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Digital Growth overtakes COVID19 pandemic says Digital Media Consultant

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Digital Growth overtakes COVID19 pandemic says Digital Media Consultant Hamza Haniffa
Digital Media Consultant Hamza Haniffa

Digital marketing is one of the best jobs in the world right now. Almost every local or global business in the world operates with a high degree of priority given to digital marketing. This is mainly because of the high cost and time involved in traditional marketing methods.

Almost all the countries of the world faced some form of prolonged lockdown that lasted a  few months due to the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, everyone from top global brands to startups and local business were pushed towards great economic hardship.However, this was not the case for those in the digital marketing industry; this particular area of work saw higher demand for their services during this pandemic. Shown below is a simple example.

Anyone who takes a look at this graph will see how Digital Media and Marketing has seen a drastic Transformation in two months. In the decade from 2009 to 2019, Digital Transformation Growth has increased from 5.6% to 16% and in the last few months it has increased exponentially from 16% to 27%.

However, this growth observed during the COVID19 lockdown period, is expected to fall during the post COVID19 recovery period. Nevertheless it is undeniable that significant and drastic growth has taken place in 2020 alone compared to the last decade. This is because a lot of people who didn’t even think of going Digital were pushed to embracing Digital Marketing during this time and a lot of people who didn’t have a lot of faith or were skeptical of in Digital Media and Marketing Methods who placed their trust in the process during these trying times now have better confidence and view it with much better hope and clarity.

Since Digital Media and Digital Transformation are interlinked, the graph above also applies to Digital Media. Some believe that the end of digital media is two years away. But as someone who has been in Digital Media and Digital Marketing for 5 years, I am of the view that the next two years will be the best time for Digital Media.

There are already more than 500 Digital Agencies in Sri Lanka. None of them are sitting idle as each and every one of these agencies have work to do and neither of them are recording losses. Job creation and employment opportunities led by these agencies too aren’t small in number and cannot go unnoticed.

Looking forward it is expected that competition will begin to exist between digital creativity and digital strategizing companies and not between digital marketing and traditional marketing.  

By – Digital Media Consultant Hamza Haniffa

DP Digital University Free Online Learning Platform

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DP Digital University Campus Sri Lanka Dhammika Perera
DP Digital University Dhammika Perera University Sri Lanka Free Online Cources

Extending higher education facilities designed to enhance employability and opportunity for Sri Lankan youth, philanthropists Dhammika Perera and Priscilla Perera launched DP Digital University, a free online education portal that offers an extensive portfolio of courses from reputed universities and institutions across the world.

Marking an unprecedented milestone in Sri Lankan higher education, the new platform will provide access to over 8,000 courses from over 55 world-renowned universities including Harvard, Cambridge, MIT, IBM and Monash.

Most importantly, majority of these courses are provided totally free of charge for self-learning at your own pace and will be available for every Sri Lankan to access remotely, irrespective of their economic and social statuses.

* Delivers free access to online learning platform for school students, graduates and professionals
* Extensive library of over 8,000 courses are now available
* Links world-renowned universities such as Harvard and Cambridge offering free courses

For more information, visit the official DP Digital University website at www.dpuni.org or email info@dpfoundation.org.lk.

DP Digital University free online learning platform

“For Sri Lanka to reach its fullest potential, it is imperative that our people are equipped with the knowledge and training necessary to take up critical roles in the national workforce. With the launch of this initiative our goal is to democratize education for all Sri Lankans, so that they in turn can empower and enrich themselves, and our nation,” a spokesperson for Dhammika and Priscilla Perera Foundation said.

DP Digital University offers students free courses covering a broad spectrum of subjects from Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Computer Science, Engineering, to Health & Medicine, Human Resource Management and 40 other categories.

Sharing her learning experience of the digital platform, Nethmi T. Wijesinghe, a student of ‘The Strategy of Content Marketing’ online course offered by the University of California, Davis said – “I enjoyed the online courses I found through DP Digital University as it was exciting and I could work on it at my own pace. It is a great opportunity for self-motivated people to explore and learn new subjects.”

Another student Shithila Mahabaduge who followed the ‘Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio’ course at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology expressed her gratitude to the foundation for providing her with the opportunity to follow her intellectual curiosity and complete a fascinating course which would not have otherwise been easily accessible.

“I recently completed my A/Ls, and I have been following courses on DP Digital University in my free time to enhance my knowledge in preparation for my higher studies,” Dinuk Peiris a student of ‘Introduction to Marketing’ course offered by the University of Pennsylvania said.

DP Digital University is the latest in a series of initiatives from DP Education that leverages digital platforms to deliver free education to empower a new generation of Sri Lankan school and university students, as well as professionals.

The foundation also recently launched DP Kids, another breakthrough platform that provides free access to pre-school education to over 264,000 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, amounting to 20% of the 1.32 million children in Sri Lanka.

DP Education Maths, Science & English Academy are the other online free education platforms that are provided by Dhammika & Priscilla Perera Foundation.

For more information, visit the official DP Digital University website at www.dpuni.org or email info@dpfoundation.org.lk.

University Online Registration for students commences. Deadline December 22 -UGC

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Sri Lanka Education News
Sri Lanka Education News Latest Updates Schools Universities Campus Breaking News

The online registration of students for the new 2019/2020 academic year in universities commenced. University Online Registration for students commences and student can apply via UGC official website. The University Grants Commission said measures are in place for students to register online. Deadline is December 22. Apply before the deadline.

Accordingly, students can log on to www.ugc.ac.lk and register. 41,500 students are to be registered for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Online registration for students who sat for the GCE Advanced Level examination 2019/20 can register for universities from November 23, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said in a statement. Students can complete the registration via www.ugc.ac.lk. The UGC states that special intake will be available for the applicants with exceptional abilities/ skills in sports to Universities-Academic Year 2019/2020.

University Online Registration for students commences UGCRegistration Link UGC

Instructions to download your Letter of Selection and to proceed to the online registration for the course of study of the university selected – Academic Year 2019/2020

  1. Go to the official website of the UGC (www.ugc.ac.lk).
  2. If you have already downloaded the Letter of Selection, the Schedule named Annex I and the Instructions to register online for the selected
    course of study and the university named Annex II, you may click on the To directly proceed to registration link given in the Online
    Registrations box on the official website of the UGC.
  3. If you have not already downloaded the Letter of Selection and/or other documents specified above, you may click on the To download the
    Letter of Selection & proceed to registration link given in the Online Registrations box on the official website of the UGC.
    If you had clicked on To directly proceed to registration link;
  4. Follow the instructions given in the already downloaded Annex II on Instructions to register online for the selected course of study and the
    university.
    If you had clicked on To download the Letter of Selection & proceed to registration link;
  5. You will be displayed the Login window.
    i. Enter the UserID and the Password of your account created for completing the online application for university admission.
    Your UserID is the email address used by you to create the account. If you have forgotten the password, you can change your
    password using the Forgot Password link.
    ii. Now click on the Login button.
  6. Now you will be displayed the Verify Your Identity window.
    i. In the Your NIC cage, the first few numbers of your NIC entered by you in the online application for university admission will
    be displayed. Fill in rest of the numbers and the English letter if any. (If you have not provided any NIC in the application for
    university admission, this option to fill in rest of the numbers and the English letter of NIC will not be displayed to you).
    ii. In the Your Mobile Number cage, the first six digits of the mobile number entered by you in the online application for
    university admission will be displayed. Complete rest of the four digits.
    iii. In the Your Email Address cage, the email address used by you to create the account to fill in the online application for
    university admission will be displayed.
    Note: In case, if your above stated mobile number or the email address is currently not in use/out of service, you may contact the
    Department of University Admissions via the telephone numbers given in the official website of the UGC.
    iv. Now press the Submit button.
  7. Now you will be displayed the OTP Verification page. Along with that, the message “Please click on the link sent to your email. Once you
    click on the link, an OTP will be sent to your mobile number” will also be displayed in the right side of the page.
  8. In order to click on the link sent to your email account as instructed in the message, log on to the email account given in above 2(iii).
  9. You will now be seen the email sent by the Department of University Admissions to the inbox of that email account. Click on the Please click
    here to generate otp link.
  10. After you click on that link, an OTP will be sent to the mobile number completed by you in above 2(ii). Enter that OTP into the SMS Code
    textbox of the OTP Verification page stated in above 3 and press the Submit button.
  11. Now you will be displayed the Selection Letters page.
  12. In the Selection Letters page, the details on the course of study of the university to which you have been selected and available for
    registration, the link to download the letter of selection of the same and other documents related to that selection and the registration as a
    single file will be displayed. Get the letter of selection and other documents downloaded using that link.
    Note: In case, if you have logged out from the system prior to get the letter of selection and other documents downloaded, note that you
    will have to refollow the steps 1 to 6 above before visiting the Selection Letters page stated in above 7, for downloading them.
    Instead, if you have logged out from the system with the intention of completing the registration later on after getting the letter
    of selection and other documents downloaded, you can directly proceed to the online registration system by clicking on the To
    directly proceed to registration link in the Online Registrations box on the official website of the UGC, without requiring to
    refollowing the steps 1 to 6 above.
  13. Now,read the information and instructions given in the Letter of Selection and other documents downloaded.
  14. Now, press the Click here to go to the Registration System button in the Selection Letters page to get registered for the course of study of the
    university online.
  15. Now, complete your online rgistration to the course of study of the university selected following the instructions given in the Annex II on
    Instructions to register online for the selected course of study and the university, already downloaded in above 8.

More Details SINHALA TAMIL

Special intake for the applicants with exceptional abilities/skills in Sports to Universities-Academic Year 2019/2020. UGC link

Sri Lanka Cyclone Alert & Weather Update

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Sri Lanka Cyclone Alert & Weather Update
Sri Lanka Weather Monsoon Floods Cyclone

Cyclone Alert ❗ Low Pressure is developing in Bay of Bengal and expected to be intensify into a Cyclonic Storm ” Burevi ” and to impact Sri Lanka and South India coming days (November30 to December 4). #CycloneBurevi #Burevi. Well-marked low over SE BOB and can concentrate into a depression next day or so. Low can become CS #Burevi before striking #SriLanka or S #TamilNadu around midweek. Another low can for near S Andaman Sea toward next weekend.

The low pressure area in the south-east Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression during next 24 hours and likely to intensify further. This system is likely to move nearly west-northwestwards to the north coast of Sri Lanka. It will affect weather over the island and surrounding sea areas during next few days.

Several spells of showers will occur at several places in Northern, North-Central, Eastern and Uva provinces.

Showers or thundershowers will occur in Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m. Fairly heavy falls about 50 mm are likely at some places.

Fairly strong gusty winds (30-40) kmph can be expected in Northern, North-Central, Eastern, and North-Western provinces.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

There is a possibility to develop a low pressure area to the South-East of Sri Lanka. Fishing and naval community will be informed in due course in this regard.

Sri Lanka Cyclone Alert

A low will form over the S BOB over the next few days & can become a deep depression or cyclone before striking S #India or #SriLanka later next week. says Jason Nicholls Lead International Forecaster/Senior Meteorologist/International forecasting manager @AccuWeather .

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Galle via Colombo. A few showers may occur in the other sea ares around the island.

Winds:

Winds will be north-easterly in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Hambanthota via Kankasnthureyi, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Winds will be variable in dirrection in the other sea areas around the island. The wind speed will be 20-30 kmph. The wind speed can increase up to 50kmph at times over sea area extending from Colombo to Kankasnthureyi via Mannar.

State of Sea:

The sea area around the island can be slight to moderate. The sea areas extending from Colombo to Kankasnthureyi via Mannar will be fairly rough at times

Temporarily strong gusty winds (up to 70-80 kmph) and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in the Island. The risk is mentioned in the map. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

DAMAGE EXPECTED:

  • Heavy rains may trigger landslides in hilly areas.
  • Water inundation in low lying areas
  • Uprooting of large avenue trees.

ACTION SUGGESTED:

  • People living in hilly areas (particularly landslide prone areas) are requested to be
    vigilant.
  • Drivers and people using roads in the hilly areas are requested to be vigilant.
  • Take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
  • Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
  • Be alert on the advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology.
  • For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.

Sri Lanka Cyclone Alert & Weather Update

Sri Lanka weather updates via MET. Sri Lanka Monsoon, Floods, Cyclone and Weather Updates and Alerts.

Student from Sangamitta College Galle recorded 200 marks grade 5 scholarship exam

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Grade Five Scholarship Examination Dates
Grade Five Scholarship Examination Sri Lanka News Results

A student from Sangamitta College, Galle recorded 200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam. Siyathi Sandundi Karunathilaka, a student from Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya has recorded 200 out of 200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam conducted in October. She would be possibly the island best student this time at the scholarship exam having recorded a rare feat after 13 years.

The Department of Examinations today announced that the results of the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination-2020 have been released online. The results can be viewed via https://www.doenets.lk/examresults, the official website of the Examinations Department.

At least four students have recorded 200/200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam in 2020. This is the first time in Sri Lankan history that at least four students scored the total marks at grade five scholarship exam.

Results of the exam released online this evening, but department of exams will not announce island ranking this time. This was the second time a student recorded 200/200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam. First occasion was in 2007 when a student from Thakshila College achieved the feat.

Via NewsCenter.lk

A student from Sangamitta College, Galle recorded 200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam. Siyathi Sandundi Karunathilaka, a student from Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya has recorded 200 out of 200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam conducted in October. She would be possibly the island best student this time at the scholarship exam having recorded a rare feat after 13 years.

Results of the exam released online this evening, but department of exams will not announce island ranking this time. This was the second time a student recorded 200/200 marks at the grade 5 scholarship exam. First occasion was in 2007 when a student from Thakshila College achieved the feat.

University Admission Appeals

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University Admission Appeals send before deadline
University Appels Form UGC Sri Lanka

Much awaited, Z Score Cut off marks for the new university academic year already released to www.ugc.ac.lk website. Students those who have issues and problems with University Entrance, Z Scores and Aptitude Tests can get further details from below mentioned Telephone numbers.

Call UGC –0112695301 , 0112695302 , 0112692357 , 0112675854

Don’t hesitate to call UGC and get expert advice to your problems. They are very friendly and will solve your all problems.

University Admission Appeals

Students can make appeals only by e-mail regarding issues such as changes in courses, changes in the university and other issues arisen with the issuance of cut-off marks for university admissions.

Students can appeal from the official website of the University Grants Commission at www.ugc.ac.lk or directly to the e-mail at appeals@ugc.ac.lk.

Also students should send an appeal to the UGC in written. Students should forward a written appeal to the UGC along with the documentary evidence in support of the appeal. A photocopy of the appeal application form in the UGC admission handbook could be used as the appeal format. Appeal should be forwarded to the UGC before November 23.

Notice on appeals – Candidates who are unable to send appeals on university admission for the academic year 2019/2020 via post due to the prevailing curfew in the country can send a copy of the appeal to appeals@ugc.ac.lk. The original documents should be sent to the UGC via registered post once the curfew is lifted.

Specimen Form for Appeals 2019/20

The method adopted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to select students to Universities based on the results of the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination held in August 2019 under old and new syllabi. DOC

More Details About University Admission Appeals

Prospective undergraduates applying for university entrance for the academic year 2019/20 have raised concerns over the cut-off marks based on Z-scores that have been set for the old and new syllabi.

Z-scores for university entrance was announced for students who sat for the 2019 GCE Advanced Level (A/L) examination last month, under the categories of old syllabus and new syllabus.

“There have been several complaints we heard, where students were saying that they wrote exams under the new syllabus and had an unfair advantage over the old syllabus. We have allowed such students to send us their appeals through post before 23 November.

“Given the present pandemic and the limitation of postal service access, we will entertain the appeals over email at appeals@ugc.ac.lk to which the students will have to submit a scanned copy of the appeal form,” Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris told The Morning website.

Once the quarantine curfew is lifted, the original appeal form will have to be posted to the the University Grants Commissions (UGC) to the below address:

Secretary – Appeals Committee on University Admissions,
C/O University Grants Commission,
No. 20, Ward Place,
Colombo 07

The words “Appeals – University Admissions” is to be indicated on the top left corner of the envelope. A payment of Rs. 500/= is to be made for every appeal, which is to be credited following the below information:

(i) UGC Collection Account No. 0002323287 at Torrington Branch of Bank of Ceylon
(ii) Collection Account No. 167-1-001-4-3169407 at Town Hall Branch of People’s Bank

This is to be done by filling in the paying-in-voucher for payment of cash to the UGC. Every appeal is to be accompanied by the counterfoil of the paying-in-voucher authenticated by the seal of one of the above-mentioned banks and the signature of an authorised officer
on such counterfoil.

No appeals will be considered or notified without this payment, and incomplete or appeals with unclear reasons will be rejected.

The specimen form for appeals is also available on the UGC website at www.ugc.ac.lk.

According to the UGC procedure, the appeals will be taken into consideration through an Appeals Committee appointed by the UGC.

Appeals will be entertained from the following:

(a) Applicants who fall within the declared minimum Z-score for selection for a particular course of study of a university, for which the requirements for university admission have been fulfilled but not selected, subject to provisions made in Section 3 of this Handbook.

(b) Applicants who have been selected for a particular course of study of a university, but consider that they qualify to be selected for another course of study of a university indicated by them for which the requirements for university admission have been fulfilled, subject to provisions made in Section 3 of this Handbook.

(c) Applicants who request that their course of study of the university/higher educational institute be changed to another course of study of a university/higher educational institute to which they have given a lower preference for which the requirements for admission have been fulfilled. (In order to consider appeals for a change of course of study of a university/higher educational institute, there should be vacancies in the relevant course of study of the university/higher educational institute. Students’ order of Z-score will be taken into consideration when there are more applicants than vacancies.)

(d) Applicants who failed to apply for a particular course of study of a university/higher educational institute for which the requirements for admission have been fulfilled. (In order to consider appeals under this category, there should be vacancies in the relevant course of study of the university/higher educational institute. Students’ order of Z-score will be taken into consideration when there are more students who have appealed than vacancies.)

If the student wishes to send more than one appeal, a photocopy of the specimen form for appeals can be used.

The Appeals Committee will not consider appeals made in respect of the following, and such appellants are hereby informed that their appeals will not be acknowledged and payments will not be refunded.

i. Admission under special provisions
ii. Admission for special subjects under an additional intake
iii. Admission under filling of vacancies

Frequently asked Questions and answers

How to obtain the application form to make an appeal?
A photocopy of the appeal application form in the admission handbook could also be used.

What are the instances, that a candidate could not make an appeal?

Admission under Special Provisions
Admission for Special Subjects under an additional intake
Admission under filling of vacancies

What are the reasons that can be considered by the Appeals Committee?

Applicants who fall within the declared minimum Z score for a particular course of study but not selected, subject to provisions made in section 9 in the admission handbook.
Applicant who has been selected for a particular course of study, but consider that they qualify to be selected for another course of study indicated by them, subject to provisions made in section 9 in the admission handbook.
Applicants who request that they be assigned to another university.
Applicants who request that their course of study be changed to another course of study for which the requirements for admission have been fulfilled. (In order to consider appeals for a change of course of study there should be a vacancy in the relevant course of study. Students’ order of Z score will be taken into consideration when there are more applications than vacancies).
Applicants who fail to apply for a particular course of study for which the requirements for admission have been fulfilled. (In order to consider appeals under this category there should be vacancies in the relevant course of study. Students’ order of Z-Score will be taken into consideration when there are more applicants than vacancies)

What is the time period in which a candidate could make an Appeal to the UGC?

Appeal should be forwarded to the UGC within four weeks from the date of publishing the Cut-off points (except for those who are selected to university admissions to fill a vacancy)

Are mutual transfers allowed?
No.

How to make a request for inter university transfer or change of course of study?
Candidate who seeks an inter university transfer or a change of course of study, should get him/herself registered with the university to which he/she has been assigned in the first instance.

Then the candidate has to forward a written appeal to the UGC along with the documentary evidence in support of the appeal.

Is it possible to change the university and the course of study to which the candidate has been assigned?

Yes, but there is no guarantee that every request for inter university transfer or change the course of study will be accommodated.

What is the method of determine the applicant’s district for university admission?

The district of any candidate (whether school or private) will be the district of location of school in which the candidate was enrolled (on the basis of school records) for the highest number of days during the three-year period ending on the last day of the month immediately preceding the month in which he/she sat the G.C.E (A/L) examination to qualify for admission even in case of having proof of residence in another district for a period more than the days he/she was enrolled in a school specified above.

However, the district of a candidate who has been enrolled in a school/schools for a period of less than one year during the three-year period stipulated above will be determined on the basis of the location of school/schools which he/she had been enrolled, permanent place of residence of the candidate and other evidence as decided by the UGC.

Sri Lanka Schools Reopening Dates

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Sri Lanka Schools Re Opening Open Dates
Sri Lanka Schools Re Opening Open Dates

UPDATE January 11- All schools in Sri Lanka except in the Western Province and other isolated areas will be open for grades 2-13 from January 11. The Minister of Education Professor G.L. Peiris said that the grade 11 of the schools in the Western Province will be started from 25th of January except the schools in locked down police areas due to covid reason.

All schools in the Kalmunai Education Zone will remain closed until further notice : Office of the Eastern Province Governor. All schools in the Dambulla education zone will be closed for one week from tomorrow : Mayor, Dambulla Municipal Council. Schools in Colombo, Gampaha & Kalutara Districts cannot be reopened now, Minister of Education Prof G.L. Peiris.

All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23. Sri Lanka Education Ministry has sought recommendations from Health officials whether schools are reopening or not on November 9. Earlier it was planned to re-open schools on the 09th of November. Final decision taken November 18 and it was announced today. All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23.

Reopening of Sri Lanka government schools to be postponed due to present coronavirus spike situation in the country, according to ministry of education sources. Education Ministry secretary, Prof Kapila Perera has told to “Silumina newspaper” that due to the outbreak of COVID19, schools cannot be reopened as scheduled. Schools were scheduled to reopen on 9 November. Sri Lanka Schools Reopening Delay.

When Reopen Schools in Sri Lanka?

Current school vacation was declared a week earlier in early last month as 2nd wave of COVID 19 outbreak started in Sri Lanka on 4 October. Education ministry sought health ministry recommendations last week to reopening of schools. Final decision is based on health ministry recommendations, but it is unlikely that health authorities allow school reopening soon, well informed sources said.

  • * Third school term start from 09th of November 2020 and ends on 23rd of December 2020.
  • * The year-end school vacation 24th of December and last till 01st of January 2021.
  • * New school term commence 04th of January 2021
  • * O/L Exam from January 18 January 27.

Sri Lanka Schools Reopening Delay

Sri Lanka Education Ministry has sought recommendations from Health officials whether schools are reopening or not on November 9. Earlier it was planned to re-open schools on the 09th of November. Final decision will be taken coming days after A/L Exam concluded.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry announced Government and Private International Schools opening / Vacation / Holidays Term end / starts dates. All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice . All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence October 5 : Education Ministry.

According to an earlier announcement by the Education Ministry, schools were closed immediately from July 13 to July 17, just weeks after it re-opened, after the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre transformed into a cluster, spreading panic among all citizens.

On July 13, Sri Lanka closes schools- All government schools closed from the July 13th to 17th of July. Government requested from Private schools, International Schools, Catholic private schools and Tuition Classes to close their institutions.

After 113 days, Sri Lanka opened schools on July 6 but recent increase of coronavirus positive cases pushed government to make the latest decision. Sri Lanka’s schools closed from March 18 due to the coronavirus epidemic but as government successfully tackled with no community spread since April 30, Education Ministry reopened schools from July 6.

BetterHelp’s Advice for Academic Stress

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BetterHelp's Advice for Academic Stress
What Is An Anxiety Attack and 10 Ways To Recognize And Cope With An Anxiety Attack via BetterHelp

Students perform best when they’re motivated and eager to learn. Having a positive attitude helps direct students’ attention to incompleted tasks. However, with the structure of learning and education drastically changed due to Covid-19, billions of students around the world have been impacted. It’s no question that motivation may be hard to come by when everyone is feeling the underlying effects of stress in our daily lives.

As the school year continues and exam dates approach, students may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed trying to stay on top of their schoolwork in addition to dealing with the new challenges of online learning or closures. Stress is normal and can even be motivational in driving us to be more productive. Stress is the body’s natural response to events occurring around us and our environment—it’s how we respond to challenges and situations that may stir up strong emotions, like fear. 

In this article, we’ll talk about academic stress and what you can do to cope with it in order to stay in control.

What is Academic Stress?

Academic stress is experienced when the body responds to an event (called a “stressor”) related to academia or school. The condition is common among students who feel that they do not have the capacity to meet the demands of their work or their classes. Stressors are most commonly reported to be exams, public speaking, and a lack of time to complete their work, either due to an overload of assignments or an inability to balance their commitments.

Experienced at high levels, stress can impart a negative impact on our health and performance, not only in school but in life. It may become so severe that you can experience panic attacks or develop a more serious condition like depression or anxiety. As such, it’s important to come up with ways to minimize your stress in order to maintain your health.

How To Cope With Academic Stress

  1. 1 – Write Down Important Dates

It can be easy to forget important dates once you start accumulating more assignments or schoolwork. Make it easier on yourself by keeping a calendar of your commitments and dates that assignments are due, in addition to the dates of exams.

  • 2 – Create To-Do Lists and Time Tables

Outlining your tasks and budgeting your time can help you feel less overwhelmed as due dates and exams approach. Breaking down projects and assignments into smaller parts can help you visualize what you need to do, making your work more manageable. 

Assigning blocks of time to your tasks will help keep you on track. Try to be realistic about how much time it will take you to complete a reading or writing assignment so that you aren’t overwhelmed or pressured for time if you fall a bit behind schedule.

  • 3 – Ask For Help If You Don’t Understand

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you have trouble grasping a concept or can’t solve a problem you’ve spent a lot of time on. You may waste time and energy focusing on the problem that could be spent on other tasks. Reach out to a friend, a peer, or your teacher with your concerns and your approach. Sometimes another perspective or explanation can be all you need to see the problem in a new light.

  • 4 – Keep a Regular Schedule

Having a routine helps to cultivate healthy and positive habits that can help us feel accomplished and motivated to handle more tasks. Implementing small tasks like cleaning your room or workspace, making your bed, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast before sitting down to study can take a little pressure off of your bigger tasks since you’ve already gotten off to a good start for the day.

Maintaining a routine also ensures that you balance your responsibilities and your schoolwork with time to relax. Prioritizing a balance between work and life keeps us in control of our schedules, rather than allowing our work to dictate your schedule. Make sure your schedule includes time to exercise, catching up with your loved ones, eating healthy meals, and sleeping regularly in order to have enough energy to do your work.

  • 5 – Take Breaks

It’s important to take breaks when you’re studying or working, especially if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Suppressing your anxiety or frustration can often backfire, leading you to worry more or get upset later on. Take moments to stretch and to do breathing exercises throughout the day, either between your classes or if you’ve been reading or sitting for a while. Studies show that movement and breathing help lower your blood pressure in addition to releasing hormones like oxytocin or serotonin lower stress levels in the body. Even just five to ten minutes of movement or breathing can help you feel re-energized.

  • 6 – Reward Yourself

Giving yourself incentives like a sweet treat or things to look forward to (playing a game, seeing a friend) after accomplishing a few tasks, or achieving your goals will keep you motivated. You’re working hard and deserve the acknowledgment! Rewards also help to boost your confidence and may release endorphins that keep you happy.

  • 7 – Seek Help If Necessary

If you find yourself in a place where you’re so overwhelmed that these tips don’t help, talk to someone who can help. A teacher, guidance counselor, parent, or trusted adult can help you discuss your concerns or your burdens. No one is alone and sometimes things are simply too much to tackle on your own.

Some students report turning to therapy in addition to seeking help from their peers or their loved ones. For some students, therapy feels like the only place they’re truly understood. No matter the case, sites like BetterHelp offer counseling from licensed professionals in a convenient and affordable way so that anyone who is struggling can find they help they deserve.

Sometimes we find ourselves so overwhelmed that it may be hard to reach out to someone right away. With online therapy, you could talk to someone as quickly as you can type out a text on your phone or the BetterHelp app.

If you’re ready to get back in control and want to come up with a plan to resolve academic stress with the help of professionals, check out this link: https://twitter.com/betterhelp?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor.

University Zscore cutoff marks released to www.ugc.ac.lk. Website slow

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Zscores Cutoff Marks Release October First Week to www.ugc.ac.lk
UGC Z Score cutoff marks release October first week to www.ugc.ac.lk website

Much awaited, much delayed, 2019 A/L exam Zscore cut-off marks released to www.ugc.ac.lk. Website is slow due to heavy web traffic. 2019 A/L exam Zscore cut-off marks released to www.ugc.ac.lk but Website is slow due to heavy web traffic.

Zscore will release on Monday October 26, according to NewsFirst. 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 delayed due to various reasons. According to UGC sources, releasing Zscore cutoff marks delayed 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 – 16.10.2020

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results 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.

405 Engineering students are to be admitted to the universities of Peradeniya, Jayewardenepura, Jaffna, Ruhuna, Moratuwa and South Eastern engineering faculties from new academic year.

Government has taken a decision to increase the number of students admitted to medical faculties in government universities by 350 from new academic year.

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?

Year Cut Off Marks Released
2010 A/L May 27, 2011
2011 A/L December 28, 2012
2012 A/L November 9, 2013
2013 A/L September 6, 2014
2014 A/L October 6, 2015
2015 A/L September 20, 2016
2016 A/L June 6, 2017
2017 A/L July 26, 2018 
2018 A/L July 26, 2019
2019 A/L October 26, 2020*

*forecast data

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said earlier Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start 2020 December end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2021 January to March 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;


1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk


2. Call 1919 (Government Information Centre)


3. SMS to 1919

Format:  ugc <space> Index Number -> send to 1919

Example: ugc 2223322 ->send to 1919


4. Call UGC – 0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854

University students infected with Coronavirus

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Japura Kelaniya campus students tested positive for coronavirus
Japura Kelaniya campus students tested positive for coronavirus infected USJP COVID19 University Student

Student of the Faculty of Social Science of the Kelaniya University has been tested positive for Coronavirus, reports Citizen News. The student’s father is reportedly an employee at the Minuwangoda factory. Officials are planning to do PCR tests for 5 students who are the close contacts of the infected student.

Meanwhile Daily News reported that, A third-year student of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has been tested positive for Covid-19.

University students infected with Coronavirus

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage stated that the University is unaware as to how COVID-19 has been contracted and investigations are carried in this regard. The University has taken measures to admit the student to the IDH hospital on Saturday (10). The PCR test reports of the student’s mother who is reportedly a nurse at the Base hospital of Panadura, have not yet been received by the University, he added.

The suspect student who has been tested positive for COVID-19 is a student that belongs to the Department of Decision Sciences. There had been two students in the same boarding house and one is a resident of Gampaha Veyangoda area. “We are waiting for the results of their PCR tests and the Ministry of Health is informed in this regard” Prof. Liyanage said.

The University has placed the students in the same boarding house and the students remaining in the hostels from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce under quarantine.

He further added that the University has moved coursework online since October 06 and students are discouraged to enter the university unnecessarily.

He also said that while many students have vacated the University hostels since October 6, the university is currently accommodating around 200 students in the University hostel premises. The few students remaining in the University from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce have been quarantined in the University at the hostels with accordance to the COVID-19 quarantine guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, Prof. Liyanage said that further decisions with regard to the reported positive case in the University will be taken after obtaining the PCR test reports of the mother of the infected student and the other two students in the boarding house.

Source – Citizen News and Daily News