Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sri Lanka:Leadership training for university Students 2012

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Sri Lanka Higher Education Ministry has launched a new web site about University Leadership Training Program 2012. 
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The University leadership training programme for Sri Lankan students who have qualified to enter University for the 2011/2012 academic year will commence on December 27 media reports.

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Old News:
The Leadership Training Program for Sri Lankan University students would be delayed says the President of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri.
The Minister S.B. Dissanayake promised to conduct a wide discussion before starting the leadership training program and this year it would delayed as scheduled November 15 he said.
Special discussion held between Higher Education Ministry officials and FUTA November 1 regarding the issues of leadership training program for next university intake.

Old News:
The three week leadership training programme for Sri Lankan students who have qualified to enter University for the 2011/2012 academic year will commence on November 15 for the third concecutive year media reports.

But Higher Education Ministry Director General of Students affairs Keerthi Mawella told the that it will commence within next two months and Ministry is hoping to announce the exact commencement date after the Attorney General’s advice received.
The Sri Lankan Higher Education Ministry will seek the university academics' and Vice Chancellors' views on the on-going leadership training programme. The ministry will make appropriate changes to the leadership and positive abilities development programme in accordance with the proposals and ideas of the academics and the VCs.
The leadership training program is scheduled to launch in three sessions for three batches of 9,000 students each. The Ministry is hoping send the relevant convening letters to the first batch of the selected students within next month.

The programme is scheduled to start at 29 Army Camps islandwide, according to the Higher Education Ministry Director General of Students affairs Keerthi Mawella.
Twenty nine Army camps in the North and East, Colombo, Kandy and Galle districts have been selected for the programme.

The programme's aim is to develop leadership skills and change the undergraduates' attitudes.The training comprises both theory and practical sessions including indoor and outdoor activities. Every student who is participating in the programme has to follow a daily routine.

Students have to wake up at 4 am and participate in exercises. Lectures follow after this. The students would be trained in team work, presentation skills, visionary thinking and conflict resolution. Students have to learn about waking up on time, how to do exercises, working on time, how to study well, how to do team work, how to eat properly and how to respect others.

The Ministry last year introduced a leadership training programme to new entrants to universities to be carried out every year and this year leadership training gave to Buddhist monks who enter the Buddhist University or any state university in Sri Lanka.
Earlier the Ministry postponed the leadership training programme due to Z score fiasco and University Lecturers strike.
According to the Ministry sources, feedback received from the students, parents and university academics has been considered in preparing this year's programme.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sri Lankan Universities back to normalcy

Sri Lankan university system turned to normalcy after lecturers are reported to work yesterday finishing three-month long strike and tug-of-war between academics and government.

Majority of Sri Lankan universities re-commenced academic activities yesterday and several universities will be re commenced this week or early next week Higher Education Ministry sources said. Management and Science faculties of Jaffna University will be re-opened on October 17 and 22.

Sri Lanka’s longest lecturer strike commonly known FUTA Strike which continued for nearly 100 days, was called off by the university teachers’ union FUTA last week and government agreed to fulfill FUTA’s demand.

As a result of the three-month strike, universities suspended academic activities for around 90,000 undergraduate students and examinations were affected.
The Lecturers’ union FUTA said arrangements had been made to re-commence academic activities at all universities soon and also they hope to conduct lectures on Weekends to cover the syllabus quickly.

FUTA is currently engaging the evaluation of A/L Exam (university entrance exam) papers delayed by the strikes for more than two months. 
Last week Sri Lankan government has agreed to withdraw all circulars issued so far that obstruct the progressive work of university lecturers.