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‘Graduates with growth mindset and creativity should be produced’

Dean of the Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda presenting  Ran Rasu literary work to the USJP Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage. Picture by Roshan Pitipana.
Dean of the Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda presenting Ran Rasu literary work to the USJP Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage. Picture by Roshan Pitipana.

Well-known literary scholar Chulananda Samaranayake highlighted the importance of nurturing graduates with a growth mindset and creativity rather than focusing on producing graduates as per the labour market’s demands.

He was delivering the keynote speech at the Publications Day of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences yesterday.

“Unemployment is not a consequence of our policies but rather an issue connected with the personality of graduates. Universities should produce creative individuals that are capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is rotating in a different direction. There will be more space for those who use their skills practically. Therefore, the universities should focus on producing graduates skilful and capable of facing challenges,” he added.

He added that universities should turn into thinking tanks. “Universities should foster literature and encourage students to produce more and more literary pieces,” he said.

Two main publications were launched on the Faculty publications Day. Disi Widesi, a collection of poetry by the undergrads of the faculty and Ran Rasu literary works were launched. Five literary works of undergrads and literary works of the academic staff were also launched.

Sri Jayewardenepura University Vice-Chancellor and Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage highlighted the importance of changing the Education paradigm to produce graduates with creativity and problem-solving skills.

Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda highlighted that University students should take the initiative in creating interest in society in literary works which could in the long term lead to a literary resurgence in arts and culture.