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Plans to offer multiple degrees through state universities: Suren Raghavan

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Colombo, Feb. 14 (Daily Mirror)- Discussions are underway to provide multiple degrees through state universities based on the observation of experts with international experience in education, State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan said today.
 
He told a media briefing held at the Presidential Media Center today (14) under the theme “Collective Path to a Stable Country”, that regulation of the private higher education sector is deemed necessary.
 
"However, it is important to clarify that there are no intentions to commercialize education," he added.
 
The Minister said steps have been initiated to establish three international universities within Sri Lanka and outlined that two of these universities are currently in the establishment phase, with the third scheduled to commence operations by May this year. 
 
"The Indian Institute of Technology is to be opened in Kandy, while the other two universities will have branches affiliated with the United States and the United Kingdom, with anticipated memorandum of understanding signings. Additionally, discussions are underway to establish the new Higher Education Development Commission, integrating findings from the Wijedasa Rajapaksha Committee and the Committee Report of the University Grants Commission. Former Chief Justice K. Sri Pawan has been appointed to chair this committee, with a focus on deliberating the relevant legal framework and presenting the draft to Parliament," he said.
 
"Discussions have started to provide multiple degrees in the state universities. The Australian Higher Education Minister has been invited to Sri Lanka through the Australian Embassy. With him, the chancellors of Melbourne, Sydney University and 10 other universities will come to Sri Lanka. They are expected to discuss the next steps to be taken after observing our educational situation," he added.

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  • Lanka Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:18 PM

    First of all consider and reevaluate the value and the quality of our Arts degrees ..more than 70℅of our graduates go to Arts and Humanities these days ..what economic benefits or education values they bring to this country. Some of them become teachers to spoil the eduction of our children..we lack creative and innovative teaching and learning.. If we can produce innovative and creative teachers in any subject even in Buddhism we will have demand locally and internationally but see the quality of our graduate teachers . Some thing went wrong in our approach to eduction.. Produce some good teachers across the country in all fields then you will see the eduction revolution in next 10 year in SL.. Good teachers produce good next generation of creative and innovative minds .

    Dee Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:40 PM

    Will Marxist backed strikes and protests be part of the curriculum? Put a price tag to it please- keep off the nonentities

    Hesh Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:44 PM

    Hope these are established before the next elections.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:03 PM

    Our politicians need it very badly.

    warren Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:04 PM

    Education is the key to a country's prosperity and well-being. These are very commendable steps taken by the ministry handling the subject of education at the behest of His Excellency, the president, Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe. We must integrate with the rest of the world and quality education provides the key. No politician in Sri Lanka has the vision and drive other than Mr Wickremasinghe. Obviously, there will be negative comments for this endeavour, naturally, from the cynical and negative thinking NPP guys!

    Fred Thursday, 15 February 2024 03:01 AM

    We had a fine university many years ago, great teachers ,beautiful campus teaching was in English would have been the envy of Asia ,what happened political interference in the education system.That has been the case not just in education in everything.How to stop that is the question.Students are motivated there is talent they just require the opportunity.And there should be a way of integrating as many as possible into the system by upgrading facilities in schools everywhere not just in the main cities, establishing more technical colleges providing another pathway to higher education similar to Australia New Zealand Hopefully there will be opportunities for some to stay on in SL and establish a Sri Lankan brand and not be just a breeding ground for universities abroad

    city Thursday, 15 February 2024 05:09 AM

    before doing anything, please stop free education for students after A/L's and a compulsory period to complete their higher levels.get the students to sign a contract with the UGC.


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