Universities short of about 2,000 undergraduates


by Dasun Edirisinghe

Universities can enrol 2,000 more students on the basis of the 2014/15 intake, but the government has chosen to leave those slots vacant, undergraduates complain.

Convener of the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Lahiru Weerasekera said that though the government had promised to increase the university intake by 10% that pledge had been reneged on.s

"We brought the vacancies in the universities to the notice of the authorities several time, but no action has been taken to fill them," Weerasekera said.

The student union is of the view that there are 289, 404, 596 and 430 vacancies in the Sabaragamuwa, Rajarata, Peradeniya and Sri Jayewardenepura Universities respectively, Weerasekera said adding that there might be vacancies at the other universities too.

"We met minister last Thursday following a protest march which ended near the Higher Education Ministry at Ward Place," IUSF leader said adding that the minister was not aware of the vacancies and promised to take action after studying the situation.

State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero said they were thankful to IUSF for submitting statistics regarding the vacancies.

He said most students changed their courses after their registration and that was the reason for the delay in filling vacancies."However, we will take necessary action to fill vacancies as the government has provided all necessary facilities."

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