Minister S.B. Dissanayake has stressed that the era in which a bleak future was offered for the university students’ on the requirements of political parties will come to an end.
Addressing a workshop with the participation of intellectuals on the future path of universities, the Minister said the students should leave Universities as proud citizens without burdening their parents, family, village or the country.
He is aware that certain elements in the Universities prevent the students from visiting the library, speaking in English or providing answers in printed forms or CDs.
By doing this they are distancing the students from the teachers and the libraries. He pointed out that these elements are attempting to create a different environment. Ragging still prevails in the universities and it has to be stopped.
He said that the students who leave the university should not have to suffer by being engaged in picketing. Necessary changes will be introduced to the courses of study. He stressed that within this greater change that will take place, universities should remain centres of education.