Saturday, March 2, 2013
Return & Serve the Country-President appeals to University Lecturers
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked the university academic staff who are overseas on scholarships and other engagements using the common man's money to return to the Sri Lanka and serve the motherland to improve the educational level of universities.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa states that if expatriate university lecturers do decide to arrive in Sri Lanka, the government would provide them with concessions.
President Rajapaksa's comments in this regard came while addressing the progress review meeting which was held at the Ministry of Higher Education.
The President said those who have gone abroad are duty bound to serve the country as the money spent to send them is the hard - earned money of the common man. He said it is their duty to utilize their knowledge, thanks to free education, for the betterment of the country.
"The academic staff are badly needed here to impart what they learnt to the lesser fortunate children here and assist them to raise the standard of university education to move with the present day needs," he said.
"Come back and serve the country. You are sent overseas on scholarships and various other programmes with the hope that you would share your knowledge to improve the educational standard of our children. You are duty bound to serve the motherland because you have been sent on the hard earned money of the common man," the President said.
Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake said most of the academic staff abroad are keen to come back and rejoin the university system if they get government approval.
"Most members of the academic staff left the country owing to the reign of terror. After liberating the country from terrorism, most have expressed their desire to come back," he said.
The minister said most staff abroad on scholarships will have to pay a fine for breaking the agreement they signed.
The President said the government was ready to provide them relief and advised authorities to form a methodology to assist them.