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All universities closed in Sri Lanka due to Coronavirus precautionary measure

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All universities closed in Sri Lanka due to Coronavirus fear
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All universities closed in Sri Lanka due to Coronavirus fear. According to UGC Chairman Prof. Sampath Amaratunge all universities in Sri Lanka will be closed for 2 weeks from tomorrow March 14 as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus. Earlier all schools including international and private closed till April 20.

CoronaVirus Stats Data & Info

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

All schools closed in Sri Lanka due to Coronavirus

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2020 A/L Examination not postponed
2020 A/L Examination not postponed

Sri Lanka education ministry decided to close all government schools from March 13th to April 20th. The first term ends from tomorrow and holidays of all schools will last till April 20th, stated Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma. All universities are closed too.

The decision to move the term holiday forward has been taken as a measure to prevent parents of students from panicking over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), stated the Minister at a press conference currently underway.

Accordingly, all schools on the island will be closed off until the 20th of April. The decision was taken following a discussion held at the Ministry of Education earlier.

CoronaVirus Stats Data & Info

Coronavirus outbreak labelled as pandemic by World Health Organization WHO. WHO named it as "Covid-19".

😷 29 suspected (21 locals and 8 foreigners) (Pending results)

😷 1st Sri Lankan (Tourist Guide) tested positive for Covid-19, a tour guide (52 years old), currently at IDH Colombo

😷 1000 passengers arrived from South Korea, Italy and Iran now at Quarantine centers.

😷 On Arrival visa suspended

😷 Two persons have been admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital on the suspicion of having contracted the novel coronavirus

😷 Police to take legal action against false rumors on coronavirus

😷 Son of coronavirus patient has not contracted the virus – Dr Jasinghe

😷 All schools closed till April 20th

😷 All educational tours to be cancelled temporarily.

😷 Hartal in Batticaloa objecting quarantine facility at Batticaloa campus

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Sri Lanka Unemployed Graduate recruitment program suspended

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Sri Lanka 50000 unemployed graduates program suspend
Sri Lanka Appointments letters to 50000 unemployed graduates to give from March 1

Election Commission of Sri Lanka has intervened to suspend a program to provide state sector jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders pending the announcement of the results of the general election called for 25 April.

Sri Lanka government has already recruited about 45,000 unemployed graduates and sent appointment letters requesting them to report to the training program from 1 March.

The mass recruitment programme was promised during November’s presidential election campaign by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa but has now been halted because the appointment letters are being delivered during a time when a parliamentary election has been called.

Several complaints had been received, saying recruiting graduates during election time is illegal and would involve promoting political agendas of several political parties.

After considering those complaints, Sri Lanka Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya ordered the local government ministry secretary to suspend the training programme for newly recruited graduates until a week after the election results are published. The local government ministry secretary says the suspension is only a temporary one and they hope to start the training programme on 4 May or 11 May.

But qualified candidates are not happy with the Election Commission’s decision. “I got my appointment letter and went to the DS [Divisional Secretariat] office as requested, then only I knew that the EC [Election Commission] has ordered to suspend it. We were waiting from last year December and now it is dragging again,” an unemployed graduate told University World News.

Last November, during the presidential election campaign, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised to provide jobs for all unemployed university graduates.

Full Article -UWN

Student injured due to an accident at Sri Jayewardenepura University

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Sri Jayewardenepura Ragging student injured Tyre incident Rag
Sri Jayewardenepura Ragging student injured Tyre incident Rag

Update - 5 university students of Sri Jayewardenepura University arrested over the incident. Arrested students remanded till March 23. According to hospital sources, student is recovering gradually. One student to produce before Gangodawila court March 12. Mirihana police conducting further investigations.

Investigations have commenced to ascertain if the student who faced an accident during a party following an event held at the Sri Jayewardenepura University was based on ragging, or an unforeseen accident.

The Japura campus administration and the police are conducting separate investigations into the matter according to the minister of higher education, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena.

The student who faced the accident is currently receiving treatment at the ICU of the Colombo national hospital. According to hospital sources, student is getting recover now. The first year students of the faculty of management studies had organized an event on the 6th of March, marking the end of ragging which is known as the "bucket party". The event had ended at around 8.30 pm, and most of the students who had attended the event had left the premises.

However it has been reported that the students continued to have fun remaining at the location the event was held. During this, a Tyre which had been brought to the location had fallen on the students head and he had been admitted to the Colombo teaching hospital. Owing to the seriousness of his condition, he was transferred to the Colombo national hospital for further treatment.

The student who has been hospitalized following the incident, is a first year student of the management faculty residing in Gampaha.

The University Grants Commission UGC has called for an investigation after a freshman student at the Sri Jayewardenepura University was admitted to the Colombo National hospital last week with a serious head injury allegedly suffered during ragging.

Newsfirst quoted the Chairman of the University Grants Commission Professor Sampath Amaratunge as saying that an investigation will be conducted and the perpetrators punished.

The student, Pasindu Hirushan, is a high-achieving student who obtained 3 As in his A-level examination and was an all-rounder, his teachers at his school said in social media postings.

Hirushan, was a student at St. Peter’s College (Udugapola Branch) and according to these postings had been ragged by senior students around midnight on March 5.

The raggers had rolled a tractor tire at the freshmen, and Hirushan had been hit and collapsed immediately these postings said.

His family members have said that the student was on a respirator and a hospital spokesman was quoted as saying that he is in a critical condition.

Ragging of freshmen students has been a serious issue with thousands of students who qualified for university refusing to attend after inhuman torture.

UGC University entrance hand book released -Deadline April 9

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University Handbook Sri Lanka 2019 UGC Campus Hand book 2020 Application Form
University Handbook Sri Lanka 2019 Campus Hand book 2020 Application Form Bookshop UGC

UGC University Admission Handbook for the new 2019/2020 Academic year released March 5th University Grants Commission said to “Lanka Education”. 

Currently, Campus Handbook has printed in three languages and send to authorized bookshops island-wide.

UGC further say Students can only apply through the Internet this time (Apply via Online).  UGC handbook will be cost about Rs. 500 & will be available UGC Approved bookshops islandwide. Apply before March 26. (Deadline Extended till April 9)

UGC Handbook PDF Download

Online Apply Link

Students can apply for universities via Online and can use “Nenasala IT Centeres” for online registration free of charge.

UGC Strongly advice students to use Online Method for applying Universities. Online method is simple, speedy, secure & accurate.

Please Read all details carefully before you fill the online & manual forms.

Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC sources say cut-off marks for entrance to university for the new academic year will release 2020 June- July. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

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 June 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;

1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk

University Entrance process will be as follows. 

  1. A/L Results release
  2. University Hand Book release
  3. Buy University handbook & read it carefully
  4. Online Registration & Send print out via post to UGC
  5. Based on students’ desired course students have to apply for Aptitude tests after publishing on national newspapers. 
  6. Sit for Aptitude Tests depend on their selected courses. Then aptitude test results will released by relevant universities.
  7. Re-scrutinized / Re- correction A/Level results release. 
  8. Z score cut off marks will be release (June-July)
  9. University Registration via online
  10. Students will receive selected Course & University

University Admission

Higher education Ministry sources says that the students who qualified for the 2019/2020 University Academic year based on 2019 A/L results will be admitted before the end of 2020.

About 30,000 students will be enrolled for this academic year. Several new subject streams to be introduce this year.

University students arrested over violating Court order

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University students arrested in front of UGC Colombo
University students arrested in front of UGC Colombo

21 university students who launched Sathyagraha protest campaign in front of University Grant Commission UGC Colombo, arrested over violating court order. Students are protesting demands government to stop students suppression at university Ruhuna. IUSF says despite the arrests they will continue the protest campaign again.

A tense situation cropped up when the police arrived at the scene where Inter university students are protesting. The police arrived in front of the Higher education Ministry, where the protest was being held, to inform the students to call off the protest.

DIG Ajith Rohana informed the students about the court order issued by the Colombo Magistrates court. A tense situation cropped up when the students opposed.

21 University students arrested over violating Court order
University students protest in front of UGC Colombo

University students arrested over violating Court order. Anthare IUSF & university students launched Sathyagraha protest campaign in front of University Grant Commission UGC Colombo, demanding government to stop students suppression at university Ruhuna. IUSF says despite the arrests they will continue the protest campaign again.

21 university students who launched Sathyagraha protest campaign in front of University Grant Commission UGC Colombo, arrested over violating court order. Students are protesting demands government to stop students suppression at university Ruhuna. IUSF says despite the arrests they will continue the protest campaign again.

School Big Match Cricket Season 2020 Begins

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School Big Match Cricket Season Start March Madness
School Big Match Cricket Season Start March Madness

The Annual School cricket matches between rival schools is a very popular event in Sri Lanka. Many of the annual `big’ matches are held in February - March and the most famous and awaited of these all is the annual Royal - Thomian cricket match. Big Matches form an important part of modern Sri Lankan culture with both school children and adults taking part in much of the activity that is part of the annual matches.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Education Ministry states that during big match parades students must ensure they safeguard the dignity of their respective schools. Education Ministry has issued a circular in this regard. Minister Dallas Allahaperuma informed this during a discussion held with all the National school principals, OBAs and prefects. Students must not inconvenience school girls, refrain from forcibly entering girl’s schools and should not display inappropriate placards. The police will take stern action against any student who behaves in an unruly manner.

The biggest, oldest and longest Big match is the Royal-Thomian 'Battle of the Blues which started back in 1879. The Royal–Thomian is the most celebrated sports game in Sri Lankan sports circle and it is the second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world. Older than 'The Ashes' it is only behind the annual fixture between St.Peter's College, Adelaide and Prince Alfred College played since 1878.

The 141st Battle Of the Blues the Big Match cricket encounter between Royal College Colombo- RC and St. Thomas College will take place at the SSC ground on March 12,13,14.

2020 School Big Match Cricket Season Begins!

Match Date Big Match Venue
February Piliyandala Central vs Taxila Horana – 19th Raigam-Salpita Korale Moratuwa Stadium  
February Mahajana vs Skandavarodaya – 20th Battle of Heroes Mahajana Grounds  
February 28, 29 Thurstan vs Isipathana – 57th Battle of Brothers SSC Grounds  
March 6, 7 St Joseph’s vs St Peter’s – 86th Battle of Saints P.Sara Oval  
March 7, 8 Ananda vs Nalanda – 91st Battle of Maroons SSC Grounds  
March 12,13,14 Royal vs S. Thomas’ -141st Battle of the Blues SSC Grounds  
March Jaffna Central vs St John’s – 114th Battle of North Jaffna Central Grounds  
March 13, 14 Trinity vs St.Anthony’s – 103rd Battle of Blues (Kandy) Asgiriya Stadium  
March Maliyadeva vs St. Anne’s – 37th Battle of the Rocks Welegedara Stadium  
March Kalutara Vidyalaya vs Tissa Central – 62nd Battle of Mangoosteen Surrey Grounds  
March 13, 14 St.Sebastian’s vs Prince of Wales – 70th Battle of Golds Moratuwa Stadium  
March 20, 21 St. Sylvester’s vs Vidyartha – 60th Battle of Babes Pallekelle Stadium  
March Colombo Hindu vs Jaffna Hindu – 11th Battle of the Hindus Jaffna Hindu Grounds  
March 20, 21 DS Senanayake vs Mahanama – 14th Battle of Gold P. Sara Oval  
March Sri Sumangala vs Moratu Vidyalaya – 68th Battle of the Golds Moratuwa Stadium  
March 22, 23 Richmond vs Mahinda – 115th Lovers Quarrel Galle Stadium  
March 20, 21 Dharmaraja vs Kingswood – 114th Battle of Maroons (Kandy) Pallekelle Stadium  
March Lumbini vs Bandaranayake – 7th Battle of the Ever Green P. Sara Oval  
March St.Servatius’ vs St.Thomas’ – 120th Battle of Blues (South) Uyanwatta  
March Dharmapala vs Rahula Matara – 9th Battle of the Golden Lions Uyanwatta  
Sri Devananda vs Dharmasoka – 53rd Battle of Blues Moratuwa  
St. John’s vs Ananda Shastralaya – 24th Battle of Sri Jayawardenapura R. Premada  

The 91st Battle of Maroons Big Match cricket encounter between Ananda and Nalanda College will take place at the SSC ground on March 7 and 8 , 2020. The One Day Encounter is on March at SSC Ground Colombo.

The Big Match cricket encounter between Mahanama and DS will take place at the P saravanamuttu Oval ground on March 20 and 21. The One Day Encounter is on March at SSC Ground Colombo.

The 115th Lovers' Quarrrel the Big Match cricket encounter between Mahinda College Galle - MCG and Richmand College will take place at the Galle Stadium on March 22 & 23 .

The Richmond–Mahinda Cricket Encounter is an annual cricket big match played between the first XI cricket teams of Richmond College and Mahinda College in Galle, Sri Lanka. It is one of the longest cricket match series in Sri Lanka, having been played for 115 years. The match is also known as the "Lovers' Quarrel" in public and it is played at the Galle International Stadium. Lovers' Quarrel was begun in 1905.

Appointments to 50000 unemployed graduates to be given from March 1

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Sri Lanka 50000 unemployed graduates program suspend
Sri Lanka Appointments letters to 50000 unemployed graduates to give from March 1

The presentation of appointments to graduates recruited under the national program of recruiting 50,000 unemployed graduates to the State sector jobs scheduled to begin on March 1 and the appointment letters will be issued via District Secretaries, Sri Lanka Higher Education Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardena said.

Speaking at the Cabinet Media Briefing at the Government Information Department , Minister Dr. Gunawardane said the newly recruited graduates will be subjected to a year’s training period till March 1 next year.

The Cabinet approved the proposal made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in line with his election pledge to implement the programme of recruiting 50,000 unemployed graduates to the state sector.

After completing their training period, they are to be attached to the institutions in rural or remote areas under the Central Government and the provincial government they have given consent to serve.

Appointments to 50000 unemployed graduates to be given from March 1
Sri Lanka Appointments letters to 50000 unemployed graduates to give from March 1

A payment of Rs.20,000 will be provided to them and they won’t be able to transfer till they complete five years from their appointments.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says Presidential Secretariat posted appointment letters to 40,000 unemployed graduates yesterday (28). Accordingly, Minister Alahapperuma pointed out that the unemployed graduates who are protesting before the Fort Railway Station and Liptons Circus can consider their issues properly addressed.

Kelaniya university CCTV Incident – 16 students arrested

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Kelaniya university students arrested over removing CCTV
Kelaniya university students arrested over removing CCTV

16 Kelaniya university students arrested over removing campus CCTV camera system. 12 students granted police bail and charges to be filed against 4 others under Pubic Properties Act over removing CCTV. 4 students remanded till March 3rd by Mahara magistrate court. Administration board of Kelaniya University says steps will be taken to reinstall the damaged CCTV security system at the university premises.

Media Director of the Kelaniya University Senior Lecturer Vijayananda Rupasinghe said students who damaged the security camera system have been identified, whilst steps will be taken against them. Rupasinghe stressed the CCTV system was installed to protect students and their belongings, thereby dismissing allegations that the system was put in place with the intent of supressing students.

Kelaniya University CCTV

The University Media Director noted that the security system, installed following the Easter terror attacks, was set up in order to safeguard both students and the university premises.

Twelve out of the sixteen arrested university students over the removal of CCTV cameras from the University of Kelaniya have been granted police bail.

The remaining 4 students, who had been directly involved with the act, will be filed charges under the Public Properties Act, stated the police.

Earlier today (27), 16 university students including a monk were arrested over the removal of CCTV cameras from the University of Kelaniya premises.

On February 24, certain members of the Student Union of the University of Kelaniya had forcibly removed the CCTV cameras fixed at university premises for security purposes.

The Student Union had objected to the fixation of the cameras charging that this was done as a measure to control students.

After the removal of the cameras, the members of the Student Union had claimed responsibility for the action and stated that it had been done as a sign of protest.

The next day (February 25), the removed CCTV cameras had been returned to a point in the university.

Sri Lanka government progress of first 100 days

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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa progress of first 100 days
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa progress of first 100 days

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government education projects progress of first 100 days. February 25th, 2020 marks the completion of first 100 days of after assumption of office by Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

A summary of Education Project decisions and actions taken in accordance with ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ during this period is given below.

Sri Lanka Education Progress

  • Upgrade 1000 schools to the level of National Schools.
  • Ensure University admission for every student who qualify through A/L examination
  • A program to provide vocational training coupled with proficiency in English language and Information Technology who do not qualify to pursue higher education had been launched
  • A program to empower graduates for employment
  • Establish a Task Force to provide 100,000 employment opportunities to under-skilled youth from low income families
  • Measures are underway to offer degrees to those follow nursing and teacher training courses
  • Steps have been taken to implement the proposals to reform the education sector by establishing a Task Force on education
  • Measures are underway to establish a National Defence Academy and offer higher diploma courses in Defence Studies
  • Commenced the program to provide employments to unemployed graduates / diploma holders in order to harness their contribution to the growth of national economy
  • Increasing the maximum age limit to 45 years to apply for the Graduates Employment Scheme

Sri Lanka Government has called for applications from the unemployed youth between 18-45 years, who have educational qualifications below the ordinary level, for the establishment of the task force.

The Program to provide jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders has commenced. In line with its election pledge, the new government of Sri Lanka is to provide employment opportunities in the state sector for about 50,000 unemployed graduates by 1 March this year.

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