No demand for some degree courses

by Dasun Edirisinghe

There was currently no demand for some degree courses, according to a survey carried out by the Colombo University, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said.

He said that the study showed that employment of graduates, who followed the Arts stream remained as low as 23 per cent.

"About 95 per cent of engineering graduates are gainfully employed," Dr. Navaratne said.

Medical graduates were the second highest employable group with 90 per cent employment rate, the Higher Education Secretary said, adding that agriculture and management graduates employment was 68 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Dr. Navaratne said that lack of job opportunities for arts graduates was a very unfortunate situation to which they had to find a solution soon.

"We have to produce graduates who command a high demand in the modern job market," he said, adding that Sri Lanka had allowed foreign lecturers and students to join universities here.

Dr. Navaratne said the ministry’s focus was on attracting students and lecturers from USA, Russia and China and they expected to recruit 100,000 foreign students to Sri Lankan universities by 2020.

"We have already introduced a scholarship system for foreign students in Sri Lankan universities," he added.

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