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Peradeniya University’s Senate yesterday suspended eight students from attending lectures for five weeks after they were found guilty of removing the Sir Ivor Jennings nameboard and damaging university property, Registrar Ranjith Alwis said. The names of seven students suspected of being involved in property damage were handed over to the Kandy Magistrate by police yesterday. The Magistrate issued orders to arrest and produce them before Courts. The lecturers who boycotted lectures to protest against the students’ unruly behaviour, following the university’s decision to name the new hostel after its first Vice Chancellor Sir Ivor Jennings resumed lectures from yesterday. By R.
දිනෙන් දින ජනපි‍්‍රයත්වයට පත්වන ගොඩගම සුභාරතී මහා මාත්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයේ වත්මන් දියුණුවට ඇපකැප වූ විදුහල්පතිවරයා හිටිහැටියේ මාරුකර යැවීමට එරෙහිව ප‍්‍රදේශයේ මවුපියන් හා සමිති සමාගම් රාශියක් විරෝධය පළ කරති. හෝමාගම, ගොඩගම සුභාරතී මහා මාත්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයේ විදුහල්පති ලෙස කටයුතු කරමින් සිටි කේ. පී. සිරිසේන මහතා ඉකුත් සතියේ වෙනත් පාසලකට මාරුකර යැවීම සම්බන්ධව, පාසල් සංවර්ධන සමිතියේ සාමාජික මවුපියන්, ආදිශිෂ්‍ය සංගමය සුභාරතී විදුහල සුරැකීමේ සංවිධානය, ගොඩගම “ දීඝායු” ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පුරවැසි කමිටුව, ගොඩගම ප‍්‍රජාමණ්ඩලය, ගොඩගම එක්සත් වෙළඳ සංගමය ආදී සංවිධාන බලවත් විරෝධය පළකරන අතර , ඒ සඳහා බැනර් ආදියද ප‍්‍රදර්ශනය කර ඇත. ගොඩගම සුභාරතී විද්‍යාලයේ වත්මන් දියුණුවට කලාපීය අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරිය කෙනෙහිලිකම් කරන බව පවසන ඔව්හු, පසුගිය තෙමස තුළ ගුරුවරුන් 10ක් අඩු කිරීම, කී‍්‍රඩා උත්සවයට පෙරදින කී‍්‍රඩා ගුරුවරිය මාරු කිරීම, නියෝජ්‍ය විදුරල්පතිනිය මාරුකර යැවීම පසුව ඉකුත් සතියේ කිසිම හේතුවක් නොමැතිව විදුරල්පතිවරයා මාරුකර යැවීම යන කරුණු මේ සඳහා පෙන්වා දෙති.
“Free Education,which was introduced by Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, has been grossly neglected.
The state run Daily News reported today quoting Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Wiswa Warnapala, the Ministry of Higher Education has taken steps to explore the possibilities of getting scholarships awarded by Commonwealth countries and other international bodies for post-graduate education.  Further arrangements, according to the Minister are under way to seek the co-operation of the Commonwealth and non Commonwealth countries to get the number of scholarships awarded to universities substantially increased.  The Minister has reportedly said that the final benefit of this exercise would reach the under-graduates of the 15 universities.  In addition, the Minister of Higher Education is of the view that the number of scholarships awarded for various disciplines is not at all enough to generate enthusiasm among the teaching staff in 15 universities.
The Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree yesterday questioned whether the Tamil community has lost its dignity completely, in a statement expressing his shock on the murder of the Senior Maths Lecturer of the Jaffna University Mr. Mahinan. The veteran Tamil leader condemning the killing said that these types of barbaric acts are ruining the country’s culture and civilization. “The value of human life has become so cheap today that every Dick, Tom and Harry can do anything and go scot-free.
The private sector evaluates the applications made by job-seekers by checking whether they have the skills which will enable them to contribute to the organisations’ growth, image and profitability. Two of the more desired accomplishments it looks for in candidates are a reasonably good knowledge of English and of IT. Those who are not proficient in these subjects are forced to find less congenial employment or even remain unemployed for long periods. Of course, if they are graduates, they usually know how to organise noisy demonstrations which embarrass the government into giving them jobs created for the purpose, with no resultant increase in productivity or quality of service to the public, but those who fail to get into university are often left in limbo. In these circumstances, it was heartening to read, on September 19, 2007, in a short news item hidden away in a less than prominent position in one of our national newspapers, that the Ministry of Higher Education plans to conduct Year 14 classes in English and IT, wherever possible, for those students who are waiting for their Advanced Level Examination results.
The government has appointed a committee of scholars for providing a resolution for problems existing in the education system including the admission of children to schools from year 2009 onwards. Can this committee do what the National Education Commission could not do with its recommendations to the President early this year? The new committee is made up of the academics and the government officials that typically make up these committees. If you take out DP Sumanasekera and DS Mettananda (both now in the Board of Vidura College), and HLB Gomes (former principal, royal College), the new committee does not look very different from the National Education Commission that came up with the first set of recommendations early this year. The NEC’s recommendations are not even available to the public today, being confidential apparently.
The Sir John Kotelawela Defence Academy (KDA) established in 1980, with the specific purpose of grooming academically and professionally qualified officers for the three Armed services would be renamed Sir John Kotelawela Defence University (KDU) today by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Academy elevated to University status in 1988, is the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka and has the reputation of being one of the best in South Asia, being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.  The KDA which fulfils the education demands of Security Forces and related services, was originally established according to a proposal made by the three Service Commanders in 1978, and subsequently established in 1980 on a land donated by Sri Lanka’s third Prime Minister Sir John Kotelawela.  Chancellor Major General Dennis Perera who pioneered the cause of establishing the KDA in the 1970s as the Army Commander called it a revolution of military affairs at that time.  The Chancellor who paid tribute to the late Sir John Kotelawela said in keeping with the modern trend, the Forces’ Commanders had made this recommendation at that time for the establishment of the Academy to train officers of all three Forces under one roof.
A meeting was held between Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Education and the Country Director of the World Bank, Naoko Ishii, on October 02 at the Ministry of Education to negotiate for continuation of assistance to the Education Sector Development Framework and Programme (ESDFP). The Ministry of Education requested further assistance from the World Bank to scale up support for the activities that will promote multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society and for the rehabilitation and development of the education in conflict affected areas. Ariyaratne Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Education, and Dr. Harsha Aturupane, Senior Economist of the World Bank also took part at this meeting. The World Bank commended the Ministry of Education for the successful implementation of the ESDFP.
Every secondary school in England is to be partnered with a university, John Denham is to announce.  The universities secretary will announce the scheme as part of a drive to get more pupils from low-income families into higher education. It aims to encourage more children from poor families to stay in education to get A-levels or their equivalent. He will warn institutions that their reputation will be damaged if they draw students from a narrow social base. Statistics suggest that young people whose families are in the poorest 20% are five times less likely to go to university than their peers in the richest 20%.