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‘Undergraduates should be competent in English’

President of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo Rajiv Amarasuriya handing over the felicitation plaque to Education Minister and former Vice Chancellor of Colombo University Prof. G.L. Peiris.
President of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo Rajiv Amarasuriya handing over the felicitation plaque to Education Minister and former Vice Chancellor of Colombo University Prof. G.L. Peiris.

The Alumni Association of the University of Colombo felicitated their former Vice Chancellor and an illustrious alumnus, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at a function held at the Senate Hall of the University of Colombo recently.

The event was attended by Vice Chancellors, Deans, Academics and Alumnus.

President of the Alumni Association Rajeev Amarasuriya in his welcome address said “As an admired academic and university administrator, we can confidently say that there is no better person to be given the portfolio of the Minister of Education, and during your term of office we look forward to many revolutionary changes in our education system, which has much room for improvement.”

Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Senior Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne congratulated Prof. Peiris on his appointment wished him all the best in the important national task of reforming the Educational Sector which has been entrusted to him.

She reiterated that the University of Colombo has been ranked No 1 among all universities in the country as a result of strategic planning targeted at sustainable development goals, extensive research and development work that was carried out by the University with emphasis on value addition, hosting the AUA Youth Forum in 2019, participating in International webinars, and becoming the best performing university after the COVID 19 shut down.

Former Alumni Association President Thilak Karunaratne traced the milestones of Prof. Peiris’ outstanding education and academic achievements and his political journey. He referred to some fond memories and anecdotes about his school days.

Minister Prof G.L. Peiris was formally introduced by the Dean of the Faculty of Law Prof. Indira Nanayakkara.

Prof. G.L. Peiris said that he was very happy to be back in the University of Colombo which is very familiar territory to him, having been in the University of Colombo for 26 years in different capacities, and ending up as its Vice Chancellor.

He said that each of the 13 universities must focus on a unique and a different way to be identified for their strengths and capacity. Each University should be seen as different from the other. He further raised the concern that the university system is unable to accommodate a large number of students although they qualify with the required marks for university entrance and therefore he has plans to increase the intake to the Universities. He drew attention to the mismatch in university curricula as against the requirements of employers for suitable employment in the job market. He said that private sector employers have said that there are many vacancies for employment in the private sector but they are unable to find candidates to fill these vacancies.

The Minister said that undergraduates need to be taught Information Technology before they graduate from the University and also made competent to work in English if they are to obtain gainful employment.

Prof. Peiris in his address referred to the contribution made by Past President of the Alumni Association the late Mrs. Sujata Jayawardena by building a Hostel to accommodate Women Undergraduates at Buller’s Lane since at that time the University had rented 32 individual houses to accommodate these students.

The event concluded with the Vote of Thanks delivered by the Vice President of the Association Ms. Suranjani Wickramaratne.