Feb 09, Colombo: A leading group of businessmen says education and infrastructure should be strengthened to build the economy of the country. They say focusing attention on education in this year's budget is a positive sign for the future.
Expressing his views, Sri Lanka's prominent businessman Dammika Perera said 360,000 children are born and the government's policy should be to get at least 50 percent of those children in to the universities.
He said the poverty should not be an obstacle to learning and the objective should be to send a 180,000 students to universities.
"This country cannot be developed without doubling the capability of children," he said.
Mr. Dhammika Perera said the university system should be developed expeditiously to enroll at least 120,000 students.