June 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has given the nod to proceed with a set of proposals presented by the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bandula Gunawardena for the expansion of the national university system.
Minister Gunawardena at the cabinet media briefing yesterday revealed that the national university system, particularly the technical universities, will be expanded by the increased loan amount provided by the Asian Development Bank’s Science Technology and Human Resources Project.
Under this Government, it is planned to increase the number of students admitted to Universities from 30,000 to 60000 and to establish one National University in each District.
The government expects to build 10 universities by increasing the current Rs.165 million loan amount of Asian Development Bank by Rs. $ 50 million. Accordingly, New National Universities will be built in Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Hambanthota, Mathura and Galle Districts this year.
According to the Minister Gunawardena’s proposals, the University of Sri Jayewardenepura will be developed as an international Research University.
It is expected to establish an Allergy, Immune and Surgical Biology Unit and a modern investigation unit for non-communicable diseases and allergies. Under the program, Rs. 400 million will be allocated for the purchase of respective equipment.
The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is already in the process of exchanging students and professors with USA, UK and Sweden. Research programs with foreign experts and scholars will be expanded in the future, the Minister said.