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Govt to set up five technology universities this year: Minister Kiriella


The government would set up five Technology Universities this year, said Leader of the House and Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella, adding that 1,800 students are to be recruited to the five universities.

He made these observations yesterday, in response to a query made by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Parliamentarian Sisira Jayakody, during his speech joining the Second Reading debate on the Universities (Amendment) Bill.

MP Sisira Jayakody said there had been a move by the previous government to set up technology universities and this government had been silent in that regard.

During the same debate, Minister Kiriella said the SAITM campus was set up by the previous government.

“Nobody spoke against SAITM when it was set up during the previous government. They were afraid of that government,” Minister Kiriella said.

“Now they speak as we have brought about democracy. We have to provide a solution to the SAITM issue. Both sides have to work together to find a solution,” Minister Kiriella said so in response to JVP Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayathissa who said the Sri Lanka Medical Council was of the opinion that certificates issued by SAITM could not be accepted. He added that it had been set up with an agreement between SAITM and BOI. He also said the former Secretary to the Health Ministry during the period when President Maithripala Sirisena was Health Minister, Nihal Jayathilake had sent a letter to the Attorney General that SAITM was not granted any approval to commence a medical faculty.

Minister Kiriella also said that it was compulsory to solve the issue of SAITM, since already there are 10 reputed overseas universities ready to come to Sri Lanka to set up their universities. He added that they are awaiting the solution that is to be given to SAITM to make their

investment. So all of us have to bring a solution to this issue.

He said so responding to Opposition Member Bandula Gunawardena, during his speech. MP Bandula Gunawardena said the plight of middle class parents was pathetic since their children go abroad for higher studies. He added that most of those parents send their children abroad by selling their properties. But finally those children would not come back to the country. 

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