University education will be revived - Minister
‘President dedicated to launch overall development
The government is doing its best to revive the country's university
system which had been deteriorating, at a time when Sri Lanka has
launched a massive development programme. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is
dedicated to launch overall development and today the whole nation is
enjoying its dividends irrespective of discrimination, said Higher
Education Minister S B Dissanayake.
The 2nd Convocation of the Uva-Wellassa University was held
recently. Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake was the
chief guest. Here, S L Rizwan from Addalachchenai who
graduated in B.Tech in Science and Technology (Specialized
in Food Engineering and Bioprocess technology) being awarded
the certificate by Chancellor Ven Dr Aluthwewa Soratha
Nayaka thera. Vice Chancellor Prof Ranjith Premalal de Silva
looks on. Picture By Haliela TKN corresspondent.
He said so addressing the graduates, undergraduates and the
university staff of the Uva-Wellassa University at its second
convocation. One hundred and seventy one students were awarded degrees.
The minister said there was opposition against the establishment of
private universities and higher education institutes in the country. A
small group is responsible for these baseless schemes to gain political
ends, he said.
“They should realize that the establishment of international
university branches would enhance the higher education opportunities for
our children. Those who fail to enter state universities would get
admission to them.
“There would be scholarships for our students at these foreign
universities and their activities would be closely monitored and
regulated by the government,” the Higher Education Minister stressed.
He said university students are expected to work hard for the
development of the country at professional level. “The 30 years of
terrorism is over. Now the development era has emerged and we shall be
in the forefront of gaining new dimensions in science, information
technology, computer education, languages, management administration
“We are now introducing reforms to our universities to face this
challenge. Thus, you are obliged to use your leadership skills and
innovative capacities for the country's development,” Minister
The Uva-Wellassa University was established as a national university
in 2005. It was designed to provide essential skills while upgrading
conceptual and methodological background and training required to obtain
practical solutions for value addition in the local agricultural and
mineral resources of the country.
The 171 graduates who passed out were attached to the Faculties of
Animal and Export Agriculture, Management, and Science and Technology.
Five students of the batch who had excelled in their degree
programmes were awarded felicitations by the minister.
Chancellor Ven Dr Aluthwewa Soratha thera and Vice Chancellor Prof
Ranjith Premalal de Silva also participated.