Knowledge hub through education
Sri Lanka's quest to forge ahead as a knowledge hub would only be
fulfilled through education which is holistic in nature, President
Mahinda Rajapaksa said, addressing a function at the Sabaragamuwa
He said that his government is committed and is working to provide
all facilities necessary to achieve this objective. While stating that
the path to a new Sri Lanka lay in the development of both urban and
rural areas equally, he noted that in education too the government was
determined to provide equal facilities and opportunities for all areas.
In the University sector too the government is taking steps to
provide all facilities and resources needed, he added. The President was
at the University to open a new building complex for the Faculty of
Applied Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages.
“With the eradication of terrorism and the dawn of peace, we have the
opportunity, after almost a quarter of a century to put the country in
the path of rapid economic and social development.
Intellectuals to supplement this progress should come from the
Universities” he said.
The President on the occasion also appreciated the use of all three
languages in the University's curriculum and added that a population
conversant in all three languages was an investment for the future in
achieving the government's stated objective of building a new Sri Lanka.
The new building complex at the Sabaragamuwa University has been
constructed at a cost of Rs. 665 million. During his speech the
President also mentioned that the government has spent around Rs.1,300
million to upgrade infrastructure at the University during the last five
The President also pledged to provide a fully-equipped sports complex
and palyground to the university. Sabaragamuwa University Chancellor
Venerable Kumburugamuwe Vajira Thera and Higher Education Minister S. B.
Dissanayake also spoke. Higher Education Deputy Minister Nandimithra
Ekanayake, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Jayantha Navaratne,
Ministers John Seneviratne and Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sabaragamuwa
Province Governor W. J. M. Lokubandara, Chief Minister Maheepala Herath,
Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Gamini Samaranayake
and Vice Chancellor Professor Mahinda Rupasinghe also participated.