Deputy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage is confident that thousands of jobs could be generated with the mega development projects launched by the Government reaching the final stage. Joining in the Thulawa Programme telecast live over ITN yesterday, he referred to Government’s desire to provide these jobs in the foreseeable future.
The Deputy Minister said that only 20,000 were able to enter Universities at present. It amounts to only seven percent. The maximum that could gain admission for Technical and Vocational education is only 15 percent. As such, there is a programme only for 25 percent. There had been no programmes launched for the balance 75 percent. The President’s intention is to increase the intake to Universities to 30 percent. A programme will be crafted to prevent youth going on the wrong track. This progamme will be included in the budget.
The Deputy Minister said they were formulating a programme for the youth irrespective of political affiliation. He referred to their plans to direct more attention to tourism in the future. The number of tourist arrivals expected in 2016 is 2.5 million. He pointed out that a large number of jobs will be generated with the arrival of more investors in the country, with its total liberation from terrorists.