Sri Lanka Government decided reopen universities that have been closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Universities will be reopened under several stages. Officials decided to reopen universities for final year exams from June 15. First, Second and Third year students’ lectures and exams will be further delayed and reopening dates will be announced later. Examinations of 4th-year students of all universities will commence from the 22nd of June, says the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Universities opening dates

  • Final year examinations of all medical faculties will begin from June 15.
  • Examinations of 4th-year students of all universities will commence from the June 22.
  • Faculties of Arts, Science, Law and Education at the University of Colombo will be reopened for exams on June 29.
  • Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya will be reopened on June 28.
  • Exams of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura will continue from August 04.

First, Second and Third year students’ lectures and exams will be further delayed and reopening dates will be announced later.

Likewise, other faculties will also be reopened for exams after June 22, however, all universities are expected to conclude the exams by August 15, the UGC chairman said.

The final year examinations of all medical faculties will begin from June 15 as scheduled, Mr. Amaratunge said further.

Assigning seats for written exams and the number of students taking part in a practical test will be determined according to the health regulations.

For the time being, one room will be allocated to each student, when providing hostel facilities for those who are sitting for the exams, the UGC chairman said.

He also noted that until further notice, students will not be permitted to remain inside university premises after 7.30pm.

Assembles of any sort within or outside the university premises, entertainment or sports activities will also be prohibited until further notice, he said further.

Professor Sampath Amaratunge said the reopening of other students will be carried out in stages, depending on the success of this.

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A crucial discussion is being held with the participation of representatives of the University Grants Commission UGC. Chairman of the UGC Professor Sampath Amaratunga told that a media briefing will be held on June 13 Saturday, to share information regarding the opening of universities.

Campus re-opening dates will be announced June 13 -UGC


Earlier it was decided to open the Medical Faculty for the final year exams on June 15. UGC decided to reopen the universities following two months long coronavirus vacation. Under the re-opening process, Medical Faculties of all state universities for final year students will be reopen from June 15. Sri Lanka Universities reopen for Medical Faculty final year students from June 15.

UGC Chairman Professor Sampath Amaratunga says that the decision was taken to conduct examinations for final year medical students.

Prof. Amaratunga further says that permission was granted to recommence universities with strict health guidelines following a discussion between the UGC and the Director General of Health Services.

Final year medical students are to be provided hostel facilities, with arrangements to be provided as one student per room, while they are to undergo a quarantine period of two weeks as well, he said.

Professor Sampath Amaratunge said the reopening of other faculties for final year students will be carried out in stages, depending on the success of the medical faculties.

When Universities Reopening in Sri Lanka?

Officials say that a decision on the reopening of universities under several phases will be taken from June 15.

Universities opened for the non-academic staff. Some members of the non-academic staff have been requested to report for duty over the sterilization process carried out in the university premises.

There is no intention of opening universities under the traditional method, as social distancing may not be maintained, he added.

“Reopening universities for the undergraduates will take time as there is curfew and people would not be allowed to travel between districts. Even with the curfew being in effect, medical and science faculties of several universities are tasked with conducting real-time PCR tests these days. The staff affiliated with these faculties’ research and laboratory facilities are already following strict health and safety guidelines whilst conducting their test work. Therefore, the same level of precaution can be employed throughout the other faculties as well” Prof. Sampath Amaratunge said.

Universities and Campuses were to reopen in three stages starting from 4 May, but that date too has now been postponed. Now UGC decided to reopen the Medical Faculties of all state universities for final year students only, from 15 June 2020. If this medical faculty re-opening is success, officials to reopen other faculties for final year students first.

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