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The University Grants Commission has submitted proposals to the Treasury and Presidential Secretariat on the establishment of the Virtual University of Sri Lanka.
UGC Chairman Prof Sampath Amaratunga said once approval is received, the University will function as a 100 percent distance learning university with no permanent building premises and lectures conducted online.
He said the University will offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and other courses in IT and software engineering, and all state University IT departments will be amalgamated.
Prof Amaratunga said the UGC is getting requests from the corporate sector to increase the number of IT graduates from State universities.
“For practicals and examinations, students of the Virtual University will be assigned to the nearest State university. Lecturers will vary from academics in State universities as well as experts in the private sector. The courses will be more job oriented, with training provided from the start,” he said.
At the recently held ‘Select Committee of Parliament to make suitable recommendations for the expansion of higher education opportunities in Sri Lanka’, Prof Amaratunga emphasised the need to start a separate university for Computer and Information Technology to expand higher education opportunities.
Also discussed at length were the creation of a public private partnership, and making necessary structural changes in the higher education sector.
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