(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Select Committee of Parliament to make suitable recommendations for the expansion of higher education opportunities in Sri Lanka was of the view that when granting UGC approval for affiliated universities and courses, strict measures should be taken to ensure that it is not misused for various marketing purposes and is given only to the awarding university.
This was discussed at the Select Committee of Parliament to make suitable recommendations for the expansion of higher education opportunities in Sri Lanka which met recently (12) in Parliament, Chaired by Minister Hon. (Dr.) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC.
The Select Committee met with professionals and associations in order to discuss the way forward for the expansion of the higher education sector to which Dr. Mohan Lal Grero, Ex- Memebr of Parliament, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, Ceylon- German Technical Training Institute, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Mr. G. T. Bandara, Chairman of Royal Institute, Mr. M.M.M. Mustapha, Ex-Member of Parliament were in participation.
Furthermore, representatives of the SLIATE/ATI student Union were also called before the Committee to express their views.
The Committee also was of the view that a proper mechanism should be in place to make use of the time gap between receiving Advance Level Results and entering University for students to engage in. Moreover, regulating various degree awarding bodies to ensure quality of higher education was also looked into at the Committee meeting held.
Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Sajith Premadasa, State Minister Hon. (Dr.) (Ms.) Seetha Arambepola, Members of Parliament Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, Hon. (Prof.) Charitha Herath, Hon. A. Aravindh Kumar, Hon. Dr. (Ms) Harini Amarasuriya were present at the Committee meeting held.