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    Students who follow courses at University Colleges that were initiated during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era before 2015 would be given the opportunity to continue their courses up to degree level, although the previous UNP led Government attempted to close them down, Information and Mass Media and Higher Education Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardane said in Parliament yesterday.

    He added that all measures would be taken to ensure the future of the students of University Colleges and allow them to obtain degrees through the University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC).Minister Dr. Gunawardane told Parliament that discussions were in progress with the students and lecturers of University Colleges to allow them to obtain the degrees through the UNIVOTEC.

    He added that a professor has been appointed as the competent authority to the UNIVOTEC to attend to this matter as he has enough experience in developing a university. But the UNP government had appointed an Army officer as the head of the said institute.Minister Dr. Gunawardena made these observations in response to a special statement made by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake under Standing Order 27(2).

    He queried whether the government had taken a decision to shut down the six University Colleges established in 2014.He added that the previous government deprived the students of their allowances as well.Minister Dr.Gunawardane said steps have already taken to initiate University Colleges at every Divisional Secretariat.He added that not only the student allowances but many other facilities are to be granted to those students.

     

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