By Thisari Walawege
All medical faculties have agreed to increase the intake of students and two new medical faculties affiliated to the Moratuwa and Wayamba universities of Sri Lanka were to be established for this year University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Sampath Amaratunga told Daily Mirror yesterday.
“However, exact numbers or percentage increase of intake has not been decided upon yet,” he said. The chairman said there were many factors to be considered such as laboratory facilities, computer facilities and hostel facilities when increasing the intake and the UGC was committed to take all measures necessary to maximize the student intake.
He said the vice chancellors of all universities were very supportive but support of many other sectors was necessary to make this mission a success.
According to him, maximizing the student intake is the number one priority of the UGC at the present. “But we must ensure that the standard of the university is not affected when increasing the intake,” the chairman said. In addition, he said the President was extremely supportive for this cause as it ensures maximum opportunities are given to the young generation.
Furthermore, he said the UGC University Admission Handbooks for the 2019/2020 academic year were being printed currently and they would be distributed very soon. He said a general idea about the percentage calculations with regards to student intake from old and new syllabus student populations would be mentioned in the handbook.
All medical faculties have agreed to increase the intake of students and two new medical faculties affiliated to the Moratuwa and Wayamba universities