Lanka will set up 300 university colleges where students who cannot enter state
universities can join and earn a higher national diploma, Higher Education
Minister Bandula Gunewardene said.
year 181,000 students has passed the Advanced level examination earning entry
qualifications for universities.
there are only about 30,000 seats in tax-payer funded universities, leaving
about 150,000 high and dry, he said.
Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has promised higher education opportunities
for all students who meet entry requirements before his term ends, and the
first phase is starting now.
to existing universities will be raised by 25 percent for the next academic
university colleges will be set up using existing facilities and vocational
colleges and similar state agencies which are underutilized or unutilized
instead of spending money on new buildings, he said.
the end of 2020, at least 100 such colleges will be set up, which will give two
year diplomas. Many of Sri Lanka’s vocational colleges had space and facilities
which were unused or underutilized, Minister Gunewardene said. The university
colleges will focus on information technology, software engineering and
English. These students will have an qualifications which can used
internationally Minister Gunawardene said.
the better private degree awarding colleges will also be given ‘Chartered’
status by the government, which will be monitored on an ongoing basis, he said.
Sri Lanka Government plans to set up a Trilingual school in each district, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa announced in Kandy. This will fulfill the dire need for learning languages, he pointed out.
The Prime Minister was
addressing a gathering to mark the opening of the Sri Palipana Chandrananda
Bauddha Balika Vidyalaya in Katugastota, Kandy. The Premier also pointed out
that with the spread of trilingual schools, problems over language usage will
He said that an
education system which developed knowledge and values should be implemented to
create a disciplined society. A majority of children passing out of schools
today were rich in knowledge but lacking in moral values. This did not bring
any benefits to society.
Premier Rajapaksa noted
that in the ancient past, education in this country was linked to the village
temple. This system changed with the advent of the colonial rule. Subsequently,
education was distanced from the temple.
The Prime Minister said
that today two 40-minute periods were allocated weekly for religious education
in schools. More time should be devoted to teach religious norms and values to
students in schools in order to create a just society. The creation of schools
like the Sri Palipana Chandananda Balika Vidyalaya would help to rescue
children from the present system of educating children for the sole purpose of
The Prime Minister said
that the care shown by parents for children during their primary schooling
waned when they reached higher classes. This sometimes led some children astray
when they came of age. Therefore, parents should take more interest and care in
their children throughout their school career in order to ensure that they
acquire both knowledge as well as social values.
Sri Lanka government planning to admit additional students intake for 2019/2020 new academic year. The university intake of students from the 2019 G.C.E Advanced Level examination will be increased by 25 percent for which discussions with universities and other stakeholders are on, Sri Lanka Information and Communications Technology, Higher Education, and Technology Innovation Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardena said.
Speaking to media, he said “We have 281,786 who have sat for the
Advanced Level examinations out of which 181,126 have qualified to enter
universities, however only 30,000 students are enrolled which leaves nearly 150,000
students stranded with no future prospect for employment or higher education,”
“Every consecutive government has tried to increase this intake but had
not been successful. According to the election pledge and manifesto of
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, there is a legible and pragmatic roadmap on
achieving this. Our initiatives will see an increase in 25 percent in the
intake starting this year.”
Referring to the bleak future of students who do not have access to
universities, the minister described them as becoming both a burden to their
families and the country. He noted that this culture of taking on ad-hoc odd
jobs to supplement their livelihoods should be stopped and that the younger
generation should be better guided.
In addition to the intake, degree awarding institutions such as NSBM,
SLIIT, SLETC and SLT Institutes will be uplifted and absorbed by the
government. Meanwhile private education institution industry would be further
regulated. Further more 300 university colleges will be set up in an effort to
avoid students from idling after sitting for the Advanced Level examination.
“Every pradeshiya sabha will have University Colleges within its purview
that will cater to students from those respective areas. At the university
college, students will be able to complete a two year higher national diploma
and continue with their degrees thereafter. This will reduce the waiting time
that students now spend, with some waiting a year for university entrance to
He added that the ministry had identified several state owned
educational institutions replete with facilities which are however not
performing at its full capacity. “I visited an institute in Ratmalana and was
surprised to find that in some courses there were only a handful of students.
These are places that can be upgraded and absorb more students.”
He further said that due to the drop out after Advanced Level examinations, many parents go out on a limb to send their children abroad for higher studies. “We have also come across a paradox where students who are graduating cannot find gainful employment due to their unsuitable for the local industries while the industry is facing a dearth of skilled individuals,” he said. “We have already held consultations and discussions with universities to increase the intake by 25 percent this year.”
2019 /2020 university admission process has started. UGC hope to release campus handbook and z score cut off marks soon.
Update – 2021 Rankings out now. Sri Lankan state & Private Universities, Campuses and Higher Education Institutes World Rankings 2019 / 2020 new edition has been released by Webometrics.
According to the 2019/ 2020 edition, Peradeniya University has become
Sri Lanka’s best university beating Colombo University. Both Colombo &
Moratuwa universities dominated the tables many years and this is the second
time that Peradeniya campus topped the rank.
Colombo Campus secured No: 2 place while Moratuwa University listed as 3rd
place. Ruhuna dropped to number 4 & Sri Jayewardene University (Japura
Campus) dropped to No: 6th place while Kelaniya University jumped to 5th Place.
Jaffna University has ranked as 7th Place.
When compared to world ranking, we are still far away (1981) but improved than last year.
Sri Lanka University Rankings 2019 / 2020 edition released
Sri Lanka government has allowed foreign university students to apply for state universities. Travel and tourism sector is developing in Sri Lanka. Recently Sri Lanka has won many awards and achievements in year 2020 and 2019.
The Times, British daily national newspaper based in London
selected Sri Lanka as the best holiday destinations for 2020.
The Sunday Times Travel team selects the must-see spots for 2020
and release the 20 best holiday destinations for 2020.
Sri Lanka: the comeback kid with the big heart.
Old favourites and new hotspots are luring visitors back to this big-hearted country. As the country seeks to put the Easter Sunday bombings behind it, old favourites and new hotspots are luring visitors back.
We tipped Sri Lanka in 2018, and we have such faith in the
island, we’re tipping it again. Since the devastating Easter Sunday bombings
earlier this year, there’s been an outpouring of warmth towards the country. It
had been on a high — welcoming more and more visitors — and it is, happily,
well on the road to recovery, with operators seeing rises in bookings even on
pre-attack numbers. I’ve been drawn back by the beauty of the place, the
kindness of the people and those fragrant curries that you’ll even crave for
If you’re anything like us, then the toasts, turkey and tantrums of the festive period will have been punctuated by lively discussions about travel plans for the year ahead. Far-flung or flight-free? City or coast? Culture or mindless loafing? To help you reach a decision, our experts have picked out a nice round 20 destinations they think are worthy of your consideration in 2020. There are comeback kids (Sri Lanka); emerging regions (the Caucasus); old favourites (Guernsey); progressive cities (Taipei); secretive kingdoms (Saudi Arabia); and at least three capitals of culture. Enjoy!
Prof. Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of University Grant Commission UGC Sri Lanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today. He was the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He was elected as a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities United Kingdom as a member representing the constituency II.
Professor Amaratunge, BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, MA in Economics from the University of Colombo, MSc. in Economics of Rural Development from Saga National University and Ph.D. from Kogoshima National University in Japan, counts over 27 years’ service in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. An authority in Rural Economic Development, Professor Amaratunge has won several awards including the prestigious Research Excellence Award (2002) of the Kyushu Society of Rural Economics, Japan. He has over 75 refereed publications to his credit, both locally and internationally.
Prof. Sampath Amaratunge has held a variety of leadership positions, He
was the 25th Vice Chancellor appointed for the University of Sri
Jayewardenepura without considering those appointed as Acting Vice Chancellors
of the said university in the last 60 years. His two terms of
Vice-Chancellorship has resulted in noteworthy changes for the University of
Sri Jayewardenepura. USJP has expanded with three new faculties under his
leadership: Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Allied
Good News for 2020 new year. The South Asian island nation Sri Lanka includes CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020 year. Several world famous other travel magazines and websites have already included Sri Lanka for the best 20 list.
2019 was an amazing year for Sri Lankan tourism as Sri Lanka achieved many achievements, awards and milestones. Despite 2019’s Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka’s tourism is bouncing back faster than expected, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism official figures.
CNN Travel’s 20 places to visit in 2020
The South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka is as ancient as it is beautiful; as complex a civilization now as at any time in its 2,000-year history. Despite recent tumult (the horrific terror attacks last Easter), Sri Lanka remains an essential destination, an epicenter of history, with relics and ruins, temples and palaces, wildlife running free.
Sitting in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern tip of
India, travelers may default to thinking of Sri Lanka as a beach getaway. But
to truly immerse yourself in the country’s history, go inland and tour the
country’s cultural triangle.
Start in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the
country’s capital in the 12th century. This UNESCO Heritage site is comprised
of the ruins of Buddhist temples and dagobas (dome-shaped shrines) and is
frequented by Buddhist monks in orange robes.
A little over an hour to the west by car is the rock
fortress, Sigiriya. Sometimes referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the
World,” this ancient volcanic formation that soars over 200 meters (656
feet) high was developed into a palace fortress in the latter half of the 5th
century. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is one of the
most-visited landmarks in Sri Lanka.
The Kandy Esala Perahera (June 26-July 16) is an annual festival honoring the Sacred Tooth Relic, believed to be the Buddha’s actual tooth. Also not to be missed: “The Gathering,” where herds of wild elephants migrate to the shores of an ancient reservoir in north-central Sri Lanka’s Minneriya National Park (July through early November). CNN
Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2020
💠 Sri Lanka listed as the best country to travel to in 2020, The Times UK
💠 Sri Lanka listed in 20 best country to travel to in 2020, travel publication Conde Nast Traveler.
💠 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers in 2020.
💠 Sri Lanka listed in CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020
Travel and tourism sector is developing in Sri Lanka. Recently Sri Lanka has won many awards and achievements in year 2020 and 2019.
UPDATE – Much awaited, A/L Zscore cut-off marks will be released on Monday October 26. A total of 41,500 candidates will be allowed to enter state universities, Sampath Amaratunga, the chair of the University Grants Commission told to NewsFirst. The university intake for degrees such as medicine and engineering has been increased this year, Amaratunga further said. Releasing Z Score cutoff marks delayed due to a lawsuit / case filed and due to coronavirus outbreak and limited staff at UGC. Z-score cutoff marks will be released to UGC official website www.ugc.ac.lk .
Releasing Z Score cutoff marks again delay. According to UGC sources, releasing Zscore cutoff marks delay due to a lawsuit. UGC is now consulting with Attorney General AG department’s advice over this matter. UGC earlier said they will release Cutoff marks October 1st week or before 2nd week.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE GCE (A/L) EXAMINATION 2019
In a case pending before the Supreme Court in relation to allocation of places for courses of study between the students who applied for University admission under New and Old Syllabi based on the results of the GCE (A/L) Examination held in 2019, a motion was filed by the Hon. Attorney General informing the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in principle to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately due to lack of time, the matter was not listed this week. Therefore Hon. Attorney General took further steps to file another motion seeking to list the matter on 20.10.2020.
The cut off marks will be released thereafter.
The Chairman – University Grants Commission
“Lanka Education” managed to contact University Grants Commission (UGC) officials. According to UGC sources, much awaited 2019 ZScores cutoff marks will be released to the internet before commence 2020 A/L examination. UGC sources further told “Lanka Education” that the 2019 A/L exam based ZScore Cutoff marks will be release before October 2nd week. Sources further say they will try their best to release cut-off marks during October first week.
“Zscore cutoff marks preparation at its last stage, UGC is hoping to release the cut-off marks October first week”
University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk
Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. According to the University Grants Commission UGC sources releasing Zscore cutoff marks and starting university entrance for new academic year will be delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. UGC sources say the delay is due month-long public service shutdown following curfew and less staff reporting to work as a safety measures. UGC has not yet announced the exact date of releasing Z-score. We “Lanka Education” will update the cut-off marks release dates in coming days once contacted the UGC officials.
Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC planned to release cut-off marks on 2020 June or July months and speed the university admission process. Release was delay due to sudden coronavirus outbreak, curfew, and safety regulations. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.
Below listed Zscore Cutoff marks released dates during last 10 years. Only 2011 A/L exam’s Zscore releasing dragged to December month. In other years, it was released September month.
When 2019 / 2020 Z Score Cut-off marks release to UGC Website?
Cut Off Marks Released
May 27, 2011
December 28, 2012
November 9, 2013
September 6, 2014
October 6, 2015
September 20, 2016
June 6, 2017
July 26, 2018
July 26, 2019
October 26, 2020*
Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.
Academic activities of Medical & Engineering
faculties will start before 2020 November end. According to the reliable
sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2020
December to February 2021 period.
University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk
Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of
study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of
course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed
through the following modes after release;
4. Call UGC – 0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854
Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak