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New engineering faculties
would be opened in the Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura
universities in the coming years to cope with the engineers shortage in the
country, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairperson, Prof. S. S. M. K. Kshanika
Addressing an MoU signing
ceremony to introduce a local engineering degree under the newly founded Sri
Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) at the UGC auditorium in Colombo, Prof.
Hirimburegama said that Sri Lanka was facing a severe shortage of engineers in view
of the country’s rapid development since the end of the war.
Opening up new engineering
faculties would also tempt more students to study engineering subjects, she
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor
of University of Colombo Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama said that plans were underway
to establish a virtual campus of the Colombo University in Hambantota by 2016
to provide more technological education for students.
Unlike the traditional
subjects, modern and practical subjects would be available in those universities
to produce more engineers, he added.
Statistics revealed that
there was a growing demand for engineers in the fields of industrial, thermal
and power, naval and marine engineering, he said.
According to the Higher
Education Ministry, at present, Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Peradeniya and South Eastern
universities have engineering faculties. The Moratuwa University annually
produced only 125 civil engineers and 100 information technology engineers.
There are also plans to
expand the existing engineering faculties in the country.
At present, engineering,
physical science, computer science, Information and Communication Technology,
Transport and Logistics, Statistics and Mathematical Finance, Management and
Information Technology are some engineering courses available at national
universities. Source - Island