Higher Education Minister explores expanding resources for Arthur C. Clarke Institute

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Higher Education, Technology, Innovation, Information and Mass Media, made an observation visit to the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT) yesterday (28).

Observing its functions, the Minister said the institute, founded in the name of one of the best scholars in the country, Arthur C. Clarke, is one of the most important institutions in the search for new scientific knowledge.

The Minister said the objective of the observation tour was to explore the possibility of expanding the scope of higher education for future generations based on this institute.

Minister Gunawardena pointed out that this kind of institute, which conducts various research and studies on modern scientific disciplines and shares the results in Sri Lanka and other countries, can provide an unlimited knowledge to the new generation of students.

Since such institutions can be used as a basis to grant the opportunity for all students who have passed GCE A/L to earn a degree, as stated in the policy statement of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the possibility of expanding the scope of the institution by expanding its human and capital resources will be further explored, the Minister said.

Also, the President and the Minister of Finance have stated that in the next budget for higher education, technology and innovation they will allocate funds that have not been allocated by any other government.

“Accordingly, we will be able to give priority to the development of this subject in future,” the Minister added.

Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education and other high officials of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technology were also present.

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