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SB announces eradication of inhuman ragging from universities

2014 Oct 13

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The head table at yesterday’s inauguration of SAARC Workshop on Innovations in Higher Education. (L-R) Prof. Ananda Jayawardena, UGC Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Director of SAARC Human Recourse Development Centre (SHRDC) Dr. Riffat Aysha Anis, Research Fellow of SHRDC Dr. Javed Hamayun, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, Director General – South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dharshana Perera, UGC Vice Chairman Prof. Ranjith Senaratne and Addition Secretary of the Higher Education Ministry P. D. Jayasinghe.  

Higher Education Minister, S. B. Dissanayake yesterday listed eradication of inhuman ragging from the university system as one of his biggest achievements.

He said that they had now been able to remove in-human bullying of fresh entrants to universities very successfully.

Minister Dissanayake was addressing the inaugural session of the SAARC workshop on ‘Innovations in Higher Education’ at the Global Towers Colombo 6. The two – day workshop is jointly organised by the SAARC Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) in Pakistan and Sri Lanka Ministry of Higher Education with the assistance of the University Grants Commission.

"The universities were dominated by extremist student groups for a decade until 2010 and we managed to rescue those universities from them," he said, adding that now universities were run by the Vice Chancellors, Deans and Head of the Departments as well as the professional administrators of the system.

Dissanayake said the leadership training for all the new comers to the university system in 30 countrywide defence institutions was one of those very innovative programmes the ministry introduced from 2011.

The fourth successive year of leadership training had just started and it was a three week residential training programme, the minister said, adding that a survey conducted by the ministry had proved that 98% students had endorsed it as a very valuable and important exercise for them to learn and improve team work, problem solving skills and leadership qualities as well as their punctuality, personal grooming, housekeeping, table manners etc.

"To improve the quality and employability of graduates we have now introduced Outcome Based Education and Student Centred Learning as a remedial solution to the same," Dissanayake said.

The minister said the government would build 60 hostels like three star hotels and 30 of them had been completed in nine months and the balance 30 would be built within the next 9 months to accommodate 24,000 students.

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