to identify their requirements.

Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission Professor Gamini Samaranayake recently have toured the Jaffna University and its faculties in Vavuniya and Trincomalee in the Northern Province to identify the shortcomings in that University.

During his visit, the Minister has instructed the officials to take immediate steps to attend to the shortcomings and provide necessary solutions, the state-run radio SLBC reported.

Under the Minister’s instructions, the playground of the Jaffna University will be developed and new playgrounds will be constructed for the Trincomalee and Vavuniya faculties. The Ministry has allocated 50 million rupees for each faculty.

The officials will visit the Sabaragamuwa University next and the Ruhuna University following that to evaluate their needs. The programme will be extended to all the universities in the country as a measure to uplift the country’s higher education system.

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