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In a move to set up another non-State degree-awarding institution, Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday submitted a Cabinet paper seeking to set up a branch campus of India’s Manipal University in the Kalutara district.

The investment involved is said to be US$75 million and would offer degrees in Information Technology, Engineering and Management.

However, President Maitripala Sirisena has sought more time to study the paper and make his observations.

The campus is to be set up on a 100-acre block of land with the university authorities paying for the land according to government valuation.

The minister had earlier said the government would invite private investors in the higher education sector of the country. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Senewi Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:56 PM

    We can remember 129 students, including Padmasiri Thrimavithana and Venura Edirisinghe were martyred in 1989 during the struggle against the "White Paper" proposed by these politicians.

    lkboy Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:05 AM

    And you can get treated by them.

    Das Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:02 PM

    Foreign sponsored universities are essentially money making ventures.It is better to enlarge intake of existing universities with additional resources.

    Professor J.Jinadasa Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:11 PM

    Brilliant idea, include Medical Education as well to attract foreign students, also not one have more such private universities, education is the biggest business in the world

    Upali Wickramasinghe Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:27 AM

    That is correct. Have more Private Medical Universities.There is a shortage of doctors, especially outside Colombo

    anonymous Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:41 AM

    All income generated from these unis should stay within this country without sending it back to India. All program fees for the first 2 years should be kept in country and final year royalty could be sent abroad via DM Android App

    Saranga Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:46 AM

    Here is the history of glorified unionAs reforms were initiated in Sri Lanka in 1977, the student movement expressed dissent towards the reforms. Inter University Students’ Federation was formed in 1978, with a formation of a leftist mass movement and Shantha Bandara, a student in the science faculty of University of Peradeniya, was elected as its first convener.1985 became a landmark year to the student movement, giving birth to the struggle against the private medical college of Colombo North, established in 1981. This protracted struggle had to be fought until 1988. 129 students, including Padmasiri Thrimavithana and Venura Edirisinghe were martyred during this struggle. As a consequence of students’ opposition the government finally was compelled to nationalize the private medical college in 1988.Meanwhile, in May 1987 the government decided to ban the May Day celebrations. At that point, there was neither a strong workers’ movement nor strong opposition to combat this repressive measures. Student movement took the initiative of challenging the government anti may day resolutions and organized a May day celebration defying state restrictions. This celebration was attacked by the state forces and Kithsiri Mevan Ranawaka of Jaywardhanapura University got killed in a police shooting. In 1987 the Indo-Lanka accord was signed. Widespread protests occurred against the Indian occupation and the student movement actively took part in these protests.By the dawn of the 1990s, 11 conveners of the IUSF were among the dead. Over 627 university students were either murdered or disappeared. It is estimated that over 5000 school students got killed. During this white terror, over 60,000 young people were reported having been killed. By 1992, the entire students movement had come to a standstill.In 2001 another attempt was made to establish private universities. Over 10 000 students came out in protests. This militant resistance compelled the ruling elite to with draw its attempt. Further attempts of privatization proposed by “regaining Sri Lanka” programme (2002-2004) and Thara – Harald report (2005) were defeated by the student movement.

    Chandana Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:09 AM

    Hope no one will object to this and investors could open up opportunity for srilankan youth to study in this uni in Sri Lanka itself via DM Android App

    shamon Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:30 AM

    Its high time Sri Lankans realize quality higher education is the only path for developing the country..... via DM Android App

    ANTON Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:01 AM

    EVERY DISTRICT MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, LIKE OXFORD, SOBONE...

    Avisenna Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:57 AM

    Brilliant. One for Hambanthota please. use the FC to improve got. sector schools via DM Android App


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