Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said that it has drawn up a new salary structure for academic staff at universities which would place the upper limit salary at Rs. 200,000 and lower limit salary at Rs. 72,000 per month.
Dissanayake made this comment in Parliament yesterday (20). He made the statement in response to a question raised by DNA parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake as to the measures taken by the government to amend the salary scales of the academic staff of universities.
The Minister said the country is losing its valuable human resources to foreign countries which pay seven to eight times more that what is paid in Sri Lanka.
He said the government was facing a great difficulty in retaining academics in Sri Lanka.
The maximum salary of an academic at present is Rs. 59,755 while that of a probationary lecturer is Rs. 20,750.