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Prof. Siva Sivanathan

Prof. Siva Sivanathan

A Prominent American academic of Sri Lankan origin, Prof. Siva Sivanathan, called on Sri Lankan expatriates to be part of Sri Lanka’s growth story by contributing a portion of their earnings to the island nation’s children and youth.

“Sri Lanka can be developed if all its expatriates contribute 5 percent of what they have earned for the future of Sri Lankan children and youth,” Prof. Sivananthan told journalists in Colombo this week.

“I, being a student of Hindu College Jaffna and University of Peradeniya, wanted to give back something to Sri Lanka and thereby, was successful in introducing a diploma programme in renewable energy together with the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority. The children who study this programme are usually employed by the time they graduate,” he said.

Dr. Sivananthan called for reforms in the education sector in Sri Lanka and specifically called for a quick transfer of students from the GCE Ordinary Level examination to the Advanced Level examination. 

He also called for a quick transfer of students from schools to universities.

“Usually, a child who completes the Ordinary Level examination will have to stay at home for months till his results are released. A child has to spend more than a year after he completes his Advanced Level examination to enter a university. Sri Lanka will have to rectify this shortcoming,” he pointed out.

According to him, a key mistake Sri Lanka makes is getting children to become doctors, engineers and other professionals, while better prospects are available in fields such as renewable energy.

Further, going through an internship programme must be made mandatory for Sri Lankan children, either on a voluntary basis or for a salary, as it would help in gaining the necessary experience, he said.

Dr. Sivanathan was born in Jaffna and obtained his BSC from the University of Peradeniya. He then received his PHD in physics from UIC USA, in the 1980s. He is a proponent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and a firm believer in solar and renewable energy sources. He is the founder of InSPIRE, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to bringing solar energy to the forefront. (By Yohan Perera)


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  • Johan Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:42 AM

    Expatriates can contribute but not with present temporary government in power.It should be a democratically elected one which controls/slashes unnecessary expenditure and stops fraud and corruption

    city Saturday, 10 February 2024 10:51 AM

    please name one country without corruption.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 10 February 2024 02:52 PM

    Singapore... Finland... Norway. Now tell me one country that has thuggery, corruption and criminality at State Level like the way Sri Lanka has?

    THE TRUTH Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:01 AM

    MR. PROF, WE WELCOME, FIRST OF ALL, TAMILS PEOPLE GET THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. THEN WHATEVER YOU WANT DO IT.

    Dhivan Saturday, 10 February 2024 10:18 AM

    You are not a Sri Lankan Tamil, you are the upcountry Indian estate Tamil.

    VRAJ Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:50 PM

    I AGREE BECAUSE I HAVE LAND IN SL. I HAVE MONEY IN FOREIGN, I AM WAITING TO INVEST IN SL. BUT WHEN A SOLUTION TO THE TAMILS ISSUES .

    Dr Kasun Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:21 PM

    Can you tell what is the problem exactly the tamils are facing in SL. I am a doctor and working with many many Tamils and Muslims. But there is no oroblem as such in their minds. They get equal opportunities and treatment in SL society. I am yet to discover what this problem that outsiders talk but not the real citizens of the country

    sacre blieu Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:18 AM

    well put across, if only we have more dedicated educated people and statesmen, this country would not have gone to the dumps. Every low down practice has been encouraged and given state protection by putrefaction of politics and the followers. Now we are selling our profit generating assets, some been deliberately worked to the ground into bankruptcy and by degeneration, to cover the huge losses made by, fraud, bribery and corruption. not one fraudster nor a single robbed rupee has been recovered or, anyone taken to task

    Nimal Saturday, 10 February 2024 12:22 PM

    Lead the way. I'm sure most expatriates will come onboard once a credible program has been initiated.

    Ara Saturday, 10 February 2024 01:09 PM

    Yes, but first let's get rid of the corrupt regime

    DillonDP Saturday, 10 February 2024 03:08 PM

    why expatriates have to contribute, why can't the government allocation 23% from GDP to education

    Unfair Practice Saturday, 10 February 2024 04:36 PM

    If the Expatriates contribute to the education, government officials have more money from taxpayers to corrupt on. That’s what been happening. Using the begging bowl to get things done

    HARD TRUTH Saturday, 10 February 2024 10:16 PM

    WHO DOESN'T KNOW THE REAL PROBLEM IN SL THEY ARE COMING FROM ABROAD TO DO SOMETHING. BUT THE REALITY, SO MANY SL RUN AWAY FROM THIS COUNTRY. 3 AND 4 MILLION SRI LANKAN.

    Millioneer Sunday, 11 February 2024 01:22 AM

    First let us have two states. Then who ever likes, can contribute according to their wish to either state.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:12 AM

    This 5% will go to the black market accounts of politicians in African and unknown Eastern European countries. Some money will be spent on the politician's welfare too.

    Doctor Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:22 PM

    Thank you for your opinion, I strongly agree with Prof Siva


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