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President directs UGC to upgrade university mechanism

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to streamline and upgrade the nation's University mechanism qualitatively, so as to reflect the country's professional needs.

President Rajapaksa gave these directives when he met a group of UGC representatives, at a meeting at Temple Trees last Friday.

"The main university degree programmes should be planned, prepared and programmed following a systematic research and careful study of the country's requirements and its job-market in mind", the President said.

The incorporation of more job-oriented courses, the introduction of 'Nursing and Health-Care', Information Technology (IT) based degrees, international-level sports activities, into the main university curriculae and other administrative matters, had come up for discussion at the meeting.

Pointing out the paramount importance of managing the massive investment allocated for the uplift of the country's established universities, from the annual Budget profitably, President Rajapaksa also underlined the necessity of a stream-lined and exam-based enrolement procedure for the universities.

He said that the universities in the North and East which are encompassed within a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural environment, should be developed and its student intake too enhanced, based on the concept of 'unity in diversity', within them.

The UGC had pointed out here that there were around 600 resident students in the Jaffna Campus, a marked increase this year.

They had also pointed out that there had been a noteworthy improvement in the quality of education and the environment in the Eastern University.

The UGC had further informed the President that they would establish better links with the universities of the SAARC nations in the future, to enhance and upgrade the quality of education in our universities. The Higher Education Minister Prof. Vishva Warnapala, UGC Chairman Gamini Samaranayake and other representatives of the UGC participated at the meeting.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
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