End to ragging, biggest change to varsities – S.B. Dissanayake
Higher Education Minister S.B.Dissanayake said doing away with
ragging from the university system was one of the biggest changes in the
university system to overcome bullying of newcomers to the universities.
The minister who was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of the
SAARC workshop on, “Innovations in higher education” at the Global
Towers, Colombo on Friday said until 2010, the universities were
dominated by extremist student groups over a decade and we rescued those
universities from their clutches.
At present the universities are run by the Vice Chancellors, Deans,
Heads of Departments and administrators. These changes were crucial to
take the university system in the right direction.
The Minister said to ease the hostel problem of university students,
steps had been taken to introduce 60 hostels to the university system.
Of them, construction work on 30 hostels had been completed within
nine months and the remaining 30 hostels now under construction will be
completed within the next nine months providing hostel facilities to
Leadership training for all newcomers to the university system is
being conducted in 30 defence training centres.