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The Government has given the green light for a private university to be established in the Sabaragamuva province, Chief Minister of the province Mahipala Herath said.
 

“Several rounds of discussions had been held in this regard with private universities in the US, India and Belarus and the proposed university would be established soon in collaboration with an institution that would meet the needs of the social, economic and cultural background of Sabaragamuwa province. The university would provide courses in medical, engineering and information technology disciplines,” the Chief Minister was quoted in a statement from the Provincial Council.
 

The Chief Minister made the revelation at a conference he had with Sarvodaya Association Secretary Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne and some senior officials of the association.
 

Provincial Chief Secretary P. Kodithuwakku and several senior officials of the Provincial council were also present on the occasion.
The objective of this move, the Chief Minister said was to meet the higher education requirements of the Sabaragamuwa children who have been denied admission to the national university system and foreign universities due to rigorous competition and economic problems.
The vast majority of the population in Sabaragamuwa consists of owners of small plots of land and those who are unable to claim ownership to any land.
 

The Chief Minister said that opening of such a university was not purely an economic process but a realistic programme that would open equal avenues for higher education to everyone and help avert a possible social calamity in the future. 

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  • Babanis Friday, 24 September 2010 02:32 PM

    Long overdue. Now the student who are not selected due to the proportional system have a chance to have a higher eduction. I do hope the graduates from these universities will give the graduates from the state universities a run. Good to see this change in Sri Lanka.

    Babanis Friday, 24 September 2010 02:33 PM

    Of course and also for people who are really interested in studying.

    TONY Friday, 24 September 2010 02:54 PM

    Ohh. Hurray . Another good chance for robbing and grabbing billions.

    Rajitha Friday, 24 September 2010 03:25 PM

    those who are really interested in studying should do their A-Levels well and get through to the local universities.
    these so called private universities are indeed for those rich-stupid kids

    Purohitha Friday, 24 September 2010 03:55 PM

    At last ! Hopefully this will develop result orientated, hard working young men who will model the future of Sri Lanka. Please make sure that Medical faculties are included. There are thousands of students going even to places like Bangladesh to follow a courses in Medicine. Creating medical faculties under foreign unis in SL will enable the development of teaching hospitals.

    sabara Friday, 24 September 2010 04:31 PM

    Sri Lanka will have first cabinet of ministers totally composed of Doctors..thanks to these Private Universities

    Bluff Bluff Friday, 24 September 2010 04:33 PM

    Was it announced at any election meeting during the recent past?

    Sri Lankan Friday, 24 September 2010 04:35 PM

    Just curious what you mean by acceptable standard for admission.

    I am a strong believer that A/L is not a good bench mark. You can find proof if you go to a local IT company where students from private universities (most of them only got 3 S's in AL's outperforming guys from state universities such as Colombo and Pera).. Although I agree students from Moratuwa are the most outstanding ones.

    Faqi Friday, 24 September 2010 05:30 PM

    saibunana - The Indian University eduction system is on par or above that of the US &. Belarus. Graduates of Indian Technology Universities are in very high demand in the US. Take a look at most of the Silicon valley companies in the US operated by Indian nationals with Indian eduction. In a survey in the US; Indian Americans have the highest percentage of higher education when compared to other racial groups.According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Indian American men had "the highest year-round, full-time median earnings ($51,094)", while Indian American women had a medium income of $35,173. This phenomenon has been linked to the "brain drain" of the Indian intelligentsia from India.

    Lamaya Friday, 24 September 2010 05:47 PM

    My father sent me to UK for my degree and ended up selling one of his properties so that I can complete my studies. If I had this option I would have taken it. It would have been much cheaper in SL and the money would have stayed in our country. Dont be negative about everything. American parents collect money from the day a child is born 'collage fund' education is expensive all over the world. if they are suffering from poverty they can always study hard and enter government run universities!

    Faqi Friday, 24 September 2010 06:29 PM

    Sri Lanka has a very large student population and there is room for one or two private high quality Universities. Have anyone taken into account S/L students in Universities abroad. Every foreign University has a sizable contingent of S/L students and many do not return to S/L after graduation. The loss to S/L is a gain to other countries. Its time more independent, private Universities be established in Sri Lanka if we are to stop the brain drain.

    PJay Friday, 24 September 2010 09:39 PM

    Free education.... Free medicine... Free Services... We Sri Lankans are badly spoilt with the freebees and we do not value what we get free from the state at the expense of the hard working tax payers. Consequently most of the Sri Lankan uni students have too much of time in their hands to participate to the so called student demonstrations wasting the university time funded by the tax payers. These jokes do not happen in private universities as the students know that their time is money, and they have paid for it. Those free universities also should follow the suit of the private universities and charge at least 1 rupee a day from a student that will make the uni students value their university time, resources and force them out of the university politics and wastage.

    Jayasiri Friday, 24 September 2010 09:41 PM

    It is good move only if it is monitored by an international authority who can accredit and recognize as a university. Politicians should not get involved in the set up. India should not be allowed to make any role.

    Dilan Friday, 24 September 2010 10:56 PM

    They hav selected the wrong fields. There are more than enough Medical, Engineering and IT graduates are coming out from Gov unis and Why the hell these ppl can't introduce more suitable courses that Gov unis hav not touched, then only the real benefit can be gained from these pvt unis. Otherwise there will be many degree certificated holders in those field fighting for the limited number of jobs and doing nothing for the development of the country.

    Faqi Friday, 24 September 2010 11:45 PM

    Rajitha - What as asinine comment from you. In other words you are calling all those students who attend private Universities are stupid? Then why are they hired as soon as they graduate?

    dinesh Saturday, 25 September 2010 12:42 AM

    I totally agree...More than anything, their quality of education is very bad

    azath Saturday, 25 September 2010 02:08 AM

    It is a good move, but the quality and admissions should strictly follow the accepted standared procedures and curriculum should be compatible with our demand.

    saibunana Friday, 24 September 2010 10:14 AM

    I prefer discussions should made with countries like US, and Belarus where we can get something good for us, just avoid getting ideas from India....as far as i know very well about the Indian quality and indian mentality

    VJ Friday, 24 September 2010 10:17 AM

    Good Move

    Dinesh Friday, 24 September 2010 10:27 AM

    Please maintain an acceptable standart for admissions. I mean education qualification level.

    AMICUS Friday, 24 September 2010 10:30 AM

    YES VJ, IT IS A GOOD MOVE. THE UPFA CAN DO THIS. IT IS BAD ( ACCORDING TO STUDENTS & LEFTISTS LIKE PROF CARLO F ) ONLY IF IT WAS DONE BY UNP.

    ind Friday, 24 September 2010 10:34 AM

    Good move. At the end of the course, both universities should sat for one examination. Then we can see who has done best.

    IrajCalifornia Friday, 24 September 2010 10:37 AM

    it is not a fault of people, UNP itself should take the blame for losing the faith of masses ...!!!

    TMA Friday, 24 September 2010 10:39 AM

    Good move. Should B implemented islandwide

    Dilan Friday, 24 September 2010 10:41 AM

    This is a good move, if it actually is put in to play and minimum admission standards are maintained.

    ajith Friday, 24 September 2010 11:08 AM

    Great!!!!!!
    This will stop draining of brains and money from SL.

    david Saturday, 25 September 2010 05:05 AM

    Foreign universities are ok.
    But don't neglect the local universities as you did for the Govt hospitals when you bring in Foreign Hospitals.

    Is this to kill the student placement business?
    Plenty people going to lose business while many educated people are going to get good jobs. Also the rich people's children don't have to study hard at A/L as many of them will enter private universities with minimum qualification leaving less privileged students to benefit from the free education.
    Good Move.
    We need more universities as our population is in increase.

    Parent Saturday, 25 September 2010 05:09 AM

    well said.

    malkanthi Friday, 24 September 2010 11:22 AM

    Private universities!! Only for those who can afford!!

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 24 September 2010 11:41 AM

    Hope these are for the study of medicine. It is a shame that our girls and boys spend a fortune studying medicine in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, etc.

    TMA Friday, 24 September 2010 12:05 PM

    Wake up hun. That's the reality. Education's main target is not charity. It's producing productive & skilled citizens to the development of the country. Cos of this rigid free education we have no choice & our skills R all wasted & we do a job we're not good @.. Free education should B there but U can't force every1 2 follow that

    Thinuka Friday, 24 September 2010 12:34 PM

    NO.. Syllabus, Administration, Examination must be according to Its original university standards.

    moona Saturday, 25 September 2010 08:09 AM

    TMA, Yes, all the goods & services imported into the country is for those who can afford it.
    Do you want Govt to stop importation of All goods & Services (Cars, medicines etc.) just because a section of people can't afford to buy? Typical rural guy mentality ...LOL


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