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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