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The university system runs short of 1200 teachers, and urgent steps are needed to fill these vacancies as soon as possible, officials said today.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne told Daily Mirror today there are roughly around 500 university academics who left the country for further studies    had not returned to the country.

Dr. Navaratne said that the Ministry had decided to give incentives for them to return to the country, as a measure for the addressing the dearth of university teachers at the moment.
“In this regard, the cabinet paper will be presented in this regard soon,” he said.

Spokesman of the Federation of University Teachers Dr. Mahim Mendis said that the universities run only with an average of 25 percent of lecturers having doctorates as their highest academic qualification.  Dr. Mendis said that none of the universities ranking globally in other countries do not recruit anyone without a doctorate.

He said that four Asian universities fall within the top 30 of the world. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 7

  • GSK Sunday, 20 November 2011 05:21 PM

    so its clearly Under performing then...

    wijendra Sunday, 20 November 2011 05:32 PM

    I returned to Sri Lanka after my PhD in Physics 1993. I had 3.9 GPA in graduate courses and 13 publications in international journals. I went back to the university where I was working as temporary lecturer before my PhD. I brought some equipment with my own expense to start a research project( complete spectrometer). But university decline to give me a position saying no vacancies there. After that I applied for all universities in SL that time except Uni. of Jaffna. None of the universities gave me a position ( not even response to my resume). After that I decided go back to US. Since then I am working here as a professor.
    My point is head of departments in SL universities are afraid to hire new PhDs.
    If there are vacancies why don't they advertise positions regularly?

    fedrick Monday, 21 November 2011 12:14 AM

    Good to hear that. But that doctorate also should from a good country not India, Thailand or Malaysia, Greece or lower level country and University. Top ranking 300 Universtiy PhDs and professors with publicatins must be rewarded. Take current Sri Lankn profs in Univertsities 98% of them do not have PhDs or any single publications in indexed journals.

    Nodrog Monday, 21 November 2011 01:59 AM

    Have these teachers gone abroad to study on Govt funds?

    Victor Monday, 21 November 2011 02:18 AM

    Where did that dual citizenship for people with advanced degrees go? There was a big haa hoo about it but nothing panned out.

    chandanafe Monday, 21 November 2011 10:25 AM

    This is because of the harrasments faced by the interlectuals from this stupid secretary & the minister.

    Maqs Monday, 21 November 2011 05:19 PM

    But do you know, it it Indians who are at top positions in most US corporations whatever said and done about their degrees!

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