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Private Universities in Lanka by next year

Jul 12, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Fee levying Universities in Sri Lanka is on the cards with a 20 percent share from the total intake being allocated as Scholarships for needy local students, Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said. The Minister Sunday hinted that introduction of such a market-oriented mechanism to the existing University education system may come into effect by no later than next year. He said Sri Lanka would open its doors to fee levying globally established International Universities. Minister Dissanayake made the observation addressing Peradeniya University graduates at their 2009 external degree convocation at the BMICH Sunday. The Minister said students from Asian nations may come to Peradeniya under this scheme next year. In Sri Lanka the majority of those who qualify for University entrance are unable to get places on campus due to the lack of space and facilities. The Minister pointed out that although 130,000 students were eligible to enter Universities this year, the institutions had only capacity to take in 20,000. Dissanayake said the Government intends to change the trend and allow greater access for students to engage in higher education by enhancing related logistical facilities. While expanding the intake, authorities would also focus in enhancing quality standards with students being given exposure to best existing practices in the global sphere, he added. He was of the opinion that private investments in University education could produce greater benefits including enhanced access to higher education and greater competition.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/07/13/news02.asp