New Bill to regularise institutions
Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake
Why did the government decide to withhold the private
The government did not want to present a new private
university bill. In fact, the Private University Act was
passed way back in 1987 during J.R. Jayawardene regime.
Fifty nine (59) institutions of Higher Education were set up
under the Act.
Some of them offered
three-month diploma courses, six month higher diploma
courses, one year degree and two year postgraduate degree
courses. The University Grants Commission and the Ministry
of Higher Education have no authority over these
institutions. Therefore, we have decided to introduce a new
Bill to enable the State to regularise and manage these
Projects to benefit writers, poets and artistes
Culture and Arts Ministry Secretary Wimal Rubasingha
What are your development plans for 2012?
We have implemented a number of cultural programs last year
for artistes. We have our programs for 2012.
The Budget proposed to
develop traditional craft villages in Matara, Matale and
Kandy. We have already commenced preliminary work to develop
the Beliatta, Agulmaduwa and Pilimatalawa industrial
villages. Programs and projects will be implemented to
benefit writers, poets and artistes islandwide.
They will be given the
opportunity to showcase their ability in variuos fora so
that their earning capacity will increase. Loans and other
schemes of funding will be made available to them.
They will be given insurance
policies and their work will be upgraded from time to time.
University student unrest due to wrong policies
Janatha Vimukthi Peramune Colombo District
parliamentarian Sunil Hadunnetthi.
There are allegations that extremist university groups were
backed by foreign elements to create chaos in the
universities. Your comments
Whenever governments, under the influence of capitalist
foreign funding agencies attempt to do away with free
education. University students thwart these attempts. It
looks like private education is being promoted. Higher
Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake wants to legalise the
framework for the Malabe Private Medical College but does
not show the same interest to develop State Universities.
The JVP believes that the present university students unrest
is due to wrong policies adopted by the Higher Education