Higher Education Ministry goes for two novel concepts
The Higher Education Ministry will introduce two novel concepts named
student-outcome based education and student-centred learning in 15
universities from this month to produce skilled graduates with
theoretical and practical knowledge to suit the present day needs.
The Ministry will conduct a dialogue among university professors and
lecturers to implement these concepts. An Inter-University Academic
Program Conversion Competition will also be conducted among university
departments and faculties to seek proposals to make this endeavour a
success, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha
Nawaratne told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
On a directive by Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake, the
three departments which present the best project proposals will be
selected from each university and each department will be given a cash
prize of one million rupees.
Five million rupees will be given to the faculty selected from each
university which presents the best proposal. In addition, the best
university selected under this program will be given Rs. 10 million, he
said. Dr. Nawaratne said the key component of the student outcome-based
education is to shift the present paradigm of input-based education to
outcome based education.
The present teacher-centered teaching system will be shifted to
student-centered learning. Guidelines have been given to each department
and faculty in universities to compile a graduate profile.
The aim of the Ministry is to produce skilled graduates with
theoretical and practical knowledge by developing their communication
skills, team work, confidence, innovativeness and decision-making. The
classroom environment in universities will be subjected to a
Each classroom in universities will be given a multimedia projector
and a laptop computer to help students do their power-point
presentations. According to the student-centered learning program,
university teachers would become studentsí mentors or guides.