University intake to be increased by 20,000- UGC Chairman | Daily News


 

University intake to be increased by 20,000- UGC Chairman

The University intake from the students who sat for their GCE Advanced Level examination in 2019 will be increased by a further 20,000 for the 2020 intake, University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Sampath Amaratunga told the Daily News yesterday.

He said that the increased numbers will be accommodated through 10,000 through the conventional university system and a further 10,000 through the Open University system.

The UGC Chief was responding to a question based on a Daily News Page One Lead story which quoted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as having said that he wants an additional intake of 12,000 students for the State universities and how such a large number of students could be accommodated in such a short time. He said he was in consultation with all the Vice Chancellors of all the Universities and expressed confidence that the numbers could be increased by 20,000. Responding to another question as to how such large numbers could be accommodated with the concept of Social Distancing in the light of COVID-19, he said that the University authorities were also discussing new hostels outside the university system. “The construction of new buildings for lectures and accommodation within such a short time will be an impossibility,” he said. Explaining the statistics, Prof. Amaratunga said that there was a total number of 300,000 who sat the A Levels in 2019 out of which 180,000 passed a minimum of three subjects with three simple (Ordinary) passes. But only 30,000 students gained admission to the State universities.

“There were another 80,000 students or so who gained admissions to the Degree awarding institutions which were not under the aegis of the UGC such as the NIBM, Buddhist and Pali University, Sagara University et al and other institutions which are private external degree awarding institutions. In addition, there are those from rich families who go overseas as well,” he added.

 


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