University admissions to get delayed

by Dasun Edirisinghe

A delay in appointing the new Chairman and members of the University Grants Commission following the resignation of UGC Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama two weeks ago under political pressure would affect university admissions for the next year, source said.

The UGC was scheduled to release the Student Book for the 2014 /15 academic year for students who had passed the GCE AL examination in 2014 but it would further delayed due to the dismissal of the Council, according to sources.

Usually, the draft of the Student Book has to be whetted by the Commission before being printed, sources said.

The government has not appointed a new Chairman for the UGC and commission members.

Minister of Higher Education, Investment Promotion and Highways Kabeer Hashim was not available for comment.

State Minister of Higher Education Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, too, has tendered his resignation due to such interference in Higher Education.

Secretary of the UGC, Dr. Priyantha Premakumara, contacted for comment, told The Island that the draft of the Student Book was being finalised, but they had to wait until the appointment of the new Commission to approve it.

He said so far there had been no delay in this year’s admissions being processed.


UGC head reverts to teaching

Chairperson of the University Grants Commission Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, who tendered her resignation two weeks ago, returned to the Colombo University’s Department of Plant Science in the Science Faculty.

Prof. Hirimburegama said she had come back to her previous position disregarding posts.

"We don’t need positions to work for the country," she said, adding that now she could work again with farming community to develop agrarian technology and rural science.

Prof. Hirimburegama served as the General Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and 2007, President of the Institute of Biology and Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

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