President Rajapaksa has said that the Government will not interfere in the free education system. The era in which lecturers were attacked for nailing students has drawn to an end.
The President pointed out that it was the obligation of the students to shoulder the task of building the “Miraculous Nation” pursuing highest studies since measures had been taken to provide maximum facilities to Universities.
He said his main intention was to see University students becoming internationally qualified intellectuals rather than becoming mere indigenous scholars. The University Network should be made research centres of Sri Lanka’s future development, to accelerate the rebuilding of the country. The Government has paved the way for the intellectuals ti thrive forward with their aspirations
The President was speaking at a function held at the Sri Jayawardenepura University yesterday. This is the first time that a Head of State had paid a visit to a University in Sri Lanka’s history after 1958. Students displayed a keen enthusiasm with the arrival of the President. He received a very warm welcome. A notable features was the action initiated by the students to greet this State Leader. The President arrived at the Sri Jayawardenepura University to declare open the swimming pool of the University, considered to be the largest built in the country. It was constructed by the D.A. Rajapaksa Educational Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the “Tharunnayata Hetak” Organisation. The Swimming Pool was built at a cost of 80 million rupees under the supervision of Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa and Lakshman Wasantha Perera. After the opening of the Pool equipped with all modern facilities, the President pointed out that the students should be determined to bring international victories to the motherland capitalizing to the maximum these facilities.
Minister S.B. Dissanayake also expressed this view at this function which was attended by Many Parliamentarians and Scholars.