Cabinet nod for proposal to amend Universities’ Act

25 July 2019 08:18 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Following the controversy over the Batticaloa campus, Cabinet approved a proposal to enact a piece of legislation in the form of an amendment to the Universities' Act to regulate the private higher educational institutes effectively.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe submitted the Cabinet memorandum seeking to amend the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978.

According to the proposed amendment to the Act, every degree awarding institute should be open to all eligible persons irrespective of race, religion or sex. Also, every institute should have its annual accounts audited and report all donations received by it.

The government has taken steps in this regard after it was found that the Batticaloa campus received as much as US $ 100 million (Nearly Rs.17 billion) from an unlawful organization in Saudi Arabia. According to initial investigations, only Rs. 4 billion had been spent by the campus authorities. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Jude Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:57 AM

    While you guys at amending universities act !!! Amend the university's curriculum MORE suited for 21st century and Job oriented!!! Yeah!!

    gamini Thursday, 25 July 2019 01:07 PM

    so what happened to the balance 13 billion? why is no one charged for that

    Lokka Thursday, 25 July 2019 01:37 PM

    This alone is not enough. Receiving money from unlawful organization should be investigated and the culprits punished.

    Lankan Thursday, 25 July 2019 02:51 PM

    Dear Jude . I agree with you. Universities in Sri Lankan are like copy cut machine. Many subjects except medical and engineering..notes are coppied from one generation to another in many areas of arts and humanities. If Mps have no brains to know all this; who cares? After all; Sri Lankan parliament loves idiots.


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