President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to takeover both Buddhist & Pali University and Bhiksu University and keep them both under Education Ministry portfolio. At the request of Maha Sangha, President decided to bring Sri Lanka Buddhist and Pali University and Buddhashravaka Bhiksu University under the purview of the Ministry of Education.

President also paid attention to the possibility of placing these two Universities under the University Grants Commission. President instructed the officials to conduct monitoring their activities in a proper manner under the supervision of the State Minister while safeguarding their identities.

This decision was taken by the President during the 05th meeting of the Buddhist Advisory Council held at the Presidential Secretariat August 21.

President said he will present the steps taken by the Government and their progress pertaining to the proposals and advice given by Maha Sangha at 04 previous meetings at the next session.

Also President has instructed officials to consider to acquire both under University Grant Commission UGC supervision.

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took these decisions while having a meeting with chief monks. President decided to put both Buddhist and Pali University and Bhiksu University under Education Ministry.

Government decided to take over Buddhist & Pali University and Bhiksu University under Education Ministry portfolio.

Buddhist Pali University and Bhiksu University under Education Ministry Sri Lanka
Buddhist Pali University and Bhiksu University under Education Ministry Sri Lanka

Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka is situated in a location which surrounds Sri Maha Bodhi Tree, Swarnamali Stupa in Eight Sacred Places (Atamastana) and ancient Mihintale that was established with the Buddhist culture by Ven. Arahant Maha Mahinda Thero who introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

Having started by the name Buddhasravaka Dharma Peethaya in the year 1969, this great educational institution was renamed as Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University in the year 1996 and Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka in the year 2012 but the objective of the first University Act remains unchanged. The administrative structure of the University consists of the Supreme Council, the Council and the Senate and the Faculty Boards for administering academic matters.

The Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, established in terms of the Act of Parliament No.74 of 1981 of the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka was ceremonially opened on the 22nd day of April 1982.

Development of Pali and Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka and foreign countries – 1995
The objectives of this university were the propagation of Buddhism, the development of Pali and Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka and foreign countries and the provision of facilities for research in the relevant fields. The above-mentioned Act has been revised by the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka (Amendment) Act No. 37 of 1995. With the activation of the amendments, the affiliated institutions became defunct.

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